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Carpenter Sweeps at State Track Meet

 

How do you cap off one of the greatest track careers in Indiana high school history?

By going out and winning three state championships on the same night. Again.

That’s exactly what Skyler Carpenter did last Friday night at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The Lady Warrior senior captured firsts in the long jump, the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles at the IHSAA state finals meet.

It is the same feat Carpenter accomplished a year ago as a junior.

“I’m just glad it’s over and that I was able to win all three again,” said Carpenter after her win in the 300 hurdles. “I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I could.”

The three gold medals she earned Friday night gave Carpenter seven for her career. In four trips to the state finals, Carpenter brought home a total of 10 medals, second only to Maciel Malone of Indianapolis North Central, who won 12 medals, including 10 first-place honors, from 1984-87. Malone, who still holds state meet records in the 100-meter (11.52), 200-meter (23.12) and 400-meter (52.4) dashes, went on to win an Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta games as a member of the USA’s 400-meter relay team.

“Skyler knew all of the expectations on her this year and she handled the pressure very well,” said Westview coach Jon Cook.

Carpenter began her last state finals meet with a bang, as she soared 18-10.5 feet on her first attempt in the long jump. The mark was an outdoor personal best for Carpenter and proved to be enough to edge out Homestead’s Ariane Nelson by an inch-and-a-half.

“She (Nelson) had beaten me in the regional last week and I knew she would be tough down here,” stated Carpenter. “I usually get my best jump on the first try. It’s just the kind of jumper I am, I guess.”

Next up for the Lady Warrior ace was the 100-meter hurdles and another battle with Fort Wayne Northrop rival Demetra Taylor. But as she had done in the regional 10 days earlier, Carpenter was able to hold off the Lady Bruin in the final meters, capturing first place with a time of 14.13 seconds, establishing a personal best in that event, too.

I got a great start in the 100 (hurdles),” Carpenter recalled. “It put me out front and relaxed me a little.”

Carpenter entered the 300-meter hurdles as a two-time defending state champ and a heavy favorite based on the times coming into the meet. But Fort Wayne Concordia’s Symone Black, who Carpenter beat by two seconds in the regional, was determined to give the Lady Warrior all she wanted.

“I took a peek over my shoulder in the middle of the race and saw her right there,” said Carpenter. “I knew going in what she (Black) was capable of and she pushed me.”

The two rivals were stride for stride until the final 10 meters. That’s when Carpenter found a final burst and beat the Lady Cadet to the finish line, stopping the clock at 42.20 seconds, just .17 of a tick slower than her state record clocking of 42.03.

“To win all three events again is just as sweet as last year,” said Carpenter. “But life would have gone on if I hadn’t won all three, just as it will now that I have.”

Westview teammate Jeslyn Zimmerly nearly made it four gold medals for the small LaGrange County school. Battling through cool and breezy conditions, Zimmerly and Hannah Acton of Bloomington South were the only two pole vault competitors to clear the bar at 12-0 feet, setting up a showdown for first place.

Acton was successful on her first attempt at 12-3, placing the pressure all on Zimmerly. Though she nearly cleared the height on her second try, the Lady Warrior missed on all three attempts, handing the title to Acton.

“She deserved to win,” said Zimmerly of Acton. “The conditions weren’t ideal, but you just have to push through that.

“Second place (in the state) isn’t bad and I was happy to get over 12-0 feet,” Zimmerly added.

“I was so happy to see Jeslyn vault as well as she did under the conditions,” said Cook. “She was not at 100 percent last year and didn’t finish like she wanted to. This year she was healthy and performed to her ability.”

Zimmerly plans to vault in several meets this summer, including the Midwest Meet of Champions in Fort Wayne this Saturday. She will then start her collegiate career this fall at Indiana Tech.

The three firsts by Carpenter and the runner-up effort by Zimmerly gave Westview a total of 38 points, placing them fourth in the final team standings. Pike won the team championship with 55 points. Fort Wayne Northrop was second with 49.

To top off the evening, Carpenter was named the winner of the IHSAA Mental Attitude award. Carpenter, who will attend Vanderbilt University on a track scholarship, was the 2012 salutatorian at Westview and carries a 4.05 GPA.

“This is such a great honor,” stated Skyler, the daughter of Jeff and Brenda Carpenter, Shipshewana. “I feel very blessed to receive this award.”

Carpenter will study biology as an undergrad at Vanderbilt and plans to become a doctor specializing in neonatology. She and her two brothers were born prematurely.

