Girls track and field | State finals

West Side's Christian turns heads at state finals

2014-06-06T21:00:00Z 2014-09-09T23:09:16Z West Side's Christian turns heads at state finalsSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

BLOOMINGTON | The old saying is simple – “Speed kills.” But at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex on Friday, the saying was a little different.

“Speed thrills” is what many at the IHSAA girls state championships were saying about West Side freshman Antonies Christian. The kid can flat-out fly, pure and simple.

“I was really nervous, my first time here,” Christian said after finishing third in the 100 at 12.07. The winner, Pike's Lynna Irby, is also a ninth grader, so get used to these two going at it the next three years.

“I'm coming back next year for first place,” Christian said.

Her day, though, was far from over.

Christian was joined by Chynna Miller, Vanessa Mabone and Tyeshia Hunter to finish fifth in the 400 Relay with a time of 48.42. In the 400, Christian finished fifth at 56.34.

West Side's athletes wore T-shirts that read, “Faith then Favor.”

Christian spoke to what that meant to her.

“You have to have faith in God,” she said. “If you do, then he will have favor on you.”

The other story of the day was what Crown Point freshman Kristen LaCosse did. She had the region's best finish when she jumped 18-06.75 to finish second in the long jump.

“My first two jumps were awful,” LaCosse said, who missed the board on her first jump then scratched on her second. There was just a wee bit of pressure on her third jump.

“I was so happy I made the finals,” LaCosse said. “I think I was doubting myself. Yes, I was taken in by the atmosphere.”

There was nothing but faith when LaCosse competed in the 300 hurdles. She flew around the track and over the hurdles in a time of 44.43 to finish fifth and to get up to the medal stand for the second time.

“I am so happy I made it to the podium,” LaCosse said.

In the final race of the day, the 1,600 Relay, region fans saw the two starts go toe-to-toe on the final lap. And it was LaCosse who was able to slip past Christian to give the Bulldogs an 11th-place finish, while the Cougars were 13th in the race.

Lawrence Central won the team championship with 47 points. Indianapolis Pike was second with 38 points. West Side finished 11th with 18 points. Crown Point was 20th with 13 points. And Bishop Noll was 25th with 10 points.

“This was a good day,” Christian said. “We'll keep working hard and try to come back here next year and do better.”

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