GARY WEST WINS BOYS STATE TITLE
June 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IHSAA PRESS RELEASE
Gary West Side claimed the 2014 Boys Track and Field State Championship, the Cougars’ first state title since 1980, and sixth overall (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 2014). West Side topped Carmel in the final standings by just two points (41-39) after placing fifth in the final event of the evening, the 4x400 meter relay, gaining the necessary points to take the lead.
Head coach Eugene Johnson’s West Side squad was led by championship performances by senior Lonnie Johnson, who took first in the long jump (23-6), and the 4x100 relay team (Barry Wesby 11, Carlton Sims 11, Lonnie Johnson 12, Jonvae Johnson 12) which crossed the line first in 41.32. Jonvae Johnson led the way for the Cougars, finishing third in the 100 and second in the 200. The quartet of Deronte Buggs (11), Wesby, Sims, and Lonnie Johnson teamed to take fifth in 4x400, giving the Cougars enough points to capture their first state crown in 34 years.
The lone state record of the night was set by Bloomington South junior Deakin Volz, who cleared 17-0.5 in the pole vault. This was the first state title for Volz, whose brother Drew took home top honors in the event in 2010 and 2011. Their father David, who also competed for Bloomington South, owned the event as an upperclassman, winning in 1979 and 1980.
Southport senior Clayton Bowie successfully defended his 3200 meter title from a year ago, besting the field with a time of 9:06.63.
The official attendance for Saturday’s event at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex was 5,432, putting the two-day total at 9,846.
Calvin Kraft of Fishers Wins Hinshaw Mental Attitude Award
Kraft finished fifth in the 1600, crossing the line at 4:16.65 and capping off a successful senior campaign. This is Kraft’s second state finals appearance; he was the lead-off leg for Fishers’ fifth place 4x800 relay team in 2013. An outstanding student, Kraft earned a perfect score on the ACT, is a National Merit Scholar, and National Merit Scholarship recipient.
Kraft will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. He is the son of Roger and Christine Kraft of Fishers.
The IHSAA Executive Committee presented a $1,000 scholarship to Fishers High School in the name of Calvin Kraft.