NH’s Bosler gets educated at state
North Harrison’s Ashton Bosler and Floyd Central’s Leah Wolfe found out the hard way just how tough the competition at the state level can be during their first trip to the Indiana state track finals Friday on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. Meanwhile, Mitchell high jumper Allison Trevithick, who had already been to a state meet, used her experience there to secure a second-place finish in her event.
Bosler had never been to the state finals before her first trip to compete, not even as a spectator. In her first race in the 1,600-meter, the Lady Cats freshman got a baptism by fire of just how tough the state level can be. Bosler fell back from the start as the lead runners went off at a blistering pace. The Lady Cats runner finished well back in the field at 22nd in a disappointing time of 5:24.25.
‘I’ve never been up here to watch,’ Bosler said. ‘I knew it was going to be fast, but I didn’t know how fast. Maybe it was a little bit faster.’
Bosler said she had been running in 90-degree weather to get ready for the meet but the conditions changed greatly with the 60-degree temps. However, Bosler said that should not have made a difference.
‘It wasn’t quite what I was looking for,’ Bosler said. ‘I don’t know what went wrong on that one. A lot of people think being cooler in long distance is better, but I kind of run better and attack it more when it’s warmer. The conditions should not have affected me this way as much as it’s changed.’
In the 3,200-meter run later in the day, Bosler finished farther back in the order, in 27th place, but crossed the line in a time of 11:27.64, something she felt good about.
‘It was a little bit better,’ she said. ‘I PRed. I was just trying to hold on there. I decided to give it whatever I had left. I think the difference between the mile and the two mile, in the two mile I knew I had to stay with the pack closer than in the mile. I was never in it in the mile.’
Bosler said she will take what she learned from her first state meet to get ready for next year.
‘I know I need to practice getting out faster and maintaining it,’ she said. ‘It should help me for next year. At first, at the beginning of the season, I was focusing on the mile and then giving whatever I’ve got left in the two-mile. I might switch that around or change my events a little bit for next year.’
Wolfe’s first experience at the state meet was the kind nobody wants. The Floyd Central junior went to the IU track early in the day to get a feel for the area and felt comfortable.
‘She was warming up before they got to the flights and she was doing a real nice job,’ said Floyd Central throwing coach Kirk Hamsley. ‘I think she put a lot of pressure on herself. She hadn’t been in this situation before.’
Just before the competition began, however, Wolfe’s last two practice throws wobbled and flew short. It was quickly apparent the nerves were crashing in on the junior.
‘Once you get here, you have to have mental toughness and be really detailed about what you want to do in your technique to compete at this level,’ Hamsley said.
Wolfe’s first competition throw flew to more than 120 feet. A red flag, however, flew up indicating a foul throw, Wolfe’s foot being called outside the ring by just a few inches.
‘Maybe about (three inches),’ Wolfe said. ‘It wasn’t much.’
A scratch was called on Wolfe’s second throw. The junior’s third throw found netting, ending Wolfe’s day.
‘I’m just trying to block it from my memory now,’ said Wolfe, who was in tears.
‘She’s got another year and, in our area, she’ll do real well,’ Hamsley said. ‘Next year, she’ll be one of the better throwers. She’ll have somebody shooting for her, and she’ll have a target on her back. She didn’t have that this year.’
‘I can come back and actually do well,’ Wolfe said. ‘I’m going to work a lot harder next year.’
At the other end of the spectrum, Mitchell high jumper Allison Trevithick was having the best day of her high school career. Trevithick easily cleared the early heights then flew over 5-5 and 5-6 on her first attempts equaling her Patoka Lake Athletic Conference winning height.
‘I compete better in cold weather,’ said Trevithick, who was jumping with temperatures in the 60s. ‘I’m not a hot weather person.’
Trevithick missed on her first attempt at 5-7. On her next try, however, the senior made it look easy, the bar not moving as she cleared the height for a new personal best and school record. At that point, however, Trevithick had to wait as Morayo Akande, who had also cleared 5-6, had to go to another event, the 100-meter hurdles. When she returned, Akande had different news saying she didn’t run.
Akande cleared the 5-7 height on her first attempt, putting pressure on Trevithick. All three attempts by the Mitchell senior failed at 5-8, while Akande cleared the height on her second try to get the win.
‘I couldn’t have asked for a better night,’ Trevithick said.