Warren Central's McGrone, Winamac's Crawford still have chance in 200m, relay
Warren Central High School's Candyce McGrone finished fourth Thursday in the women's 100 meters in the USA Junior Track and Field Championships at IUPUI.
The top two automatically make the team for next month's Pan American Junior Championships in Brazil. But McGrone -- as well as Winamac's Shane Crawford -- could be chosen for the 400-meter relay.
I wanted to finish in the top two and make sure I could go, McGrone said. Hopefully, I'll get to go.
The under-20 junior nationals include college freshmen as well as high schoolers.
McGrone, 18, has another chance in today's 200 meters, her strongest event. The 200 final is at 2:30 p.m.
McGrone won her 100 semifinal in 11.29 seconds with a wind of 2.4 meters per second, barely over the 2.0 allowable for records. Her response?
That made her the second-fastest Indiana high school girl ever. North Central's Maicel Malone ran a windy 11.18 in 1986.
With zero wind, University of Tennessee freshman Lynn Lane won the final in 11.31. McGrone's time was 11.54.
I didn't get out quick enough, she said. Overall, it was good. I needed the experience.
Rynell Parson, San Antonio, won the men's 100 in 10.23, a record for high school sophomores. University of Nebraska freshman Scott Wims, Fort Wayne, was second in 10.24 and Crawford third in 10.38.
Wims won a 100/200 double for Northrop at last year's state meet. Crawford won the state 100 on June 1; he said he hasn't done anything since because of an ailing hamstring.
There's just a lot of what-ifs, said Crawford, who coasted in the closing meters of a semifinal he won in a windy 10.33. I don't like to say that kind of stuff.
I'm kind of excited for indoor season already.
Another Hoosier, five-time state champion Bryce Brown of Evansville Harrison, was third in the 110 hurdles in 13.42. Brendan Ames, Cheyenne, Wyo., won in 13.15 with an aiding wind (2.7 mps).
Brown barely made the final as the eighth qualifier in 13.89.
Elsewhere, Pike's D'Ana McCarty was third in the women's shot put at 44 feet, 11/4 inches, and Lawrence North's Tra Wilson was sixth in the men's long jump at 23-4.
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