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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Northrop's Dylan Kirkwood has broken 15 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and is a contender at the girls state track meet today in Bloomington. She was regional champ in the 300-meter hurdles.

Friday, June 01, 2018 1:00 am

Throwers, hurdler lead Bruins

Contenders for state titles push each other on track, in training

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

State finals

When: 3 p.m. today

Where: Indiana University, Bloomington

Area athletes 

100: Makayla Clampitt, Warsaw; Aniya Harvin, Northrop; Tonyia Fitts, Wayne; Tamara Wade, Snider

200: Lexie Moriarity, East Noble; Anah Chapman, Wayne; Payton Gorman, Snider; Abbigail Curtis, Warsaw

400: Haley Swing, Homestead

800: Julia Dvorak, Homestead; Kallee Patch, South Adams; Abbey Brennan, Concordia

1,600: Emma Bohnenkamper, Warsaw; Mia Beckham, Warsaw; Sydney Lambert, Norwell; Sarah Mahnensmith, Norwell

3,200: Meagan Hathaway, Carroll; Abby Green, Carroll; Tyler Schwartz, DeKalb; Erin Strzelecki, Bishop Dwenger; Beckham, Warsaw

100 hurdles: Addie Wanner, South Adams; Dylan Kirkwood, Northrop; Alarra Vanlandingham, New Haven

300 hurdles: Kirkwood, Northrop; Karmen Koch, Huntington North; Kayla Kunkel, Central Noble

400 relay: Northrop, Snider, Bishop Dwenger

1,600 relay: Homestead, Warsaw, Concordia, Bishop Dwenger

3,200 relay: Norwell, Carroll, Bishop Dwenger, Columbia City, Warsaw

Long jump: Alexis Grider, South Side; Wanner, South Adams; Moriarity, East Noble; Kara Gealy, Homestead

High jump: Wanner, South Adams; Meleah Leatherman, Central Noble; Jaeleen Wright, Homestead; Erica Xayarath, Wayne

Pole vault: Ali Cranston, Angola; Josephine Gery, Homestead; Maggie Burita, Churubusco

Shot put: Alicia Tiney-Williams, Northrop; Markalan Barnes, Northrop; Grace Bradtmueller, Norwell

Discus: Barnes, Northrop; Katelyn Ayres, Central Noble; Brittnee James, Homestead

Northrop senior Alicia Tiney-Williams has shot put herself in the best position possible.

She broke her own sectional record at North Side on May 15 with a throw of 46 feet, 31/2 inches. At regionals the following week, she improved on her personal best and took the 6-year-old regional record, throwing 47-1/2.

“Every time I go to a meet, I'm always trying to see the meet record and always try to break it,” she said after the sectional. “What's the worst you can do? Throw the best you can, if you don't break the record and you still win it, you're still happy. I just always try and look and see what I can do.”

Before heading off to Purdue, Tiney-Williams has one more thing to check off her list: win a state title. 

Tiney-Williams' regional performances place her atop the season performance list compiled by

“I'm in an amazing position to win state this year,” she said after the regional. “And I'm only three feet away from beating the state record, so (I'm feeling) very good.”

Tiney-Williams has been a huge asset to teammate Markalah Barnes, who was regional champion in discus and finished second in shot put.

“Last year, when I went to state, that made me go stronger to get here and get to state and do better,” Barnes said after throwing 126-4 in discus and 42-21/4 in shot put. That's what made me improve.

“(Tiney-Williams) helped me a lot especially in the weight room; we battle with each other lifting weights. We're like sisters. It's a love-hate relationship sometimes.”

Last season, Northrop hurdler Dylan Kirkwood took a huge leap forward when she qualified for state in the 300 hurdles and finished eighth at the state finals. She finished one place behind teammate Kyara Muhammad, now at Purdue. Muhammad and Breanna Phillips, now at Pittsburgh, were huge in Kirkwood's development.

“Definitely (Phillips) because we did all the same events and I was able to watch her,” Kirkwood said. “And competing alongside her really helped because I learned how to push myself and strive for that level.

“It helps me explain to other people that, 'Guys, you might not be where you want to be but just keep working and keep pushing yourself and you'll get there.'”

Phillips sat out the hurdles events last year due to an injury, so Kirkwood raced alongside Muhammad for much of the season.

“(At regionals) not having (Phillips) with me, not having her to pace myself with it was different to go out there and run,” Kirkwood said after winning regionals in the 300 hurdles in 45.6 seconds. “So I just went up there and the whole thing was just so smooth.

“My mindset was a little different coming into it too, just knowing where I was standing with my times on paper. Someone could come out and surprise but having that confidence from my coaches and my mom and everyone (makes me feel good).”

Kirkwood has proved this year that she belongs in the top group at state and that her success isn't a fluke.

She also qualified in the 100 hurdles with a personal best 14.9.

“Dylan, she just improves every week, she just steps up to the challenge,” coach Terry Milton said. “It's really something to be said for experience and just staying the course, doing everything she's supposed to do the past couple years. It's really starting to come to fruition.

“That hard work, dedication and patience has really paid off. It was really good to see her advance in the 100 hurdles. She was so close last year.”