What's in a name?
There could be a million reasons why people have their given name.
When those reasons for a given first name, come together with an already cool last name, great name combos start to form.
I have searched through both boys and girls heat sheets for the IHSAA State Finals to find the "best" names in Track and Field that are competing at State over the weekend.
What we end up with are some fun categories, some great names, and then we finish it off with the 2023 "All-Name" Team.
Below you will find the categories, and for each athlete their school and events that they will compete in!
So here goes, the 2023 IHSAA Track and Field Best Names Compilation List!
Food names - Some Delicious treats, some great grub and a few "Chefs" to put it all together in this tasty category!
Darrell Rice - Brownsburg - 100, 4x100
Brandon Rice - Austin - 4x800, 800
Josh Berry - Lake Central - 400, 4x400
Elijah Berry - Bloomington South - 4x100
Evan Mayo - Zionsville - 4x800
Tyler Tarter - Fishers - 110 H, 300 H, 4x400
Sarah Maple - Ft. Wayne Condcordia - 4x800
Peyton Coffey - Center Grove - High Jump
Ian Baker - Brownsburg - 1600
Rae'Kwon Lemons - Elkhart - Shot Put
Lily Baker - Columbus North - 4x800, 1600, 800
Nick Cook - Wapahani - 800
(Tyler Tarter of Fishers competes in the Hurdles at the 2022 State Finals)
Color Names - A great spread of color in this year's state meet, spanning the entire color wheel and more!
Antonette Green - HSE - 4x100
Violet Hall - Bloomington South - High Jump
Alivia White - Indian Creek - 4x800
Kendall Ivory - South Bend Washington - Long Jump
Alex Orange - Munster - 100, 200
Tiara Gray - Portage - 4x100, 4x400
D'Andre Black - Bloomington South - 110 H
Dandre Brown - East Chicago Central - 110 H
Jeremiah Brown - Jeffersonville - 100, 200
Ralph Brown - Munster - 1600
Nylan Brown - Ben Davis - Shot Put
Nick Brown - Pike - Discus
DJ White - Penn - 4x100
Michael White - Homestead - Long Jump
(Bloomington South's Violet Hall competes at the regional and placed 3rd to advance to State)
Royalty Names - There are some royally good names in this category, and yes Tiara Gray earned her way into two categories!
Amaya Royal - Castle - 100, 200
Princess Campbell - Westfield - 100, 4x100
Precious Knight - Hammond Bishop Knoll - High Jump
Tiara Gray - Portage - 4x100, 4x400
Chastity Knight - Corydon Central - 4x100
Nolan King - Evansville Central - 1600
Daylon King - Mt. Vernon - 4x800
Aaron Lord - New Albany - 1600, 3200
Aidan Lord - New Albany - 1600, 3200
(Aaron and Aidan Lord look on during the cross country season. The brothers will both compete in the 1600 and 3200 at State this weekend)
Fun to Say Names - These names speak for themselves, just try them!
Breece Bass - Franklin Central - 400
Henrique Carvahlo - Columbus East - 300 H
Cambell Wamsley - Carmel - 400, 4x400
Waverly Woolever - Hamilton Heights - High Jump
All-Name Teams - Finally we get the main event, the best of the best (as picked by me), the 2023 IHSAA State Track and Field "All-Name" Teams
Beautifull Childs - New Albany - 4x100, 4x400
Trynati Hoosier - Warren Central - 4x100
Journey Howard - New Albany - 100 H, 4x400
Heaven Jones - Portage - 4x400
Precious Knight - Pike - 4x100
Liberty Scott - Cass - 100 H, 300 H
Angel Thomas - South Bend Adams - 100, 200, 4x100
(Angel Thomas leaps before attacking the 100 meter dash at the 2022 State Finals)
Jordan King - Ft. Wayne North Side - Shot Put
Max McCool - Castle - 4x100
Leviticus Land - Heritage Christian - Shot Put
Skyler Vanskyhawk - Mishawaka - 110 H
Mat Victory - Castle - 4x100
Be on the look out for all of these incredible athletes as they compete in the state finals this weekend and if you don't know them now you'll certainly remember their names after this weekend!
The IHSAA Track and Field State Finals are taking place at Indiana University on Friday, June 2nd (Boys) and Saturday, June 3rd (Girls).