For The Tribune
Hailley Peters came tantalizingly close, but just missed a medal in Saturday’s Girls Track and Field State Finals.
The Trinity Lutheran senior finished 10th after clearing 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump. The top nine score and make the awards podium.
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She was tied for the No. 14 seed coming in.
Peters cleared the opening height of 5-0 on her first try. She made 5-2 on her second attempt, 5-3 on her first try and 5-4 on her second attempt before missing three times at 5-5.
“My 5-4 jump felt really good,” Peters said. “My 5-5 jump, that last one, felt good, too, but I just hit it with my ankles. I’ve been working hard for all four years for this, and it makes me happy.”
Peters, who is considering walking on to the track team at Ball State, was making her second appearance in the state finals. She made 5-2 last year.
“Knowing the environment was huge,” Peters said. “Not being as nervous made me more comfortable with the whole setting of state.”
Meanwhile, Seymour’s Ashton Chase was making her first appearance in the state track meet. She finished 15th in the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 13.65 seconds.
Chase was seeded 23rd with her regional time of 5:13.16, which was her personal best.
“I thought my start was a lot better than last week at regional,” Chase said. “I kept up a good pace. I wanted lower, like a 5:10 or 5:05, but it’s all right. Maybe next year, I’ll get it.”
Brownstown Central had two girls competing in the state meet. Senior Trentity Vaught finished 18th in the discus with a throw of 118-3.
Sophomore Brooklyn Snodgrass finished 21st in 12.70 in the preliminaries of the 100. The 4-foot-11 Snodgrass was making her second state appearance in as many years.
“I got a pretty good start, but everyone’s legs are a lot longer than mine,” Snodgrass said. “I’m going to work my hardest to get back here the next two years.”
Crothersville senior Breanna Barger was seeded 27th of 27 competitors entering the 800 meters. But she was able to move up a spot and finish 26th in 2:27.43, which was a couple seconds off the school-record 2:25.68 in the regional.
Barger, who will run cross-country and track at Hanover or St.-Mary-of-the-Woods, was the first Crothersville girl ever to qualify for the state meet.
“It’s an amazing experience,” Barger said. “It definitely shows that hard work pays off. I really enjoy that. I didn’t expect to make it to state in the 800. I was just going after the record, and it just kind of happened.”