By SCOTT DAVIDSON
WARSAW – There was no way Wawasee girls track coach Scott Lancaster could be disappointed with Jordan Edington and Breanna Robinson Tuesday night.
The Warrior mentor wasn’t either.
Lancaster watched his regional representatives both put forth strong performances in the Warsaw Regional. Neither earned a top three finish and a spot in the State Finals June 1 at Indiana University, but the pair performed well in a very strong field.
“Both Jordan and Breanna did what they had to do tonight and that’s put themselves in position to advance,” said Lancaster. “We thought both of them had a shot to coming in.
“I thought Jordan performed and threw fairly well. It was I believe her third best of the season. She was just a few inches short. I know she’s disappointed, but we’re not. We’re proud of what she accomplished this year. She did well in the big meets. She was the NLC and sectional champion both as a junior.
“Breanna had a PR by three seconds. How can you not be satisfied and happy with that? She did what she needed to do in her race to have a chance to advance. We knew the competition was a lot stiffer tonight. Her strategy was to run up front and try and be fast enough to make the state standard.”Edington finished in fifth place in the shot put with a top throw of 37’2″. Culver Academy sophomore Leah Heckaman won the event with a throw of 40’11.75″.
Mishawaka senior Maria Tomlinson was second (40’10.75″), Kokomo sophomore Summer Blackamore third (37’9.50″) and Fairfield sophomore Sierra Smith fourth (37’3.25″).
Robinson, only a freshman, was sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:19.04. Junior Brittany Neeley of Eastern (Greentown) won the 800 in 2:15.54.
The Warriors’ 4×800 relay team of Robinson, senior Kaely Bame, freshman Courtney Linnemeier and junior Jen Slabaugh finished in seventh place with a time of 10:13.91.
Host Warsaw won the regional title with 70 points. South Bend Adams was second with 57, followed by South Bend St. Joseph’s (49), Mishawaka (40) and Fairfield (36) to round out the top five.