 

STATE FINALS SUMMARY

Top 10 Team Scoring

Pike 55; FW Northrop49; Lawrence Central 45.5; Westview 38; Indpls. Chatard 31; FW Wayne 27; Carmel 26; Indpls. North Central 26; Center Grove 20.5; DeKalb 17; Eastern (Greentown) 17

Event Finals

3200 Meter Relay–1. Carmel (Sarah Bennett, Taylor Cotherman, Ariel Hune, Lauren Kahre) 9:14.39; 2. Indpls. Chatard 9:18.72; 3. Noblesville 9:19.90; 4. Carroll (Allen) 9:20.64; 5. Franklin Central 9:21.80; 6. Chesterton 9:25.24; 7. Hamilton Southeastern 9:28.43; 8. West Lafayette 9:29.96; 9. Terre Haute North 9:30.26

100 Meter Hurdles–1. Skyler Carpenter (Westview) 14.13; 2. Demetra Taylor (Northrop) 14.26; 3. Montayla Holder (Lawrence C.) 14.39; 4. Olivia Ashba (Edgewood) 14.55; 5. Symone Black (Concordia) 14.56; 6. Holly Hankenson (Bellmont) 14.67; 7. Sierra Brown (Hamilton Hts.) 14.79; 8. Jaleesa Holmes (Merrillville) 14.84; 9. Jalencia Lemons (Richmond) 14.99

100 Meters–1. Brionna Thomas (Wayne) 11.91; 2. Morgan Yeadon (Pike) 12.08; 3. Chelsea Yeadon (Pike) 12.20; 4. Morgan Haney (Pike) 12.21; 5. Anietra Butler (Ben Davis) 12.24; 6. Ariane Nelson (Homestead) 12.28; 7. Peyton Stewart (Lawrence N.) 12.40; 8. Aaliyah McKinney (SB Adams) 12.41; 9. Rashawnda Shamell (Evans. North) 12.69

1600 Meters–1. Bethany Neeley (Eastern-Greentown) 4:53.95; 2. Abigail Hostetler (Fremont) 4:57.59; 3. Corinne Cominator (Northridge) 4:57.62; 4. Colleen Weatherford (Greencastle) 4:57.74; 5. Victoria Schoettmer (Center Grove) 5:00.33; 6. Helen Willman (Noblesville) 5:01.17; 7. Kieran Casey (Perry Meridian) 5:01.62; 8. Rachel Nichwitz (Hamilton SE) 5:02.73; 9. Laura Bess (Brownsburg) 5:02.78

400 Meter Relay–1. Pike (Morgan Haney, Jasmine McFadden, Chelsea Yeadon, Morgan Yeadon) 46.75; 2. FW Northrop 47.47; 3. Ben Davis 47.89; 4. Merrillville 48.54; 5. Lawrence North 48.58; 6. Hamilton SE 48.74; 7. Lake Central 48.87; 8. Warren Central 48.93; 9. FW Wayne 48.99

400 Meters–1. Montayla Holder (Lawrence C.) 56.26; 2. Maggie Bell (Indpls. Chatard) 56.92; 3. Gabby Sims (Columbus N.) 57.19; 4. Olivia Coleman (Mt. Vernon) 58.00; 5. Ariel Hune (Carmel) 58.18; 6. Jasmin McCray (Lawrence C.) 58.32; 7. Dejah Arnold (Northrop) 58.39; 8. Ayiana Gaines (SB Riley) 59.03; 9. Karrina Smith (Snider) 59.09

300 Meter Hurdles–1. Skyler Carpenter (Westview) 42.20; 2. Symone Black (Concordia) 42.63; 3. Makelle Skelton (Northrop) 44.18; 4. Becca Kropf (Fairfield) 44.44; 5. Abby Springer (Southport) 44.61; 6. Holly Hankenson (Bellmont) 44.70; 7. Liana Yoder (Goshen) 44.79; 8. Emily Bantz (Union Co.) 45.13; 9. Alex Meier (Munster) 45.22

800 Meters–1. Taylor Wiley (Evans. Central) 2:11.85; 2. Emma Mirwaldt (Northrop) 2:13.41; 3. Brittany Neeley (Eastern-Greentown) 2:14.26; 4. Colleen Weatherford (Greencastle) 2:15.36; 5. Sierra Moore (Elk. Memorial) 2:15.98; 6. Mary Davis (Indpls. Chatard) 2:16.27; 7. Shannon Hendricks (Mish. Marian) 2:16.47; 8. Helen Willman (Noblesville) 2:16.52; 9. Olivia Hippensteel (Carroll-Allen) 2:17.25

