Top 5 Girls Performers from the IndianaRunner Invitational


It was a fierce day of competition at the IndianaRunner Invitational at PFW with hundreds of the state's best track and field athletes coming together to compete! Records were set, PRs were shattered and memories were made. 

Here we look at some of the girl's competitors who made their mark at the meet and what made their day special. 


Schwab and Teachnor Go Head-To-Head in the Pole Vault

The state's top two-ranked pole vaulters came into the meet facing off for the second consecutive indoor meet and for the second meet in a row, Ashlyn Schwab came away with the victory. Both Ashlyn Schwab and Delaney Teachnor vaulted 12' 0", with Schwab coming away with the victory on attempts. 

Teachnor is now tied for 50th nationally in the indoor pole vault this season with her vault of 12' 0" and Schwab ranks tied for 36th with her best vault of 12' 3". Teachnor ranks tied for 18th all-time in Indiana, while Schwab ranks 16th. 

Ava Jarrell Shines in the Distance Events

The Pendleton Heights junior shined at the IndianaRunner Invitational where she took home victories in the 800m and 1600m events. In the 800m, Jarrell won with a time of 2:18.27, winning by over two seconds. This was an indoor 800m PR for her, beating her old time of 2:22.60, and a new #3 time for all Indiana girls this season. 

In the 1600m, Jarrell ran a time of 5:00.47, winning the event by 10 seconds and earning a new indoor PR by 3 seconds. This is one of the fastest girls times this season, just ahead of Libby Dowty's performance from the last IR meet where she would run a time of 5:00.75. Her time of 5:00.47 is also the #12 1600m time all-time for Indiana. 

Emily Norris Takes Home All the Titles

Emily Norris the Carmel standout athlete, kept on her winning ways at the meet, taking home titles in the 60m, 200m, and long jump. In the 60m, Norris ran a season-best time of 7.85 to take home to victory by a hundredth of a second over Maya Taylor. In the 200m, she ran an indoor PR of 25.87 to win by eight-hundredths of a second. Lastly, she won the long jump title with a jump of 17' 8.5", jumping over 17 feet in three of her six attempts. 

Overall in Indiana this season, Norris now ranks #2 in the 60m, #2 in the 200m, and #1 in the long jump. 

Kya Crooke Clears the Bar

Kya Crooke didn't start until the bar was well past any other competitor and then held on for the win in her final attempt at her first height to stay undefeated on the season. Crooke started at a height of 5' 7" and cleared that on her third and final attempt. After clearing at 5' 7", Crooke bypassed any attempts at any further heights. 

Crooke currently ranks #1 in the high jump in Indiana at a height of 5' 9" and is ranked #2 in the nation, only behind Cali Bryant of Texas at 5' 10".

400m Comes Down to a Fraction

Down to the THOUSANDTHS of a second! That's what the 400m came down to with matching digits of 59.120 for both Omema Anyawu and Laila Smith. That's right! The 400m ended in a tie between Anyawu and Smith. Both girls are now just two of the four girls in the state to run under 60 seconds in the 400m this season, with Smith ranking #3 and Anyawu ranking #4.