BLOOMINGTON | Spinning is an important part of many discus throwers’ repertoires.
Rensselaer senior Chelsie Meeks was not happy trying to spin positive sentiments out of what she called another “loss.”
Meeks was the top local finisher at Saturday’s 40th annual Girls Track and Field State Finals at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University.
The big “however” was that Meeks was runner-up in the discus for a second consecutive year.
Last year it was DeKalb’s Rachell Dincoff; this time Lawrence Central junior Adriana Brown set a state record of 168 feet, 6 inches. Meeks was second with 144-8. Hanover Central’s Kayla York medaled by taking ninth in the same.
The region had no shot put finalists.
“She had a good day,” Meeks said of Brown. “I threw against her at a throwers’ meet and beat her there.”
Meeks does not have a configuration planned for her two state runner-up rings. She did not rule out earrings.
With a spot on Purdue’s team next year Meeks will certainly be back at the Haugh complex, but she doesn’t blame it for her finishes.
“Today it was definitely the wind,” Meeks said. “I couldn’t get it to ride the wind. The weather was frustrating.”
Action Jackson: Westville senior Savanna Jackson would prefer a career arc that includes her making a lot of money after college and donating some back to Westville so that its planned new track complex can continue to improve.
The Blackhawks have used a dirt track for the past decade-plus, but when Jackson qualified for state last year she was the first track athlete at her school to do so in decades.
She was 18th in the shot put last year and 21st Saturday. Her prior-night meal last year was ribs; Friday she ate steak.
“I wasn’t as nervous this year, but I’m still a little disappointed with how I threw,” Jackson said. “I still had a lot of fun. I think I’ve done a lot for our track program.”
Born ceaselessly into the past: Throughout the weekend in Bloomington, medals were presented by members of the the silver girls and boys teams and the golden anniversary boys teams compiled by the Indiana Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC).
Each team and present members were honored prior to the national anthem both nights of this state finals weekend.
Locals named to the boys golden anniversary team, when running distances were measured in yards, were E.C. Washington’s Bernard Rivers (100, 220), Froebel’s Willie Lewis (440), Valparaiso’s Earl Deal Jr. (mile), LaPorte’s Jerry Saffell (120 hurdles, 180 hurdles) and West Side’s Mark Jenkins (high jump).
The boys silver anniversary team (events by meters) boasted Bishop Noll’s Marvin Setzer (100) and the Gary Roosevelt trio of Charles Harris (400), Phillip Jefferson (800) and John Campbell (coach).
The girls silver anniversary team included Highland’s Tami Van Senus (1,600), Kankakee Valley’s Celestte Susnis (3,200) and Gary Roosevelt’s LaShonda Ferrell (100 hurdles).