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Knight soars into state finals

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Northview sophomore Leeanna Knight won the long jump title at the Evansville Central Regional on Tuesday evening and earned a trip to the June 1 IHSAA State Finals. [Order this photo]
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EVANSVILLE -- Northview sophomore Leeanna Knight missed out on the opportunity to compete in the track and field regional at Evansville last season, but more than made up for it on Tuesday night.

Knight soared 16-9 in the long jump to win the event and with it, a berth in the IHSAA State Finals on June 1 to be held at Indiana University. She also reached the finals in the 100-meter dash where she placed seventh in a time of 13.07 as Evansville North's Rashawnda Shamell won the event in 12.44.

Last season, Knight won both events in the sectional, but injured her foot in the process and was nowhere close to 100 percent for regional competition. In her second chance however, she topped Evansville Reitz junior Jenna Martin by one inch to win the event. Terre Haute North's Keirra Porter was seventh with a leap of 15-4 to lead the rest of the Wabash Valley contingent in the long jump.

The Knights were also represented by their 4x100 relay team, that included freshman Gracie Geswein, Carrie Duregger, Natasha Barrett and Knight. The foursome placed 11th in the field with a time of 53.30, which was nine-hundredths quicker than their seeded time.

Geswein ran a 17.88 in the 100-meter hurdles, which left her 14th in the field.

With the top-three finishers in each event qualifying for the state finals, there was even more pressure for a top effort in a solid field of athletes.

Terre Haute North faired well enough to place second in team scoring to Evansville Reitz Memorial, which tallied 80 points. The Patriots were second with 74 points as 28 schools were represented in scoring.

Terre Haute North junior Chanli Mundy was the winner in the 3,200 meters in 11:08.85 with South's Nikki Thiede also qualifying for the state finals with a third-place finish in 11:40.24. Greencastle's Colleen Weatherford topped her seeded time by 10 seconds with a winning time of 5:06.39 in the 1,600 meters. The Braves' Thiede was also third in the event to qualify for the state meet. Weatherford placed second in the 800 meters (2:12.62) to Evansville Central's Taylor Wiley (2:10.75), who placed third in the state finals last season in the same event.

The Patriots advanced their 4x400 relay team, which placed third, but its 4x800 relay team broke the regional record with a time of 9:35.16. The team of Jessi Conley, Megan Owes, Emily Cotterman and Sydney Dickerson took nearly 20 seconds off its seeded time to win by 14 seconds.

In field events, the Patriots' Rachel Gutish advanced with a third-place in the pole vault (10-6) while Alissa Turpin narrowly missed in throwing events with a fourth in the discus and a fifth in the shotput.

The girl's state finals take place on Friday, June 1 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University beginning with field events at 4 p.m.

Evansville Central Girl's Regional

Top-3 in each event advances to IHSAA State Finals

100 meters -- 1. Rashawnda Shamell (EvNorth) 12.44, 2. Ann Fowler (Tech) 12.55, 3. Aaliyah Armstead (EvReitz) 12.70, 4. Darian Mehne (Jasper) 12.72

Local: 7. Leeanna Knight (Nv) 13.07

200 meters -- 1. Rashawnda Shamell (EvNorth) 25.93, 2. Ann Fowler (Tech) 26.00, 3. Darian Mehne (Jasper) 26.18, 4. Morgan Mulzer (EvReitz) 26.25

Local: 5. Page Pickens (Gcastle) 27.05, 6. Jenni Wilkes (Sullivan) 27.37

400 meters -- 1. Kaylee Bettag (Ev.North) 59.71, 2. Weslee Wilson (SKnox) 59.98, 3. Adi Dilger (FPark) 1:00.27, 4. Jessi Conley (THN) 1:00.52

Local: 5. Sara Dickey (Riv.Parke) 1:01.09, 10. Kaylee Ellis (THS) 1:03.00, 16. Mariah Oetken (Clover) 1:06.76

800 -- 1. Taylor Wiley (EvCent) 2:10.75, 2. Colleen Weatherford (Gcastle) 2:12.62, 3. Erika McCormick (Mt. Vernon) 2:21.83, 4. Sydney Dickerson (THN) 2:22.24

Local: 8. Emily Gill (Gcastle) 2:28.23, 9. TaPring Goatee (THN) 2:29.34

1,600 -- 1. Colleen Weatherford (Gcastle) 5:06.39, 2. Sienna Crews (Her.Hills) 5:07.55, 3. Nikki Thiede (THS) 5:16.32, 4. Katherine Loebker (THN) 5:24.51

