Carmel Senior Ryan Lipe is the 2017 IHSAA Boys State Track Champion in the Pole Vault. Lipe, who also won the event in 2016, cleared 17 feet 3 inches Friday at Indiana University. Lipe also finished second in the 100 meters and was part of the sixth-place 4 x 100 meter relay team. Carmel won its third straight State track crown.
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Hamilton Southeasternís Gabe Fendel leads the pack at the start of the 1600 meters Friday at the IHSAA State Boys Track Championship. Fendel won the race in 4:04.70.
BLOOMINGTON - The Carmel Greyhounds are state champions once again. It's a full on dynasty at this point as Carmel has now won three consecutive state titles.
The Greyhounds ran away from the field on Friday night at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at Indiana University, finishing with 69 points. Runner-up Avon trailed by a considerable margin finishing with 47 points.
Westfield, Noblesville and Hamilton Southeastern all placed in the top 20. Westfield placed 13th, while Noblesville and HSE finished in a three-way tie with Whiteland Community at 18th.
Senior Ryan Lipe led the way for Carmel. Lipe captured his second straight pole vault state title with a height of 17-3. He also placed second in 100-meter dash and anchored the 4x100-meter relay team that finished sixth.
The Greyhounds got off to a great start on Friday winning the first event, the 3200-meter relay, with a time of 7:43.65.
Carmel had a number of strong individual performances in addition to Lipe's. Jalen Walker placed second in the 300-meter hurdles. Mitch Lipe finished fourth in the pole vault, and junior sprinter Spencer Gudgel added a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Overall, the Greyhounds ended the night with seven top-six finishes.
Other results from around the county:
The Shamrocks competed in a number of events and tallied 13 points, good for a 13th-place finish.
Westfield had its strongest showing in the 4x800-meter relay. The team of Aaron Bennett, Desmond Herrell, Nicholas Leahy and Charlie Miller placed fourth with a time of 7:48.37.
Bennett and Miller also helped the Rocks place ninth in the 4x400-meter relay. Justin Mamaril and Peyton Haack rounded out the team that finished with a time of 3:20.35.
Westfield also performed well in the 300-meter hurdles. Mamaril placed sixth and Dainon Wray finished in 10th.
The Rocks other top-ten finish came in the 200-meter dash where Evan Manley placed eighth.
Haack also added a 14th-place finish in the pole vault.
The Millers sent longtime head coach Kent Graham off with a trio of top-ten finishes in his final meet.
Junior James Hardin finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.10. Drew Hartmann also scored a fifth-place finish with a throw of 55-04.50 in the shot put, and Eric Hoffman placed eighth in the 3200 with a time of 9:17.26.
Additionally, Noblesville's 4x400 team of Hardin, Bryce Gatewood, Mitchell Conard and Jaden Wills finished 19th with a time of 3:23.98.
The Millers finished with 12 points and an 18th-place finish. Graham is now retired after coaching Noblesville's boys cross country and boys track and field teams for the past 31 years.
The Huskies' Jesse Brown was the school's lone state qualifier this season. Brown placed 14th in the long jump with a leap of 21-09.75.
The Blackhawks also brought one state qualifier to Bloomington. Senior Tommy Glidden placed 15th in the high jump with a jump of 6-02.00.
HSE also earned 12 points finishing in a three-way tie with Noblesville and Whiteland Community for 18th place.
The highlight of the day for the Royals came from junior Gabe Fendel. Fendel captured the state title in the 1600 and flirted with the state record (4:03.0) with an outstanding run of 4:04.70.
Senior Braydon Watson also participated in the 1600 finishing 18th with a time of 4:23.77.
The Royals' had two other top-ten finishes in the competition. Freshman Noah Malone placed eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.83. Malone and teammates Jack Boyd, Isaiah Phillips and Chase Maxey also placed 10th in the 4x100.
Finally, Ben Wagoner finished 17th in the 3200 with a time of 9:35.59.
The Tigers tallied nine team points and finished 23rd in the final standings.
Fishers produced top-ten finishes in three events.
The team's best performance came in the 4x800. The team of Ethan Meyer, Joshua Roth, Andrew Runion and Peter Werling placed fifth with a time of 7:48.88.
Individually, Roth also placed sixth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:12.47. Junior Samuel Kuhn was just a few spots behind finishing 10th at 9:21.41.
The Tigers' 4x100 relay team also had a strong showing placing 11th. The team of AsaSaunee Cartagena, Benjamin Norton, William Syrus and Jalen Moss finished at 42.64.
Additionally, Werling placed 17th in the 800-meter run, and Cameron Kosegi placed 14th in the discus.