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Corydon duo makes return engagement for state finals

Corydon duo makes return engagement for state finals
Corydon duo makes return engagement for state finals
Sand explodes around Corydon's Quentin Combs who put himself in the state meet on his first attempt in the long jump with this leap of 21 feet, 8-3/4 inches. (Photo by Wade Bell)

Corydon Central junior Quentin Combs qualified for this week’s state finals track competition in two events, winning the long jump and finishing third in the 300-meter hurdles.
Combs wasn’t the favorite, coming into the long jump as the second seed behind Warren English-Malone, of New Albany. English-Malone, however, had unexpected surgery on Tuesday and was unable to attend the meet. That left the door open for Combs: he wasted no time putting a big number on the board with a first jump of 21 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Jake Standeford of Monrovia gave Combs a scare finishing second with a jump of 21-6 1/2.
“I warmed up more at the beginning,” said Combs. “I didn’t get the pop off the board later. Kerry said I had a good approach, but (on) my landing, I wasn’t holding up long enough. I didn’t have good form on my landing.”
Combs said he felt confident even if English-Malone had been at the meet.
“I felt I could have contended with him,” Combs said. “I felt good warming up.”
“Quentin had trouble in the long jump,” said Corydon coach Kerry Zimmerman. “With his injured arm he had problems losing eight to 10 inches in his jump. We thought he got a good start and we would get in the mid 22’s. At the state meet it will take the high 23’s to win up there.”
“I know there’s going to be guys jumping 23 feet (at state),” said Combs. “I’ll just be glad to go up there again.”
In other field events South Central’s Josh McRae was 10th with a jump of 19-9 1/2. Steven Walker of Corydon was 13th in the high jump at 5-10 while Jimmy Conrad scored fourth in the discus with a distance of 153-1. Aaron Dougherty was 10th in the discus at 139-4. Conrad was 12th in the shot put with a distance of 42-6 1/2. Corydon’s Brian Hoehn scored in the pole vault at a personal best height of 13-6, and Scott Rumple was ninth for the Panthers at 12-6.
The Cougars of North Harrison struggled through their events. Ryan Byrne fought through his 1600-meter run and finished 11th in 4:48.25. The Cougars were 13th in the 400 relay with a time of 47.39 seconds. Steve Throckmorton was not happy with his 300 low hurdle run of 42.12 seconds, which placed him ninth.
The Cougars were 16th in the 3200 relay. Andrew Wolseifer was 11th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:08.24, and North Harrison had unlucky number 13 in the 400 relay with a time of 47.39 seconds. Scott Robertson scored North Harrison’s lone point finishing eighth in the 3200 run with at time of 10 minutes, 7.44 seconds.
“Some of them were sick and I’m glad their season is over so we can get them healthy,” said North Harrison coach Danamark Streigel. “The 4×100 team had their best time of the year, and Steve had his best time. That’s what we’re here for.
“We’ll have Allen Hutson back. He was right with Steve when he broke his arm. He ran a 14.6 in the highs. We only have two seniors so we’ve got a couple of years to build. It’s good to see the Mid-Southern Conference represented and doing so well. It’s a pretty competitive year.”
In other events South Central finished 14th in the 3200 relay with a time of 9:02.26. Corydon’s Andrew Engleman ran a 12.2 in the 100 meters for 11th in the preliminaries and Jason Thomas was 15th in the prelims of the dash (24.57). The Panthers were 10th in the 400 relay in a time of 46.07 seconds.
Aaron Vaught scored for South Central finishing sixth in the 400m run with a time of 51.93 seconds. David Renwick gave Floyd Central a sixth-place finish in the 300 low hurdles (41.59). Daniel Newman, also of South Central, finished 13th in the low hurdles (42.51). Lanesville’s Brandon Zoll was ninth in the 3200 meters.
Combs also qualified for the state meet in the 300m hurdles. The junior covered the obstacled distance in a time of 40.61 seconds.
“In his low hurdle race he looked good for his run,” Zimmerman said. “He had some bad hurdles but had a good time considering.”
Crawford County’s Adam Conklin missed scoring in the 800m run by just under a second finishing the two laps in a time of 2:06.52. Four runners covered the 800 meters in less than two minutes.
“We hope Jimmy Conrad will make it in,” said Kerry Zimmerman explaining that sometimes the better throwers and jumpers will sometimes be included at the state meet. “It may be Jimmy may be one of those extra guys that get in.
“Brian Hoehn did an excellent job in the pole vault. He was a foot and a half above his personal best. That was huge. (Scott) Rumple tied his best in the vault at 12-6 and did a great job.
“We had a good meet overall,” Zimmerman said. Corydon finished 11th in scoring with 23 points. “We always try to be in the top 12 if we can. Eleventh was pretty good. We don’t have a team to score a lot of points.
“There’s no clock ticking down. For the seniors it’s over like that. A lot of sports you know when the end is coming. It’s hard to say goodbye to those kids. They’ve competed and held the program down.”
The state final begins at 3 p.m. (slow time) for the field events. Running trials begin at 4:15.