Local: 10. Annie Mullican (THN) 5:38.79

3,200 -- 1. Chanli Mundy (THN) 11:08.85, 2. Chloe Heller (Wash) 11:17.64, 3. Nikki Thiede (THS) 11:40.24, 4. Claire Ehrensbeck (Ev.Reitz) 11:52.42

Local: 7. Rachel Stephens (THS) 12:09.80, 8. Mallory Sanders (THN) 12:19.04

100 Hurdles -- 1. Keirra Porter (THN) 15.14, 2. Jenna Martin (EvReitz) 15.23, 3. Kiersten record (EvMem) 15.68, 4. Jordyn Milheiser (GibSouth) 16.01

Local: 7. Tasia Brewer (THS) 16.45, 8. Brooke Gray (Clover) 18.06. 14. Gracie Geswein (Nview) 17.88

300 Hurdles -- 1. Kiersten Record (EvMem) 45.57, 2. Jordyn Milheiser (GibSouth) 46.33, 3. Renaye Wahl (EvReitz) 47.07, 4. Janelle Lucas (WVigo) 47.20

Local: 7. Tasia Brewer (THS) 49.12, 10. Ariel Higgins (SPutnam) 50.04

4x100 Relay -- 1. Evansville Reitz, 49.99, 2. Evansville North, 50.29, 3. Evansville Bosse, 50.94, 4. Greencastle, 51.21

Local: 10. Sullivan, 53.24, 11. Northview (Gracie Geswein, Carrie Duregger, Natasha Barrett, Leeanna Knight) 53.30

4x400 Relay -- 1. Evansville Bosse, 4:05.92, 2. Evansville Reitz, 4:08.58, 3. Terre Haute North, 4:09.86, 4. Castle, 4:09.90

Local: 7. Terre Haute South, 4:14.70, 9. West Vigo, 4:17.99, 14. Greencastle, 4:28.94

4x800 Relay -- 1. Terre Haute North, 9:35.16, 2. Perry Central, 9:49.79, 3. Castle, 9:51.63, 4. Evansville Reitz, 9:53.66

Local: 8. Cloverdale, 10:29.24, 10. Terre Haute South, 10:46.94, 12. Greencastle, 10:50.77

High Jump -- 1. Kennedy Madison (EvBosse) 5-2, 2. Zuriel Sanders (Castle) 5-2, 3. Keina Lanman (NE Dubois) 5-2, 4. Cheyanna Carlisle (Tech) 5-0

Local: 5. Mariah Oetken (Clover) 5-0, 6. Kelsey Thomas (THN) 5-0, 9. Carson Smith (THN) 4-10, 9. Brittney Pink (THS) 4-10

Pole Vault -- 1. Kendra Bosecker (SKnox) 11-6, 2. Kayla Carlile (EvNorth) 10-10, 3. Rachel Gutish (THN) 10-6, 4. Den Blankenberger (EvMem) 10-6

Local: Darby Siscoe (Sullivan) NH, Jenna Geier (SPutnam) NH

Long Jump -- 1. Leeanna Knight (Nview) 16-9 , 2. Jenna Martin (EvReitz) 16-8 , 3. Yamani Hunter (EvBosse) 16-8, 4. Darian Mehne (Jasper) 16-1

Local: 6. Keirra Porter (THN) 15-5, 10. J. Gomes Kuehner (THN) 14-8, 11. Carissa Johnson (GCastle) 14-5

Shot Put -- 1. Cassie Wertman (Sridge) 47-7, 2. Sara Dickey (RParke) 37-2, 3. Stephanie Sherwood (Ev.Reitz) 36-3 , 4. Janessa Foster (Pike Central) 35-10

Local: 5. Alissa Turpin (THN) 35-7, 7. Stephanie Penturf (Gcastle) 35-1 , 10. Samantha Lucas (NPutnam) 33-10

Discus -- 1. Cassie Wertman (Sridge) 141-7, 2. Morgan Meyer (Sridge) 123-2 , 3. Kayla Galloway (Tell City) 112-7, 4. Alissa Turpin (THN) 111-3

Local: 7. Brianna Burgess (THN) 103-9 , 10. Katie Welch (NPutnam) 97-9, 13. Kylie Fendrick (THS) 94-5 1/2