BLOOMINGTON — Westview High School senior Skyler Carpenter took her show on the road Friday night with the same results as she has been having around home for the last four seasons.
All the Vanderbilt University recruit did was win three state championships at the 39th annual IHSAA girls track and field meet at Indiana University.
She won the long jump (18-10 1/2), the 100-meter hurdles (14.50) and the 300 hurdles (42.20). Carpenter was the defending state champion in the same events and also won the 300 hurdles in 2010.
“It’s a relief for it to be over,” Carpenter said.”I’m glad to have done it again.
“I got off to a great start in the 100 hurdles. That put me out front and I had to maintain it. My best jump in the long jump was on my first attempt. I seen to do that a lot in long jump. Others get better as the meet goes on but my best generally seems to be my first effort. In the 300 hurdles it was nice to have someone on my heels.”
Symone Black of Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran (42.63) was the runner-up to Carpenter in the 300 hurdles.
“I knew coming into the meet that she was capable of it,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter’s distance in long jump and her time in the 100 hurdles were personal bests and Westview records.
“With three medals and two personal bests I’m happy,” she added.
Westview was in first place after the 300 hurdles with 38 points. The Warriors ended up in fourth place behind Indianapolis Pike 55 points, Fort Wayne Northrop 49 and Lawrence Central 45 1/2.
“We scored 38 points with two girls in four events,” Westview coach Jon Cook said. “It was a good night for Westview.”
Westview also scored 38 points a year ago when the Warriors finished third.
Westview’s other points came from senior Jeslyn Zimmerly (second in pole vault at 12-0).
“The weather conditions were definitely not good,” Zimmerly said about the temperature in the low 60s and gusting winds. “It was cold and windy, but you have to take what the Lord gives you. It was something that you had to push through.”
Hannah Acton of Bloomington South won pole vault with an effort of 12-3.
“I thought Kimyanna Rudolph (Lawrence Central senior who tied for third) would be my main competition,” Zimmerly said. “I was happy to get over 12-0. Acton deserved to win because she made the height. But I’m all right with second. This was my fourth time at state in the event. I owe a lot to Coach Cook for trying to get me to the next level.”
If the three state championships weren’t enough Carpenter was also named the mental attitude award winner.
“This just tops it all off,” she said. “I have been to state four years and always thought it was an honor to win this award. I feel really blessed to have won it.”
Northridge junior Corinne Cominator had a great evening, finishing third in the 1,600 (4:57.62) and fourth in the 3,200 (10:46.69).
“I had been to state before, but in relays never an individual event,” Cominator said. “I had run good races before but had not been on the medal stand. So it felt awesome to be up there twice. All that frustration is gone.
“The weather conditions tonight were a lot different than last year. A year ago, you could not describe the temperature as anything but hot. I remember looking up at the temperature and it was 97 degrees. I had never worn pants to the state finals before.”
Northridge’s 4 x 800 relay of junior Mackenzie Gray, junior Jennifer Schrock, sophomore Olivia Golden and junior Mandy Campbell placed 17th (9:46.76).
The Goshen Redskins had two medalists as senior Lauren Stutzman was eighth in long jump (17-6 3/4) and classmate Liana Yoder seventh in the 300 hurdles (44.79). Stutzman had been seeded 21st in long jump and Yoder 18th in the 300 hurdles.
“The jump I was seeded on was not my best effort,” Stutzman said. “I knew I could do better and went out and did just that.”
She was fourth in the event at last year’s meet.
“It was pretty cool to place again,” she said. “It was a good way to end my career. The only thing I’m a little sad about is I feel I could have done better. I have been over 18-0 before and that would have moved me up in the standings.”
Stutzman did have a longer jump, but it was ruled a foul.
“She had one that was probably over 18-0 but the judges ruled she was over the board,” Goshen coach Dallan Troyer said. “I was watching and didn’t think it was a foul. If it was it was by half a centimeter. But the judges are right there and they ruled it a foul so you have to go by that.
“Coming in seeded 21st, making the finals and getting a medal shows the kind of competitor she is.”
Fairfield senior Becca Kropf finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.44) and junior Sophie Brown sixth in pole vault (11-9).
“I’m really happy with my finish,” Kropf said. “I placed seventh a year ago, My goal was top three but there was some pretty good competition.”
Concord senior Melissa DuBois was sixth in long jump (17-11 1/2) and sophomore Jessica O’Connell 22nd in the 300 hurdles (47.74). Elkhart Memorial senior Mallory Conrad was 18th in discus (118-8) and freshman