BLOOMINGTON | When it was announced that Lew Wallace would be closing at the end of the school year, Darius Mahome was suddenly in an unusual position.
Mahone became the last student-athlete to ever compete for the Hornets when he raced in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300 meter intermediate hurdles in Saturday’s IHSAA track and field state championships at Indiana University.
The senior placed fifth in the 300 (38.41).
“I came into the meet with the mindset of trying to take it all home, but at the end of the day I was just hoping to my best,” he said. “I did my best, so I’m happy with that.”
An issue with the public address system caused Mahome to run his heat of the 110 race twice, but he did not advance to the finals. With the sun sinking behind the trees in Bloomington and the sun setting on Lew Wallace, Mahome set a personal best in the 300.
“It’s a blessing,” Mahome said. “I feel like God led me here for a reason and I can only thank Him for everything.
“I feel like I accomplished something. Can’t really be mad at that. I’m just raising the bar for my community and my area.”
Robinson’s resume: Gelen Robinson added a third individual state championship to the long list of accomplishments he has achieved at Lake Central.
Twice a winner in wrestling, Robinson won the discus (197 feet, 7 inches) by nearly 10 feet over his closest competitor. He also finished third (58-2) in the shot put.
“I think I was pretty satisfied with my winning throws this year,” Robinson said. “Getting first place was my ultimate goal.”
Adding to his wrestling title from this year, Robinson won two individual state championships in a span of about three months to close out his high school career.
“I think I’m definitely going to look back on it in a great way,” Robinson said. “I’m glad that I got to make my school proud and go out and win a couple state titles this year.”
Trojan force: Chesterton's 3,200 relay team of Tyler Vore, Billy Biehl, Marlon Williams and Kevin Kenney took first place on Saturday.
“I thought it was going to be a lot closer than it was,” Biehl said. “We couldn’t be happier with how we ran.”
The Trojans (7:44.87) outpaced the field by nearly four seconds despite Williams being a relative newcomer to the foursome and to the sport.
“It’s pretty cool,” Williams said. “I haven’t really been doing this (very long). I just stepped in trying to help these guys out and we were lucky enough to win a state championship.”