News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 1, 2013

Patriots girls take aim at state track title

Craig Pearson
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute North’s girls have several potential state champions today at Indiana University.

The Patriots have multiple contenders for state championships as well as a couple relay teams that have ran some of the fastest times in the state. The potential is there for them to score as many points as any team in the meet.

“If everyone does what we’re capable of doing, we’ll be in the running,” Terre Haute North coach Mike Dason said.

Chanli Mundy, a future Indiana University runner, will be a contender in the 3,200 meters, an event she’s been seeking to take the school record in for some time. Approaching that record of 10:55 by Amy Hamilton should put Mundy among the state’s best today. She’ll also have an opportunity to score points in the 1,600.

“Her goal is to run like she did at regionals, which was flawless and she if she can break her school record again, which is 5:10, she’ll be close to all-state territory,” Dason said.

Terre Haute North senior TaPring Goatee and freshman Lindsay Welker are expected to be among the top five in the 800 meters, which has Dason’s anticipation at a high level. Greencastle’s Colleen Weatherford is seeded among the top five runners.

“It’s really or a four or five woman race. It’s going to be the race to really watch,” Dason said.

Sophomore Keirra Porter, who won the state title in the 100 hurdles during the indoor season, hasn’t faced elite competition throughout the spring. But she’s still seeded fifth in the event. If she has her best day, a state title is obviously a possibility.

Porter is also seeded seventh in the long jump, making her a favorite to make the finals and score points for the Patriots.

She’s the school-record holder in the event after breaking Kylie Hutson’s mark with her own of 18-feet-11. That type of jump would likely put her in the top five in the state.

Rachel Gutish takes a seed of 12th into the pole vault, although Gutish has jumped higher than her regional mark of 11-0. She could take a run at Hutson’s school record of 11-9, and that would seem certain to make her an all-state finisher.

The Patriots have competitors in both throws as well. Alissa Turpin is seeded eighth after throwing 41-6 at the regional.

Brianna Burgess, a junior, will compete in the discus.

“I’m excited she made it this far and far exceeded her personal best last year. Just hoping she can get a PR again,” Dason said.

Goatee, Welker, Jessi Conley and Sydney Dickerson, who is also a potential all-state runner in the 400, lead North into the 3,200 relay and the 1,600 relay.

The 3,200 relay is today’s first running event final, and the Patriots’ foursome has run the second fastest time in the state this season, said Dason, who thinks his team is capable of breaking the state meet record of 9:03.

“We’re seeded fifth, but we have second the fastest time in the state right now,” Dason said.

The same four runners will hope to conclude the meet by scoring big for the team. The Patriots will not run in the final of three heats, however, due to stormy conditions.

The Patriots’ 400-meter relay team of Summer Scank, Keirra Porter, Sarah Fears and Dashawna Johnson have already one of the fastest times for North in recent years.