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Corydon boys just miss sending someone to state

Corydon Central just missed sending an athlete to the state track meet after last week’s regional meet.
‘Since ’92 we’ve always got somebody there,’ said Corydon coach Kerry Zimmerman, who had two runners miss by the narrowist of margins. ‘We missed one year with a guy. With both guys and girls we’ve kind of kept our string. Two years ago we didn’t get anybody. This is twice in the last fifteen years where we haven’t go anybody out.’
The field events were tough on the Corydon team. Chad Conrad failed to clear the opening height of 5-10 and teammate Chad Backherms had to settle for 10th with just the opening height.
Matt Karnes scored in the pole vault but didn’t get the kind of performance clearing 12 feet, 6 inches for eighth.
In the long jump it was a battle royal for the third state slot. Corydon’s Kyle White was in fourth just a quarter-inch back when the finals began but the Corydon senior could not better his earlier leap of 20-8.25. Corydon’s Sean Ettinger finished fifth just three-quarters of an inch behind White.
‘There’s nothing you can do about it,’ said White, who took the defeat in stride. ‘I went out and tried hard but didn’t get the job done.’
‘The kids performed hard,’ Zimmerman said. ‘It was close in the long jump. It was just a quarter of an inch for two guys. Both of them, we were both there by just a quarter inch. That’s just the way it goes.’
The 110 meter high hurdles proved to be a high for the Highlanders and a low for the Corydon Panthers. Floyd’s Daniel Hoskins and Corydon’s Matt Karnes found themselves battling each other for that coveted third spot. At the finish it was Hoskins edging out Karnes by just .16 of a second for third.
Zimmerman said both Karnes and White have done well in their high school careers.
‘He’s had an excellent career,’ Zimmerman said of Karnes. ‘Kyle White had an excellent career. Those guys don’t have anything to be ashamed of. They ran well and scored a lot of points for Corydon. They’ve got some good memories so they shouldn’t be ashamed.’
Corydon’s Casey Priddy scored in the 400 meter dash with an eighth place finish. Teammate Lucas Taylor, however, had to settle for 15th in the 800 meters. Corydon was 13th in the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 3:44.62. North Harrison’s Alan Austin scored for the Cougars in the discus with a distance of 154 feet, 1 1/2 inches for sixth place.
North Harrison’s Tyler Byrne saw the best competition of his early high school career in the 3200 meters.
Byrne found himself fifth in a torrid first mile pace then with three laps to go began to struggle in some obvious pain.
‘My first mile was pretty quick but I’m sure it was because of the competition,’ he said. ‘I was trying to keep up with them. The second mile was pretty rough. It was a lot faster. I knew it was going to be fast but I didn’t think it would be that fast.’
Byrne had been enjoying a 40-meter advantage over Silver Creek’s Alex Jones but with three laps to go Jones cut the distance to just five meters behind Byrne.
‘My coach told me he was behind me,’ said the North Harrison freshman. ‘I was trying to outlast him because I was hurting pretty good. I think it was all just adrenaline because I knew he was close to me.’
Byrne finally found an extra gear in the final two hundred meters, going on to finish fifth, just under five seconds ahead of Jones. Byrnes time was a fast nine minutes, 57.30 seconds.