200 Meters–1. Brionna Thomas (Wayne) 24.18; 2. Morgan Yeadon (Pike) 24.42; 3. Alexis Harvey (Bellmont) 24.80; 4. Chelsea Yeadon (Pike) 25.07; 5. Aaliyah McKinney (SB Adams) 25.12; 6. Morgan Haney (Pike) 25.16; 7. Naiomi Dulaney (Lawrence C.) 25.23; 8. Ariane Nelson (Homestead) 25.31; 9. Amber McGee (Northrop) DQ

3200 Meters–1. Ashley Erba (Warsaw) 10:24.94; 2. Brenna Poulsen (Indpls. N.C.) 10:37.63; 3. Heather O’Brien (Indpls. Chatard) 10:46.58; 4. Corinne Cominator (Northridge) 10:46.69; 5. Kelcy Welch (Carmel) 10:47.34; 6. Mackenzie Caldwell (Columbus N.) 10:47.71; 7. Bobbie Burgess (West Lafayette) 10:49.27; 8. Victoria Schoettmer (Center Grove) 10:50.18; 9. Renee Wellman (Carmel) 10:50.89

 

1600 Meter Relay–1. FW Northrop (Alexis Scott, Makelle Skelton, Dejah Arnold, Demetra Taylor) 3:51.45; 2. Lawrence Central 3:51.88; 3. Fishers 3:54.86; 4. FW Wayne 3:56.88; 5. Carmel 3:57.52; 6. Indpls. Chatard 3:57.64; 7. New Palestine 3:57.64; 8. Warren Central 3:58.82; 9. Bellmont 3:59.53

High Jump–1. Morayo Akande (Indpls. N.C.) 5-8; 2. Allison Trevithick (Mitchell) 5-7; 3. Mackenzie Kitchell (Center Grove) 5-6; 4. Jordyn Knott (Garrett) 5-6; 5. Regan Lewis (Greenfield-Central) 5-5; 6. Marissa Hamilton (West Central) 5-5; T7. Janae Moffitt (Oak Hill) and Jenna Pfeiffer (Bremen) 5-4; 9. Allison Manchester (Lowell) 5-4

Pole Vault–1. Hannah Acton (Bloomington N.) 12-3; 2. Jeslyn Zimmerly (Westview) 12-0; T3. Sydney Clute (Center Grove) and Kimyanna Rudolph (Lawrence C.) 11-9; 5. Kendra Bosecker (South Knox) 11-9; 6. Sophie Brown (Fairfield) 11-9; 7. Whitney Grace (Penn) 11-6; T8. Kayla Carlisle (Evans. North) and Kennedy Trine (Angola) 11-3

Long Jump– 1. Skyler Carpenter (Westview) 18-10.5; 2. Ariane Nelson (Homestead) 18-9; 3. Kaitlyn Moricz (Lake Central) 18-3.25; 4. Chelsea Yeadon (Pike) 18-2.75; 5. Makelle Skelton (Northrop) 18-2.25; 6. Melissa DuBois (Concord) 17-11.5; 7. Karrina Smith (Snider) 17-8.25; 8. Lauren Stutzman (Goshen) 17-6.75; 9. Yamani Hunter (Evans. Bosse) 17-5.75

Shot Put–1. Cassie Wertman (Southridge) 50-1.25; 2. Nariah Taylor (Indpls. N.C.) 46-1; 3. Rachel Dincoff (DeKalb) 45-7.5; 4. Liz Iverson (Martinsville) 42-4.5; 5. Sonya Napariu (New Palestine) 42-0; 6. Taylor Potts (Fishers) 41-5.75; 7. Ariel Capps (Decatur C.) 41-2.75; 8. Makenzie Wheat (South Dearborn) 41-0.25; 9. Michaela Hull (Bloomington S.) 40-10

Discus–1. Rachel Dincoff (DeKalb) 143-7; 2. Chelsie Meeks (Rensselaer C.) 142-5; 3. Adriana Brown (Lawrence C.) 139-5; 4. Cassie Wertman (Southridge) 132-3; 5. Michaela Hull (Bloomington S.) 131-6; 6. Heather Monk (Churubusco) 129-5; 7. Micaela Hazlewood (Linton) 127-11; 8. Maria Murphy (Jay Co.) 126-0; 9. Sonya Napariu (New Palestine) 125-10