Fantastic foursome: Chesterton’s 1,600 relay team of AJ
Thompson, Ryan Wells, Joe Bailey and Geoff Lambert placed second with a
new-school record of 3:18.32 Saturday at the boys track and field state meet
in Bloomington. (Photo by Casey Lambert)
By AP and JIMMY KISSEE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Chesterton’s 1,600 relay team of Joe Bailey, Ryan
Wells, AJ Thompson and Geoff Lambert brought back a second place finish,
crossing the finish line with a new school-record of 3:18.32 Saturday at the
boys state track and field meet.
Spencer West added a fifth place finish in the shot put (57-6) for the
Trojans, who totaled 13 points, which was good enough for 13th place
overall. Max Goldak added a 23rd place finish in the 3,200.
Fort Wayne Northrop locked a record-breaking championship in the vault and
no one could touch it.
The Bruins stayed close early in the running events, took the lead with a
victory by Travvis White in the high jump and clinched the Indiana high
school boys track and field championship Saturday night with an impressive
first, second and eighth in the pole vault.
Coupled with the Northrop’s championship in the state girls meet Friday
night, it was the first time since Gary Roosevelt in 1983 that one school
swept both team titles in the same year.
The 20 points Northrop earned in the pole vault alone — thanks to champion
James Martzall, runner-up Brandon Schneider and eighth-place Seager Wilson —
pushed its lead to 26 points over Indianapolis North Central with just five
It was more than enough.
The Bruins continued to pad the lead and finished with a state-record 86
points to North Central’s distant 50. Defending champion Lawrence North was
third with 32 1/2 points, followed by Elkhart Memorial with 32, Fort Wayne
Snider with 30 and Lawrence Central with 28 1/2.
Northrop, the runner-up last year, won its first boys title since 1997. The
Bruins also had firsts by Kesonn Lee in the 100 meters and Charles Bailey in
the 110-hurdles, a second by Bailey in the 300-hurdles and thirds by Brennon
Plotner in both the 800 and 1,600.
The 86 points broke the former record of 84 set two years ago by Lawrence
The team championship was the first for Northrop coach Bob Shank, a former
state champion himself in the pole vault at Fort Wayne North.
Northrop started its run to the championship in the 110-hurdles, where
Bailey edged Wawasee’s Anthony Argentino by .02 second. Bailey was the
runner-up in that event a year ago.
The Bruins moved up to third place in the standings on the next event, the
100, when Lee’s winning time of 10.70 seconds led a trio of runners
finishing ahead of defending champion Pierre Bush of North Central. Bush
also finished seventh in the long jump but pulled his left hamstring in the
Teammate Howie Kyser’s fourth in the shot put and seventh in the discus
helped keep the Panthers close until Northrop took control of the meet in
the pole vault.
After that, Lee added to the Bruins’ point parade with a fifth in the 200,
and Plotner finished behind John Hiestand of Bloomington North and John
Cavanaugh of South Bend St. Joseph’s in the 800. North Central won the
1,600-relay, but Bailey, Lee, White and Tyrus Walker gave Northrop a sixth
in that event. Bailey finished second and teammate Walter Hopkins sixth in
the final event, the 300-hurdles, to complete the scoring.
White beat runner-up Tre Kemp of Lawrence North in the high jump. Both
cleared 6-8, but White had fewer misses.
The meet’s only individual double-winner was Christian Wagner of Columbus
North, who won both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs for the second straight
year and received the IHSAA award for mental attitude. Donald Washington of
Franklin Central also successfully defended his championship in the long
jump. The only record came in the first event, the 3,200-meter relay, where
Carmel’s winning time of 7 minutes, 41.70 seconds broke the former record of
7:42.64 set by Bloomington South in 1999.