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Written by Don Jellison, on 02-20-2008 09:37

The 2008 high school track and field season is heating up.

The indoor season, that is.

Already, two Noblesville throwers, one a current Miller and one a former Miller, have put some impressive numbers into the book.

Paul Haas, a sophomore from Noblesville, had a big day for Indiana University at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington. He recorded a pair of careers bests.

Haas’ second-place heave in the weight throw of 17.85m is the fifth best throw in IU history. He added .32m to his previous best. Haas also finished third in the shot put, with a mark that improved his previous career best by 78 centimeters.

Meanwhile, back home, Noblesville senior Tyler Hiatt, participating in a club meet at Indiana University, broke the school record in the shot put with a 60-4 heave. That shattered the previous school record of 58-0, tossed by Hiatt in an earlier meet at DePauw University.

“Hiatt’s record toss ranks in the top 10 in the nation,” said Noblesville coach Kent Graham.

Hiatt has been invited to the Nike Invitational in Washington, D.C. on March 15.

Also in the meet at IU, a Noblesville 4x800 relay team of Jake Waterman, Josh Snyder, Jesse Geisler and Blake Dircksen  placed first in 8:25.

Most Hamilton County track and field athletes, boys and girls, who are participating or soon will be participating in the indoor programs are preparing for the Hoosier State Relays, which, really, is kind of the state meet of the indoor season. It will be held March 22 at the Gladstein Fieldhouse on the campus of Indiana University.

Athletes will compete at various qualifying meets, starting in March. They can compete at any of the meets and also can compete more than once. Meets will be held at DePauw, Indiana State, Huntington University, Taylor University, Wabash College, Purdue University, Indiana Wesleyan, Indiana University  and Anderson University.

Graham, the coach of Noblesville's boys team, and Andy Swickheimer, the coach of the Lady Millers, are working hard as Noblesville prepares to hold a qualifier at Anderson University on March 8.

Events for the Hoosier State Relays include the 3200 run, 55-meter hurdles, 55-meter dash, and the 4x800, 4x200, 4x400 and distance medley relays. Also, there will be competition in the pole vault, high jump, long jump and shot put.

There are two divisions. Class 5A and Class 4A schools will compete in one division and Class 1A, Class 2A and 3A schools in the another division.

Hamilton County had several athletes, in both divisions, who made it to the finals in Bloomington last year and several placed in the finals.
Hamilton Heights stood out in the 1A, 2A and 3A division.

Heights’ 4x800 relay team of Heather Reeves, Jordan Gerbsch, Caity Murdock and Kaylie Waltz was third. Ryan Band, Jordan Ellis, Martin Garrison and Zach Cherry placed sixth in the boys’ 4x800. Lindsay Cherry, Erin Ladd, Stephanie Muir and Danielle Duvall placed 11th in the girls 4x200. In the girls 4x400, Rachel Huber, Adara VanDyke, Gerbsch and Kelly Reeves placed 10th. Murdock, Huber, Waltz and Heather Reeves were fifth in the distance medley.

In individual events, Gerbsch was eighth in the high jump and D.J. Harbit was third in the long jump.

In the 5A and 4A division, county athletes from Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers were among the top finishers.

Southeastern’s Portia Bailey was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles. The Royals were 12th in the girls 4x200 relay with Amber Wineglass, Kreya Kadam, Kara Kinsley and Bailey. In the 4x400 relay, the Royals were sixth with Megan Kiley, Katie Mastronicola, Megan Brophy and Michelle Harrison.

Fishers’ Drew Shields and Cale Allen were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 3200 run.

In the 4x800 relay, Westfield’s Maggie Bingham, Kaitlyn Love, Breanne Ehrman and Kelsey Love placed first; Carmel’s Sarah Turner, Katie Doron, Caren Charles and Kelly McCurdy were second, and Noblesville’s Taylor Bowles, Tiffany Cange, Alex Kacer and Kyleigh Turk were third.

The county also did well in the girls distance medley as Westfield won with Bingham, Ehrman, Elyse Estridge and Kaitlyn Love; Carmel was sixth with Kelly and Kayla McCurdy, Alexis Owens and Lauren Waterman and Noblesville pulled up 10th with Bowles, Jalynne Foley, Erica Watson and Jessica Gentry.

In the boys 4x800, Carmel’s Logan Rosenberg, Stafford Brunk, Zach Morris and Kevin Courtney were ninth.     

Noblesville’s boys 4x400 relay foursome of Zach Birge, Alex Edwards, Jake Waterman and Jason Monks finished sixth.
Carmel’s boys won the distance medley with Rosenberg, Joe Rippe, Morris and Jake Rich.

In the field events, the county did well as Westfield’s Sarah Kinnaman placed seventh in the girls pole vault; Carmel’s Ashley Dixon was 13th in the girls high jump; Carmel’s Brandon Leap-Hall won the boys long jump; Noblesville’s Stacie Muir was 13th in the girls shot put and Noblesville’s Hiatt was seventh in the shot.

Many of these athletes are back this season, so it should be a terrific spring for Hamilton County track and field.