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Results from Oak Hill for Saturday, March 23rd

OHTF Golden Eagles Finish 3rd at HSR Indoor State Finals Setting 3 Program Records & Earning 13 All State Honors – 4×8 & DMR Relays Earn State Runner Up Medals

The OHTF Golden Eagles had a very strong showing at Saturday’s Hoosier State Relays Indoor State Finals held at the new Fall Creek Pavilion Indoor facility at the Indiana State Fairgrounds earning a 3rd Place finish in the Small School Division (Football Classes 1a-2a-3a). The 3rd Place finish matches the best team finish at the HSR State Finals with the 2019 finish. There are 297 schools in the small school division competing for the HSR State Title. Bishop Chatard won the Indoor State Title with Delta finishing 2nd. In all the Golden Eagles had 2 State Runner Up Finishes, 13 All State Performances, 3 New Program Records, and an additional 2 more Top 20 finishes from Freshmen.

The HSR State Finals is the conclusion of the month-long indoor season that features three weekends of qualifying meets and a “classed” State Finals to close out the month. The two divisions are broken up by Football Classification with the Big School Division being 4a-5a-6a Schools while the Small School Division is 1a-2a-3a. The Top 24 ranked individuals and relays in each event through the month earned a spot in the HSR State Finals.

The highlights of the day were two Runner Up finishes in the 4×800 Meter Relay and the Distance Medley Relay. While the goal and hope was to win Indoor State Titles in both the Golden Eagle foursomes in each event battled tough competition and did so with tired legs. The Runner Up finishes were the best ever in Program History for a Golden Eagle’s relay at the HSR Finals. The previous best placing was 4th three separate times – the most recent 2019.

The 4×8 team of Seniors Owen Jackson and Trenton Sweet along with Junior Lance Wyrick and Sophomore Corban Tippey came within 3 seconds of a State Title clocking a 8:09 to finish 2nd behind Bishop Chatard, The time was a New Program Record bettering the previous mark set last week at 8:23. Jackson anchored and almost brought the group all the way back to 1st with a split of 1:56. The time of 8:09 ranks in the Top 15 of all classes at this point in the season.

Sweet, Wyrick, and Jackson returned just over an hour later to take 2nd in the DMR along with Senior Levi Trexler. The Golden Eagles had entered the event with the best seed time of 10:30, a new Program Record they had set two weeks prior. But they were running against a very talented team from Springs Valley who was competing for the first time Saturday. Sweet led off in the 1200 Meters grabbing a lead over the field with Trexler battling for his 400 Meter leg throughout to but Wyrick even with the Springs Valley for his 800 Meter run. Wyrick grabbed the lead again giving Jackson a chance to close it out. Jackson led for over 1200 Meters before his legs tired and the Springs Valley anchor took the lead for good. Jackson split a 4:23 anchor leg for 1600 Meters but the anchor of Springs Valley posted an impressive 4:18. The time of 10:37 was slower than their Program Record but still one of the State’s Top 15 times on the day despite class. The 10:30 still stands as one of the Top 8-9 times all season thus far.

Not done on the day, Sweet, Trexler, and Wyrick came back once again on tired legs to team up with Senior AJ Austin to earn another All State Top 8 Podium Medal taking 7th in the 4×400 Meter Relay. The time of 3:35 was not only good enough from a slower heat to earn the Golden Eagle foursome another medal but also set a New Program Record. The previous record of 3:35.43 was set in 2011.

The only individual All State Medal on the day for the Golden Eagles came from Senior Nate Brower who cleared a New Program Record 13-3 in the Pole Vault to take 7th. His clearance of 13-3 matches the previous Program Best Mark set by Caiden Lake and Gavin Holz in 2019. Brower was making his 2nd trip to the HSR State Finals in the event.

Some additional solid performances today at the HSR Indoor State Finals for the Golden Eagles came with Top 20 Finishes from Freshman Jalen Scott 13th 60 M Dash and Freshman Kyle Brower 16th in the Pole Vault. Both Scott and Brower were the only Freshman to compete in their respective events. Scott recorded the 2nd fastest 60 M time in Program History this season trailing only Tahj Johnson while Brower posted the 5th best Pole Vault mark in Program History.

Sweet and Wyrick were both All State in 3 separate events while Trexler and Jackson were All State in 2 separate events.

Wyrick now has tied Alec Samuels for 5th most HSR Indoor State Finals Appearances in Program History with 7. Alums Sammy Sommers 10, Kegan Anderson 9, Corey Aughinbaugh 9, and Cameron Balser 8 are who Wyrick is chasing next year.

