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June 6, 2014

Welker 3rd is best for Valley

BLOOMINGTON — Going into the last turn of the 800-meter championship race in Friday’s IHSAA girls track and field state finals, Terre Haute North sophomore Lindsay Welker was right where she wanted to be.

“The first 700 meters of the race, I felt awesome,” Welker said. “I was second coming around the turn, and unfortunately, I just cramped up really bad and I wasn’t able to catch the girl.”

Welker settled for third place, the best showing of any Wabash Valley competitor Friday night. She finished the race in 2 minutes, 13.31 seconds, behind Penn freshman Ashleigh Macleod (2:11.32) and Plainfield junior Samantha Woodford.

It was still good enough for a school record for Welker, who knew the competition Friday would be steeper than what she faced during the season.

“I came out here today to just try and run as best as I could,” she said. “This season was kind of bumpy. I battled some injuries. So I just came out today trying to relax, try to be patient and see how the race was going to play out.

“I got the school record, I got a personal record for the season, so I couldn’t be happier,” Welker added.

Welker then helped North’s 1,600 relay team close the event Friday night with a seventh-place finish. She ran with Jessi Conley, Keeliegh Stigall and Layne Curley.

Coming off a knee injury, Northview senior Leeanna Knight saved her best for the final meet of her high school career.

Knight leaped 17 feet, 111⁄2 inches in the long-jump finals, good for eighth place. She said she was Northview’s first track medalist since the 1990s.

“I’m really excited for how I did. I just got done with a knee injury and it was my best outdoor jump of the year. I’m very happy,” said Knight, who improved on her previous state-finals experience.

Linton senior Micaela Hazlewood wasn’t quite as pleased with her two podium finishes. She was sixth in the shot put and discus, her fourth and fifth state medals.

“Most of the things I’ve had issues with all year just came,” Hazlewood said. “I didn’t throw to my best and other people came out and performed.”

Hazlewood’s best throw in the discus was 140-7; she threw 42-4 in the shot put.

Even with a somewhat disappointing finish, Hazlewood said she felt “honored” to represent her school.

“Not too many people can say that they’ve got five medals for the school. Hopefully, I’ve revived a passion at Linton for track,” she said.

“Even though I didn’t get the medals I wanted, two medals at state finals, you can’t be mad at yourself.”

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