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Area track competitors head to State Meet

Ten LaGrange County track athletes will be vying for medals at the IHSAA girls and boys state finals set for this weekend in Bloomington.

Freshmen Kloee Fitch of Lakeland and Taryn Pruitt of Westview will carry the local banner into Friday’s girls state meet. Fitch is seeded sixth (140-8) in the discus event. The Lady Laker rookie has won sectional and regional championships in the discus the past two weeks.

Pruitt is ranked 25th (15.68) in the 100-meter hurdles.

Lakeland will have six entrants in the boys track show on Saturday. Leading the Laker contingent will be senior Evan Garretson, who goes into the meet seeded seventh (55-10) in the shot put and 14th (155-5) in the discus.

The senior foursome of Mishael Theis, Nick Byler, Joseph Trost and Eric Herber are seeded 20th (8:01.82) in the 3200-meter relay. Byler is also entered in the 400-meter dash in which he is seeded 23rd (50.22).

Senior Tanner Raatz rounds out the Lakeland state finals roster. Raatz is ranked 21st (39.97) in the 300-meter hurdles.

Two county standouts qualified for the boys state pole vault competition. Senior Zach Shepard of Prairie Heights is seeded fifth (14-6) in the event, while Westview upperclassman Trey Kennedy is ranked 19th (13-6).

Several other NECC tracksters qualified for the state meet and are seeded near the top of their events. Angola’s Kennedy Trine is the top seed in the girls pole vault (12-6), Katie Monk of Churubusco is rated third (151-2) in the discus and ninth (41-2.25) in the shot put, while Lady Eagle teammate Danielle Pippenger is seeded fifth (17-11) in the long jump. Fremont’s Abigail Hostetler is ranked 11th (5:05.25) in the 1600 meters and 13th (2:17.75) in the 800 meters.

On the boys side, Fairfield’s Cameron Kitson is seeded ninth (14.72) in the 110-meter hurdles and Brandon Arnold of West Noble is rated 11th (4:20.28) in the 1600 meters.