Northview's Trout places 14th at state meet; breaks school 3,200 record
Times Staff Report
Northview junior Cam Trout wrapped up an outstanding season of running both indoor and outdoors by competing in the IHSAA State Track and Field Finals on Friday evening.
Trout outran his seeded position as he placed 14th overall in the 27-man event after being seeded 16th overall. He re-set his own school record that he broke last week at the Bloomington North Regional with his time of 9:26.72.
"Cam had an excellent season this spring. During indoor season we set goals of setting the school record in the 3200 and qualifying for the outdoor state meet," coach James Grounds noted. "We knew that it was going to be challenging to qualify in the 3200 with the level of competition in our new regional, however due to Cam peaking at the right time he was able to seize the opportunity at regionals and earn a spot at state."
Indeed, Trout ran his best times of the season at the most opportune time under the new postseason guidelines and a difficult new regional that is strong in the distance events. After competing in the Evansville Central Regional in recent years, the Terre Haute North Sectional qualified the top-three individuals in each event automatically to the Bloomington North Regional along with the next best five times/distances out of all the feeder sectionals heading to Bloomington North.
Trout was the runner-up in the 3,200 meters in both the sectional and regional to Terre Haute South's Spencer Danielson, who placed fourth in Friday's state finals (9:10.84). Carmel junior Ben Veatch was the repeat winner of the event with a time of 8:53.77, which was just two seconds off the state finals record.
The key to Cam's success this season has been consistency. I've been preaching the importance of consistency to the team since I started coaching at Northview almost a year ago," Grounds said. "Since indoor state, Cam has done what it takes to ensure that he would meet the goals we set."
After qualifying for the state finals in both cross country, indoor and outdoor track, Trout will get a bit of a break before the focus shifts to the fall cross country season.
"Now we are just looking forward to taking a break before starting summer conditioning for cross country," Grounds said. "We are looking forward to getting the rest of the guys a good consistent summer of training and are looking to have a good team season during Cross Country."