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  • Northrop senior Alicia Tiney-Williams won the shot put Friday with a throw of 45 feet, one-half inch at the girls state track and field finals in Bloomington. Tiney-Williams is the first thrower from Northrop to win a state title. (Photos by Doug McSchooler | Special to The Journal Gazette)

  • South Adams senior Addie Wanner finished second in the long jump, one of three events she competed in.

  • Northrop junior Markalah Barnes competes in the shot put competition during the 45th Annual IHSAA Girls' Track & Field State Finals at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, Indiana University, Bloomington on Friday.

  • South Adams senior Addie Wanner is with her parents after being given the Mental Attitude Award during the 45th Annual IHSAA Girls' Track & Field State Finals at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Saturday, June 02, 2018 1:00 am

Girls track state finals

Bruin wins state shot put

South Adams athlete places in 3 events, wins mental attitude award

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON – Northrop shot putter Alicia Tiney-Williams didn't perform her best but had enough to be a state champion Friday.

The senior won the event with a throw of 45 feet, one-half-inch at the girls state track and field finals at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

“It feels amazing,” she said. “I've worked four years for this so I'm really excited. It hasn't hit me, yet, that I'm done.

“Today wasn't the best day, but I did what I had to do to get first place, so I'm ecstatic. I know this is a big accomplishment for my school; I'm the first thrower to ever win.”

Practice throws went well, but the same production didn't as easily during the competition. While in the past this would have caused frustration, but through experience Tiney-Williams was able to calm herself.

“I did what I do at every meet, I looked at the record (50-9),” she said. “In practice, I actually had one that looked like it would have broken the record, but I couldn't get it out when we actually threw. I started getting frustrated a bit, and I just started relaxing, 'You're still winning, you're still good. Calm down.'

“Since this is my third time here, being nervous doesn't help me throw better. Throwing relaxed helps me push through. After three times, you have to get it right some time.”

In the long jump, South Adams' Addie Wanner leaped 19-1/2 to finish second. East Noble's Lexie Moriarity was third at 18-93/4.

Wanner also finished third in high jump at 5-9. Wayne's Erica Xayarath was fifth at 5-6 and Central Noble's Meleah Leatherman was eighth at 5-6.

In the high jump, Wanner was facing tough competition in Noblesville's Shelby Tyler, who won the state title, and Zionsville's Katee Isenbarger, who finished runner-up.

“I knew what I was up against,” Wanner said. “I had a great attempt at 5-8, and I knew that I had (5-9) in me. So I was like, 'I'm just going to do that again' and it worked.”

Wanner finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.60 seconds), and Northrop's Dylan Kirkwood was seventh (14.64).

“My big goal was to get top-five in all three (events), but I'm really happy with how tonight turned out,” Wanner said. “I got two big PRs, so I can't complain.

“I had more adrenaline, and I do better when I'm not thinking. I didn't have time to think about what I was doing, so I just went out, did what I knew how to do and it just worked.”

Wanner was also selected as the winner of the mental attitude award.

“It's really honoring,” she said. “I know all my hard work has gone back to school, in a way, and this money (to the school in her honor) will be used in a good way. 

“I always expect to win everything, so I'm constantly disappointed but this time I wasn't.”

Kirkwood also landed on the podium with a ninth-place finish in the 300 hurdles in 45.09.

Homestead's Julia Dvorak finished fourth in the 800 (2:13.69). Carroll's Meagan Hathaway (second, 10:39.24), DeKalb's Tyler Schwartz (third, 10:41.06) and Carroll's Abigail Green (fourth, 10:43.51) were able to work together to finish high on the podium in the 3,200.

“I think it was teamwork that allowed us to hit the splits that we wanted to,” Hathaway said. “When Abby was boxed in, I could move in and, especially, vice-versa in the middle when Abby was able to get around and pull ahead. It was, 'Follow the blue,' and that really helped our mindset during the race to not give up since we're teammates.”

Hamilton Southeastern won the team title with 62 points to runner-up Indianapolis Brebeuf's 44.

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