La Porte, City athletes heading to state meet
VALPARAISO – Michigan City senior Jacob Adams had an impressive showing in his quest to make the trip to the state finals next weekend at Indiana University.
During Thursday’s regional at Valparaiso, Adams blew the field away in the 800-meter run, with a time of one minute, 54.60 seconds, beating the second-place runner by nearly two seconds.
“It feels pretty good (going to state),” Adams said. “When I race I don’t really think about a lot, I just try to run my race. I hope I get paired up in a fast heat next week to motivate me.”
City junior Keyshawn McGill will be joining Adams next weekend with a second place finish in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 4 inches.
La Porte’s 1600 relay team faced adversity when one of their runners went down, but that didn’t deter Adam Gasaway, their anchor. They didn’t qualify for state by finishing seventh but that certainly didn’t dampen Gasaway’s spirit.
“I didn’t know going into the final leg that the guy I was running against had a :49 split," Gasaway said. “I just tried to stay with him and next thing you know he stepped on my shoe, that gave me a little extra incentive. We had a major blow to our team when John Paul (Ferrell) went down but Josh Bohling ran a great third leg and Ryan Steder came in and helped out after running the 300 hurdles earlier and Trevor Perry, this is his first year out for track, he’s a basketball player that we knew was really fast. This was just a total team effort.”
Steder placed second earlier in the evening with a time of 40.24 and will advance to state.
Slicers senior Dakota Merkel will also advance, taking third place in the 1600 with a time of 4:25.30.
For Chesterton, taking top honors and advancing to next weekends’ state final in the 100 and 200 was Braden Corzan with winning times of 10.99 and 21.92, respectively. Trojans senior Ejiroghene Biokoro finished second in the 200 with a time of 22.32. Louie Razo took home a regional championship with a winning long jump of 22-7.75.
The Trojans 400 relay of Biokoro, Braden, Darren Corzen and Razo finished first with a time of 42.10.
Senior James Van Drie finished third in the discus with a throw of 150-1. Ben Raffin took third place in the pole vault with a vault of 13-6 and Jake Kintzele took second place in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:16.86.
The Trojans also took home the team regional championship with 77.50 points. City finished 8th with 30 points and La Porte had 22.