A discus thrower, a high-jumper and a sprinter will represent Jackson County at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex — the grand stage at Indiana University.
Brownstown Central’s Trentity Vaught and Brooklyn Snodgrass, and Trinity Lutheran’s Hailley Peters all qualified for the state track and field meet with second-place efforts Tuesday at the Bloomington North Regional.
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Vaught, a junior, demolished her personal-best by tossing 122-8 in the discus.
“It’s really, really exciting. I didn’t expect to get through to state,” Vaught said. “I stuck my foot and was big with the throw. I’m hopefully going to place over at state. I want to have some colleges look at me up there.”
Braves coach Maria Weigel said Vaught lived up to her second-seed expectations.
“I knew that if she had one big one, she would get through,” Weigel said. “She got that first throw and beat her personal record by six feet. Our throwers have really bought in to what our coaches have been saying. It’s starting to click.”
Despite battling an injury for the past month, Snodgrass beat the odds by clocking 12.86 in the 100-meter dash.
The freshman came in with the No. 8 seed, shocking the competition.
“It feels pretty great, coming in and being seeded low and getting through,” Snodgrass said. “I knew I was going to run either way (in the postseason). I couldn’t pass up running my freshman year. I got off the blocks really well. I was about 0.2 off of my personal best. It’s really cool to be able to say ‘I’m getting to go to state.’”
Weigel said Snodgrass had a good start off the gun.
Peters, a junior, cleared 5-3 in the high jump to tie a personal best and earn a second-place ribbon.
“We’re really proud of her,” Cougars coach Chris Crenshaw said. “Her goal as soon as the last season ended was to get to state. We came up to the state meet last year and saw what she needed to do. She tied her personal best, which she just jumped two weeks ago. She just had an overall good meet. There wasn’t one aspect that was better than the rest.”
Seymour tied for eighth in total points with Henryville at 20.
Bloomington South won the overall team standings with 128 points.
While the top three in each event earned an automatic bid, some athletes will scratch from the state competition.
Seymour could potentially send multiple athletes to the state meet June 3, dependent on other teams’ scratches.
Due to the late start, full results were not available to The Tribune by deadline. Check Thursday’s edition for full results, which will include all of the athletes that competed.