Saturday's competition surely did not disappoint at the Warsaw's second showcase meet. There were several impressive performances from the meet with a few of them highlighted below. Additional coverage from the meet can be found with the links below
Girls 1600m Elite Race
Going into the weekend we knew that there would be a competitive field in the girls 1600m and the race lived up to the hype. The talk was about how many girls would be able to hit that sub five minute mark and we would quickly find out that the number would be three. Ava Jarrell, Libby Dowty, and Mallory Weller pushed the pace to average 37s each lap and break away from the competition towards the end of the race
Ava would take the win, avenging her loss to Libby Dowty from earlier in the season at the , with a time of 4:55.84 which earns her a new all time PR for the 1600m between indoor and outdoor. Dowty and Weller were close behind with both knocking a second off their best time so far this indoor season
Petkova Dominant in the 400m
Kristina Petkova would run her first 400m of the year and would do so with an impressive 58.29 effort. She would take the win by 3 seconds over runner-up Ciara Kepner to place herself at IN #4 and be one of six girls to break the 60 second barrier so far this year.
Kristina has raced the 200m dash the past couple of weekends going 26.33 in her last outing at Warsaw before running to a 26.13 last weekend, just .27 off her best mark from last outdoor season according to our database.
She narrowly missed earning an auto qualifying mark in the 400m for state last year as she placed fourth in the Goshen Regional with a personal best mark of 58.39. With her already running faster than that this weekend she will likely look to avenge her performance from last year
Jarrell Doubles Back Once Again
Last weekend Ava Jarrell ran to a new indoor PR in the 1600m before doubling back to an outright PR in the 800 to win both events. Just seven days later the Pendleton Heights Junior standout would run it back and do it again at Warsaw.
In the 1600m she would beat her time from the Pike Regional last year where she placed 3rd with a 4:57. Her performance in the 800m was very similar to last weekend with a fast finish down the final stretch to finish with a near identical time as last weekend and improve her PR by one hundredth of a second.
Gwen Howard Throws to IN #2
In the shot put Gwen Howard would start her season off strong with her best toss being a throw of 44' 3". According to our database that is only 10 inches off of her best mark in the shot from last year where she threw a 45' 1" to win the Goshen Regional before taking the podium at state with a 6th place performance the next weekend.
Her throw ranks her second in the state and #14 nationally. In the state rankings she is just ahead of Hannah Alexander's 41' 10.75" effort and a couple of feet behind Emarie Jackson who threw to 47' 3" to place herself in the #2 spot on the national leaderboard.