By TIM CREASON
BLOOMINGTON – Doing the best you can and getting the results you want don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand.
Warsaw’s boys felt like they did the best they could at the boys state track finals Saturday. But only one earned an IHSAA medal.
Owen Glogovsky, a Tiger senior, raced to a sixth-place finish in the 1600-meter run on the Indiana University track at Bloomington. He clocked 4:17.37, a blistering time considering that a storm passed through the area just an hour before his race.
Glogovsky was caught in the back of the pack early, but unleashed a solid kick at the end, splitting 65 seconds on his last lap.
Otherwise, the story was like that told by senior Ross Armey after he finished 12th in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking 39.48 seconds.
“I would have like to have done a little better,” said Armey. “I wanted to get the school record. I came short of that. I wanted (to get on the awards) podium. But I fell a little short of that.”
Close, but not close enough.
Warsaw’s 4 x 100 relay team was running a good race in the second of three heats, but was disqualified when the exchange between third leg Armey and anchor leg Brandon Reinholt took place outside of the exchange zone. Armey and senior Reinholt were paired with juniors Will McGarvey and Rane Kilburn in the relay.
In the long jump, senior Tommy Hickerson was 25th for the Tigers. He leapt 19 feet, 8 ½ inches.
Whitko had a pair of athletes experience similar results. Senior shot putter Walker Hobbs reached 49 feet, 2 ½ inches in the trials. In the high hurdles, junior Alex Morales clocked 15 seconds flat for 15th place in the trials.
Only the top nine go on to the finals.
NorthWood star senior sprinter Bailey Gessinger raced to a fourth-place finish in the 200. Gessinger clocked in at 21.92 in the finals after posting the top time at 21.74 in the prelims.
Columbia City senior Andrew McFarland was third in the 400 in a time of 48.69. Northridge junior Ben Zuercher was ninth in the race in a time of 49.68. Rochester senior Wesley Meyer placed seventh in the 800 in 1:56.33.
Plymouth sophomore Nate Patterson took third in the high jump by clearing 6-10. Fairfield senior Mitch DeWitt placed eighth in the long jump with a top effort of 22-01.
An intense battle for the team title saw defending champ Carmel come from behind with two events remaining to pass Michigan City and Ben Davis. Final score: Carmel 43, Michigan City 41, Ben Davis 41.
Warsaw scored four points.
Michigan City’s Daniel Armstrong and ShanQuan Hemphill managed a rare 1-2 sweep in the high jump, turning away Plymouth’s Nate Patterson in a nailbiter. Armstrong cleared 7 feet, Hemphill went 6-11 and Patterson made it over 6-10.
For Warsaw, meanwhile, Saturday’s meet was all about keeping things in perspective.
“I wanted to do a little better,” said Armey. “But, you know, it’s been a pretty good season.”
113th ANNUAL IHSAA BOYS STATE TRACK FINALS
TEAM SCORES (Top 20): Carmel 43, Michigan City 41, Ben Davis 41, Center Grove 33, West Lafayette 32, Lawrence North 29, Bluffton 28, Hamilton Southeastern 21, Whiteland 21, Indianapolis Pike 18, Portage 17, Hamilton Heights 16, Brownsburg 16, Avon 15 ¾, Westfield 15, Bloomington North 14, Homestead 13, Columbus East 13, Franklin Central 13, Merrillville 13 … Warsaw 4.
First-Place finishers and local results
4 x 800 relay: 1, West Lafayette (Mitchell Curl, Dylan Williams, Evan Johnson, Cooper Williams) 7:44.45.
110 high hurdles: 1, Makiyah Smallwood (Michigan City) 14.11 … 15, Alex Morales (Whitko) 15.00 (trials).
100: 1, D’Wayne Eskridge (Bluffton) 10.51.
1600: 1, Ben Veatch (Carmel) 4:08.38 … 6, Owen Glogovsky (Warsaw) 4:17.37.
4 x 100 relay: 1, Ben Davis (Josiah Edwards, Chris Evans, Julian Ladd, Christian Powell) 41.60 … Warsaw DQ (Exchange out of zone).
400: 1, Travis Sperry-Allison (Valparaiso) 47.87.
300 hurdles: 1, Dushawn Tunstall (Lawrence North) 37.59 … 12, Ross Armey (Warsaw) 39.48.
800: 1, Cooper Williams (West Lafayette) 1:54.03.
200: 1, D’Wayne Eskridge (Bluffton) 21.54.
3200: 1, Ben Veatch (Carmel) 8:58.18.
4 x 400 relay: 1, Center Grove (Logan Bontrager, Tyler Boyer, Zak Smith, Jackson Hohlt) 3:18.66.
High jump: 1, Daniel Armstrong (Michigan City) 7-0.
Long jump: 1, Christian Powell (Ben Davis) 24-2 ¼. … 25, Thomas Hickerson (Warsaw) 19-8 ½.
Shot put: 1, Ryder Emberton (Whiteland) 62-0 ½ … 19, Walker Hobbs (Whitko) 49-2 ½.
Discus: 1, Cameron Todd (Center Grove) 181-11.
Pole vault: 1, Ryan Lipe (Carmel) 17-0.
MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD: Cooper Williams (West Lafayette).