BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – A year ago, Northrop’s Shaton Vaughn didn’t hurdle. Now he’s a state champion. The junior brought home a 300 meter hurdles state title while the Carroll 4×100 relay team also earned a state championship to headline area performers at the IHSAA state track meet in Bloomington on Friday night.
Vaughn, a junior, posted a time of 37.45 with Carmel’s Jalen Walker coming in second at 37.91. Vaughn also finished second in the 110 meter hurdles.
Carroll’s 4×100 relays squad made up of Justin Becker, Jordan Schmeling, Cameron Shank, and Connor Tapp blazed to a state championship with a time of 41.06. Avon came in second at 41.20.
Other top-five individual finishes include DeKalb junior Issac Brown, whose leap of 6-7 landed him third place in the high jump. Purdue recruit and South Adams senior Bailey McIntire – who came into the meet with the state’s best previous time this season – finished fourth at 9:11.41. Westview’s Richmond Stoltzfus came in third in the 1,600 meters while Northrop’s 4×800 meter relay team of Tristan Auer, Jalen Royal, Jack Brokaw, and Nick Derickson finished third. Royal also finished fourth in the 800 meters.
The much-anticipated showdown between Wayne’s Craig Young and Carroll’s Becker in the 100 meters failed to materialized when Young, a sophomore, pulled a hamstring in his 200 meter heat race. Young and Becker came into the day with the two best times in the state this season, but Becker came in fifth at 10.72 and Young – who walked the race – posted an official time of 37.32.
As a team, Carmel won the state title with 69 points while Northrop came in fifth at 32 points. Carroll was the only other local team to crack the top 20 – the Chargers tallied 16 points to come in 12th.