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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Northrop's Shaton Vaughn won the 300-meter hurdles state championship a year ago, to go with a runner-up finish in the 110 hurdles. He ran cross country in the fall.

  • File photo Northrop's Shaton Vaughn is the defending state champion in the 300-meter hurdles and was runner-up last year in the 110 hurdles.

  • File photo Carroll's Justin Becker, right, is the top seed in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200. 

Saturday, June 02, 2018 1:00 am

Training change benefits hurdler

Bruins' Vaughn ran cross country

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

State finals

When: 3 p.m. today

Where: Indiana University, Bloomington

Area athletes

100: Justin Becker, Carroll; Craig Young, Wayne; Chandler Roman, Homestead

200: Becker, Carroll; Michael Brewer, Snider; Michael Clack, North Side

400: Preshawn Boyd, South Side; Connor Garcia, Concordia

800: Jalen Royal, Northrop; Luke Griner, Wawasee; Jack Brokaw, Northrop; Weston Miser, Carroll

1,600: Jesse Hamlin, Snider; Connor Goetz, Carroll; Justin Fleming, Warsaw

3,200: Reece Gibson, Concordia; Ryan Ruppert, Homestead

110 hurdles: Shaton Vaughn, Northrop; Kairal Johnson, Homestead; Luigi Rivas, Concordia

300 hurdles: Vaughn, Northrop; Ben Marano, Carroll; Dylan Felger, Norwell

400 relay: Carroll, Snider, Woodlan

1,600 relay: Northrop, South Side, Homestead, Concordia

3,200 relay: Northrop, Leo, Huntington North, Warsaw

Long jump: Auntral Franklin, North Side; James Gardner, New Haven

High jump: Isaac Brown, DeKalb; Alex Scharpenberg, Columbia City; Alain Pfammater, East Noble; Gage Ernsberger, East Noble

Pole vault: Sam Wood, Churubusco; Joe Painter, East Noble; Hunter Metzger, Warsaw

Shot put: Garrett Horn, Churubusco; Lars In't Groen, South Adams; Brayden Simmons, Churubusco

Discus: Simmons, Churubusco; Aaron Niedzwiecki, Homestead; Gardner, New Haven; Liam Hesting, Columbia City

Northrop senior hurdler Shaton Vaughn has continued to progress over the past year since winning a state championship in the 300-meter hurdles and a runner-up finish in the 110 hurdles.

Vaughn's winning time of 37.45 seconds is tied for 14th all-time in the state, according to a list compiled by IndianaRunner. This year, he's the top seed in the 300 hurdles after a 37.74 at the regional and eighth in the 110 hurdles at 14.58.

An Indiana recruit, he made some changes to his training this year to benefit him in his longer races that have paid off. In the fall, Vaughn participated in cross country instead of football.

“Listening to college coaches' recommendations and knowing if I get hurt playing football, that would lower my chances of getting scholarships somewhere,” he said. “Last year, my best (1,600 relay) split was 48 and now it's 47, and I don't feel myself getting tired as fast like I did last year. It really helps at practice when we're running a lot.”

Vaughn's adjustment to the distance training has coincided with teammates Jalen Royal and Jack Brokaw making adjustments to their training, as well. Royal enters the state meet with the top regional time in the 800 at 1:54.27, and Brokaw finished second at the regional in 1:55.96 for the No. 11 seed.

Royal and Brokaw's training has been adjusted to better suit running the 400 and 800, as opposed to running the 800 and 1,600.

“We stopped training the 800 group with the distance kids this past year and have seen huge improvements in the 400/800 core,” Northrop distance coach Sam Bird said. “One of the best parts of this past year since I took over cross country and distance in track was the amount of communication between coaches. We sat down a few days after state last year and planned out Shaton and Jalen doing cross as well as Jack transitioning out of the 1600.

“Small adjustment equals big success is something we preach. Hopefully this weekend we can see just how much success.”

Also returning to Bloomington as defending state champions is the Carroll 400 relay team. 

Last year's team of Justin Becker, Cam Shank, Jordan Schmeling and Connor Tapp was the second-fastest team in state history in 41.06 behind Gary Roosevelt, which holds the state meet record of 41.02. Schmeling and Tapp have graduated, and this season has been spent trying to get the most out of the team and not focusing on last year.

The Chargers' 42.39 runner-up performance at the Marion Regional featured a messy hand-off but still a season best. Injuries will play a role on who will ultimately run in Bloomington as Chris Flick's spot will be replaced due to an injury suffered at the regional.

“You don't worry about last year,” Carroll coach David Brooks said. “Different team, different race. The injury bug has been difficult to deal with. The team we'll run next week will probably have run twice together. Last year was a special team, but last year was last year, but we're going to focus on what we can control.”

Becker, the anchor leg, is the top seed in the 100 after a 10.60-second personal best performance at the regional. He's also seeded second in the 200 with 21.83 behind Pike's Jahn Riley (21.75).

Also a top seed heading into the state finals is Snider's Jesse Hamlin, who ran a regional-record 4:12.13 in the 1,600, lowering his own school record.

Connor Goetz set the Carroll school record with 4:12.32 and is the No. 2 seed with Cathedral's Cole Hocker (4:12.93) and Evansville Reitz's Matthew Schadler (4:13.78) not far behind.

areichel@jg.net