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NH’s Bosler reaches track state final

NH’s Bosler reaches track state final
NH’s Bosler reaches track state final
Corydon CentralÂ’s Molly Pitts cleares the bar at 8 feet in the pole vault at the Bloomington North regional and went on to place seventh at 8 feet, 6 inches. Photo by Wade Bell (click for larger version)

North Harrison’s Ashton Bosler and Floyd Central’s Leah Wolfe broke their way into the girls’ state track finals last Tuesday at the girls’ regional meet at Bloomington North High School.
Bosler qualified in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, while Wolfe made the cut in the discus. The girls’ state finals will take place Friday at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University in Bloomington.
In the 1,600, Bosler broke out with the lead group then found herself in chase of Bloomington South sophomore Alex Warzyniak. Bosler paced a step behind Warzyniak for two laps until Warzyniak finally pulled away on the final lap to win by just more than eight seconds ahead of Bosler. Bosler finished in a time of 5 minutes, 19.20 seconds. South Central’s Rachel Pease was seventh in a time of 5:38.20
‘She’s a great runner, so I was just trying to hold on at that point,’ said Bosler, who was still well behind her goal of the 5:05 mark.
‘My time I wanted wasn’t necessarily based on what she had run,’ Bosler said. ‘I really want to get to that 5:05 mark, and I’m just not close yet … I get another shot at it. I’m not done yet.’
Later in the 3,200, Bosler had four runners in front of her for most of the race before finally breaking away to join front-runner Christian Sparks of Bloomington North.
‘I don’t know how much energy I saved but, during the race, I decided that was what I thought was going to do me the best,’ Bosler said. ‘I was just going to go for the sprint at the end on that race. It’s just how I was feeling.’
Bosler’s sprint wasn’t enough to get the win, but the North Harrison sophomore did hold on to the second spot in a time of 11:34.11, just under three seconds behind Sparks.
‘That was the most exciting one,’ Bosler said of the last lap. ‘I had to go. I didn’t want to be borderline between making it to state in the two-mile and not making it. Third was too close for comfort.’
‘I need to get looser before my race, I know that much,’ she said. ‘I’m just going to do what my coaches tell me, and I have lots of teammates that are encouraging me on even if they aren’t going.’
Pease, a senior, placed 13th in the two mile with a time of 12:35.57.
Wolfe, a junior, has steadily improved her discus performances since throwing 98 feet as a sophomore. The Floyd Central thrower launched a personal best of 128 feet, 6 inches in this year’s regional to finish third in the event. Wolfe’s throw also met the state standard, which would have put her in the state meet even if she had placed lower in the standings.
Wolfe said she didn’t have one clear-cut answer for the improvements she’s made but said more of a variety of things.
‘I can’t really say exactly,’ Wolfe said. ‘I know we’ve worked a lot on my spin and my timing. I would say it’s probably all of it.’
In other events, Floyd Central finished fifth (10:09.24) in the 3,200-meter relay and North Harrison’s Emily Giles was eighth (13.23) in the 100-meter dash. Floyd Central freshman Madison Kaiser scored in the 100-meter hurdles with an eighth-place finish (17.49). Corydon Central’s Olivia Lawson fell in her trial heat of the hurdles event but sparked her team to a ninth-place finish (4:26.86) in the 1,600-meter relay. The Lady Highlanders just missed a state spot in that event, finishing fourth (4:13.24).
In the 400-meter relay, Floyd Central was 10th (52.57) and North Harrison finished 12th (53.91). Lanesville’s Caryn Eisert finished 10th (1:03.93) in the 400 meters, with Corydon Central’s Danielle Uesseler just behind in 11th (1:04.32). Floyd Central’s Leah Ellis scored in the 300-meter hurdles with a seventh-place finish (50.15).
Silver Creek’s Margaret Shields grabbed a spot at state, finishing third (2:19.16) in the 800-meter run with Floyd Central’s Jamie Wallace and Jamie Bierman finishing eighth (2:27.94) and 12th (2:32.86), respectively. Mitchell’s Allison Trevithick finished second in the high jump at 5-4-1/2 to make state, while Floyd Central’s Schyler Cerqueira finished 10th. New Albany’s Phoebe Bauer was fourth (11:44.55) in the 3,200 meters, and Floyd Central’s Alyssa Moore was 11th (12:17.38).
In the long jump, Corydon Central’s Kaitlin Salomon finished sixth with a leap of 16-1-1/4 and Giles was 12th (14-11-1/2). In the shot put, Silver Creek’s Emily Christman was third for a state spot at 38-5-1/2. Floyd Central’s Madison Kaiser was ninth (34-1-1/4), and Crawford County’s Michelle Smith finished 12th (33-2-1/4).
In the pole vault, Corydon Central’s Molly Pitts finished in a tie for seventh at 8-6, while Corydon Central’s Sierra Wright and Floyd Central’s Abby Marguet finished in a five-way tie for 10th at 8-0.