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Hipple, Kitterman advance to state track final

Hipple, Kitterman advance to state track final Hipple, Kitterman advance to state track final

The Corydon girls track team will send two runners to the state finals in Indianapolis as Hyla Kitterman and Sunny Hipple advanced in the 100-meter dash and 800 run respectively.
Kitterman had also hoped to advance in the long jump but found problems there as the field events began. The Corydon senior scratched twice then had a short jump of just over 13 feet. Kitterman said she could see her season quickly coming to an end but regrouped herself for the 100.
“I’ve kept scratching the last couple of meets and every time I would do it again,” said Kitterman. “I’d move back two or three feet. It was even worse.”
“I wasn’t really upset about that because I know my potential. But it kind of makes me sad because it’s over. I’m done with that. And then I wondered, this could be the last time I ever run this (the hundred). That means no more track practices, no more with the track team. It was like a loss.”
Kitterman had some tough competition in the 100 with eight finalists separated by just over a half-second at the finish line. The first three places were decided by just .17 of a second and Kitterman leaned to grab third, just .04 ahead of the fourth spot. The difference for the Corydon senior might have been a restart when the electronic timer failed on the first start.
“When the timing system didn’t start and they had to restart the race that was kind of a blessing because she got a horrible start the first time,” said Corydon coach Mike Uhl. “She got a better start and was coming on hard at the end, too. I thought she was going to win that race.”
The stunner of the meet came in the high jump came as Floyd Central’s Rachel Kohler missed three times at 5 feet, 4 inches. Kohler had been the heavy favorite with a two and three-quarter inch difference between her and Jean Schaffer of Bloomington South.
After her final miss Kohler fell on a pile of blankets, sobbing. Meanwhile, Schaffer and Providence’s Diana Zipp saw the open door and battled to get through for the win. Both easily cleared 5-6 then flew over 5-7. Schaffer then flew over the bar at 5-8 and Zipp missed.
Kohler’s jump of 5-7 in the Corydon sectional, and her tie for third place in the regional meet still earned her a spot at this week’s state meet, however.
Corydon’s Sunny Hipple has been running 2:23’s most of the season in the 800. The school record of 2:21 was a goal as well as bettering her personal best of 2:22. This night, however, all of those bests would turn into atoms as Hipple ran the race of her life.
Hipple got off to a quick start leading at the 200-meter mark. Madison runner Brooke Carr then came up to take the lead, and top seeded Ginny Curtis of Bloomington North pushed Hipple back to third.
With 300 meters to go, however, Hipple pushed back up to second and moved up on Carr. The pair broke slightly away from Curtis and began a sprint for the finish. Hipple gained slightly on Carr in the last 75 meters but the Madison runner held her spot. At the finish the pair had the second and third fastest times in the state, Carr winning in 2:16.39, and Hipple with a record-shattering time of 2:16.96.
“I’ve just been wanting to get a 2:20,” said Hipple. “I was basically wanting to get out fast and if somebody passed me I was going to try and go with them, stay right behind them. I pretty much told myself, ‘You’re going to have to go, because if you don’t you’re going to keep on falling back.’ I was going about as fast as I could go. She was right there but I don’t think I’d have been able to get her. I used all the energy I had.”
“We thought down the stretch she (Sunny) was going to win,” said Uhl. “She kept running 2:23 and 2:23 all year and tonight she dropped at least six seconds. The Madison girl was third in the state last year. They weren’t floating down the stretch. They were getting on it. That was a super race. I wish I had it on film so I could watch it again.”
The time will put Hipple in good position for the fast heat in Indianapolis.
“That would be something different this year,” said Hipple. “It depends on the day and how I feel. I’m going to try to do my best like I do every meet. Whatever happens happens and tonight it was just an awesome race. I didn’t run the 4×800 or anything so I started warming up around the time the finals started to get warmed up and loose. I think that helped a lot.”
Uhl said Kitterman and Hipple’s experience at the state meet should help ease the pressure found at that level and hopes the pair can score for a medal.
“This is Hyla’s third time to the state and Sunny’s third time also,” Uhl said. “It’s just a good reward and would be nice to see one of them score. It’s been a while since we’ve had a girl score. Those medals look so nice. It would be nice for one or both of them to pick up one of those medals.”