Trexler, Jackson, Nate Brower, and Tippey became part of 41 Golden Eagles to be multi time HSR State Qualifiers in Program History. Wyrick, Sweet, and Senior Toby Sneed are already Multi Time Qualifiers.

Scott and Brower joined Corey Aughinabugh in 2009 as the only Freshman in Program History to Qualify for the HSR State Finals individually.

The Golden Eagles currently ranked 17th in the entire one class Coaches Association Poll are off until after Spring Break when they travel to Maconaquah to start their Outdoor season on Thursday April 4th.

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OHTF Lady Eagles Earn a Top 16 Finish at HSR Indoor State Finals Setting 2 Program Records & Earning 9 All State Honors – Campbell Leads the Way with 3 All State Medals

The OHTF Lady Eagles had a very strong showing at Saturday’s Hoosier State Relays Indoor State Finals held at the new Fall Creek Pavilion Indoor facility at the Indiana State Fairgrounds earning a Top 20 finish in 16th competing in the Small School Division (Football Classes 1a-2a-3a). There are 297 schools in the small school division competing for the HSR State Title. Bishop Chatard won the Indoor State Title with Heritage Christian coming in 2nd and West Lafayette 3rd. In all the Lady Eagles had 1 Top 3 Finish, 9 All State Performances, 2 New Program Records, and an additional 2 more Top 22 finishes.

The HSR State Finals is the conclusion of the month-long indoor season that features three weekends of qualifying meets and a “classed” State Finals to close out the month. The two divisions are broken up by Football Classification with the Big School Division being 4a-5a-6a Schools while the Small School Division is 1a-2a-3a. The Top 24 ranked individuals and relays in each event through the month earned a spot in the HSR State Finals.

Lady Eagle Junior Ellie Campbell led the way Saturday earning 3 All State Top 8 Podium Medals in 3 separate events. Campbell started the day by finishing 3rd in the Long Jump with a career best indoor or outdoor jump of 17-6.75 to finish 3rd. Campbell’s new personal best was over 9 inches further than her previous indoor mark that was also a Program Record. It also betters her School Record of 17-5.75 that she set last spring in qualifying for the 2023 IHSAA Outdoor State Finals. It is the 1st All State Medal ever for a Lady Eagle in the Long Jump event. Campbell was also an individual qualifier in the High Jump but tired legs and a hectic schedule limited her abilities and she was not able to record a height.

Campbell earned her other two All State Medals as a member of both the 4×200 Meter Relay and the 4×400 Meter Relay. Both relays competing outside the fast heat were able to run fast and post times to steal All State Medals. The 4×2 Relay consisted of Campbell along with Senior Leah Highley, Junior Cail Bowlin, and Sophomore Audrey Rex. The Lady Eagle foursome posted an identical time to their already established Program Record of 1:50.88. The time was good enough for 8th overall and the 1st All State Medal ever for a Lady Eagles 4×2 Relay.

Campbell, Highley, and Rex all joined back up this time with Sophomore Lexi Nuber to clock a 4:15 in the 4×4 Relay also earning an 8th Place All State Medal. The time is the 2nd fastest in Program History trailing only the 2013 Relay that was State Runner Up at the HSR Indoor Finals. It was only the 3rd time in Program History that a Lady Eagle’s 4×4 Relay earned All State honors. The most recent also coming in 2013.

The Lady Eagles also got solid performances from another relay and individual both posting Top 22 finishes. The 4×800 Meter Relay of Senior Evelin Perez, Junior Audrey Woodard, Sophomore Biruk Travis, and Freshman Quinn Brunner were 19th overall in 11:13. Their time was the 7th best in Program History. Junior Jennessa Shields, making her first HSR State Finals appearance, took 22nd in the Shot Put.

After qualifying for the HSR State Finals in 4 events, Campbell is now tied with Danielle Thompson for 2nd most HSR Indoor State Finals Appearances in Program History at 7. Only Margo Hornocker has more at 10.

Highley is now tied with 3 others for 7th most HSR Indoor State Finals Appearances with 5 in her career. She is tied with Christine Harper, Savannah Hart, and Adrianna Trexler.

Travis and Woodard became part of 36 Lady Eagles to be Multi Time HSR Indoor State Qualifiers.

The Lady Eagles are off until after Spring Break when they travel to Maconaquah to start their Outdoor season on Thursday April 4th.

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