KOKOMO GIRLS TRACK REGIONAL: THE TELEPHONES WERE BUSY
StaceyPageOnline / Sports on Thursday, May 17, 2018
KOKOMO – A second chance was given to a host of area athletes, as call-backs for the girls track regionals were made from around the state.
The top three individuals and relay teams from the 16 events competed in each sectional advance to state, but not all qualifiers will choose to continue on and scratch. The regionals also have several at-large spots to fill, which is where the call-backs largely come into play.
Warsaw Girls Track Sectional champion Warsaw had three individuals get a second chance to compete at the Kokomo Girls Track Regional, with Taylor Gunter in the 3,200-meter run, Morgan Bruner in high jump and Ellie Klotz in the 300-meter hurdles.
Wawasee had just 12 girls competing at the Warsaw sectional, but half of them will move on after Sara Pritchard was called back for both shot put and discus, both Kenzie Smith and Bailey Mayhew in the 800-meter run, and the 4×400 relay team all forge forward.
NorthWood also worked at Warsaw, and have Riley Hershberger in the 200-meter dash, Alea Minnich in the 400-meter dash and the 4×400 relay alive. It’s 4×800 relay, per coach Mark Mikel, is the first up if a team decides to scratch.
Tippecanoe Valley has two more girls heading to Kokomo after its output at the Rochester Girls Track Sectional, those being Alyssa Brito in the 200-meter dash and Caliegh Bryer in the 100-meter hurdles.
Triton had Abigail Powell take the extra ticket in the 300-meter hurdles, to which she also qualified from the sectional in the 100-meter hurdles.
The Kokomo regional will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, the top three in each event will automatically qualify for the IHSAA State Finals, and another round of call-backs will fill the state ledger following regional action around the state.