Batesville junior Adam Moster will be traveling for his inaugural trip to the IHSAA state track and field finals at Indiana University-Bloomington.
Moster ran the 800 meters in 1:57.29, over a second in front of New Palestine's Devon Whitaker at the Warren Central regional May 23. The Bulldogs placed 8th among the 40-team field, scoring 22 points. The girls team placed 16th of 40 teams at the Shelbyville regional May 21 in a meet delayed by rain. Despite the iffy weather, BHS had a few ribbon winners on the night.
The 4x400 relay team of Katie Olsen, Liz Loichinger, Stephanie Nobbe and Carley Pride beat their personal record by 3 seconds to place 6th (4:13.88). Loichinger was 7th in the 1600 meters (5:34.73), Pride took 8th in the 400 (1:03.96) and the 4x100 team ran a PR for 7th (Nobbe, Gabby Gibbs, Lily Meyer, Roxie Hund; 52.37). Loichinger, Lily Pinckley, Trysta Vierling and Olsen were 8th in the 4x800 (10:20.34) and Pinckley 8th in the 3200 (12:19.27).
Adam Bedel placed 5th in discus, beating his previous PR by over 20 feet (145-feet-10.5-inches) and topping his seed position by 11 slots. Also outperforming their seeds were Joshua Myers in the 1600 (5th; 4:36.55) and the 4x800 team of JJ Kuisel, Moster, Benjamin Moster, Johnathon Lynch (5th; 8:20.59pr).
"Overall it was a great season," said BHS coach Lisa Gausman. "Good luck to Adam at state and to all seniors. We have a young team with a lot returning next year and I know we will be even stronger!"
Gausman also acknowledged three boys making 1st-team Academic All-State and four others gaining honorable mention. Bedel, A. Moster and Charlie Laymon were 1st-teamers while Loichinger, Sam Haskamp, Manav Patel and Mason Enneking were mentioned. Criteria included GPA as well as SAT and ACT scores.
Oldenburg Academy freshman Kate Walke was unable to advance to the 100 hurdles finals.
East Central will have representatives at the IHSAA girls state meet June 1. Eva Grimm, Ellie Lengerich, Lily Greiwe and Emma Fey tied their 4x400 season best (4:04) to place third. Also in third with a new season best (9:45) was the 4x800 team of Greiwe, Fey, Lengerich and Emilee Wedding. Casey Johnson pole vaulted to state, placing 3rd (10-06) with a new school record. The 4x100 team (Brianna Lobenstein, Alicia Rosemeyer, Fey, Grimm) made it 3 relays on to state after taking 3rd (50.11).
Greensburg's Lily Grimes won shot put (41-9.75) and teammate Brenner Hanna was 2nd in the 1600; Hanna will also run the 800 at state after placing 3rd. Rushville's Charity Griffith advanced in high jump and South Dearborn's Eva Quinlan in 300 hurdles. South Ripley's Megan Cole won the 3200 (11:11.17).
The boys state meet takes place May 31 at the Robert Haugh Track & Field Complex. Moster's race is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
EC will send 2 relay teams and a pair of individuals to Bloomington. The Trojan 4x400 team of Alex Hornbach, Clayton Deitsch, Erik Perkins and Chase Ludwig ran a season-best 3:24.94 to earn the regional title. Hornbach, Perkins, Ludwig and Keiton Goeldner took runner-up in the 4x100 (43.1). Hornbach's great night continued when he broke the school record in the 100 dash (PR, state standard) with a 10.84 to place 2nd. His 22.4 PR in the 200 was 4th but earned him a state callback. Teammate Malachi Studer will compete in state high jump after his runner-up leap of 6-04.5 (state std.).
Milan's Matthew Riehle was regional champ in the 400 (49.52) and South Dearborn's Nathan Pruitt qualified in shot put.
Lucas McFee earned OA's lone point, taking 8th in long jump (20-04.5). Fellow senior Chris Moorman just missed out on the 110 hurdles finals (9th; 15.96) and was 15th in the 300 hurdles (44.29). Tyler Kuntz raced in the 3200, where he placed 16th (11:13.1).