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Eagles finish indoor season well at HSR State Finals

Mar. 25—INDIANAPOLIS — For Zionsville senior Christian Barth, one of his main goals of the indoor track season was to set the school record in the 60-meter dash.

Not only did he do that in February, but in the process of working toward reaching that goal, Barth became one of the top sprinters in the state.

He showed that again on Saturday afternoon at the Hoosier State Relay State Finals, placing third in the 60-meter dash in a time of 6.86 seconds to be one of the highlights of the day for the Eagles.

"He came into this year wanting more and wanting to improve," Zionsville head coach Brad Rosebrock said. "He wanted to be faster. He came in before the first qualifier and said he wanted that record and I told he would have to earn it. He went out and did and has had a great indoor season."

Barth set the school record in 6.92 in late February, and lowered that mark throughout the winter, running a personal best 6.85 last week.

On Saturday, he shot off the blocks and was right there until the end, falling just behind Brownsburg's John Calhoun and Bloomington North's Jaidyn Johnson.

Later in the meet, Barth (along with Cam Mullens, Parker Rausch and Ben Shuster) placed third in the 4x200 relay in a time of 1:30.22.

Rosebrock said the strong finishes in indoor will hopefully carry over into the outdoor season for Barth.

"He leads by example," Rosebrock said. "He offers opinions and gives ideas, but doesn't question our coaches. He just puts on his hard hat and goes to work. That's a big testament to how much he has improved."

The Eagles best finish of the day came in the 4x800 relay.

The team of Jack Turnbull, Dominick Dell, John Bailey and Evan Mayo placed second in a time of 7:53.91, a school record for indoors.

The only team that beat them — Bloomington North — ran the fastest time in the country this winter.

"All of their success over the last couple of years in track and cross country — you are starting to see the culmination of work they put in," Rosebrock said. "They are doing a fantastic job."

Sam Spees also placed for the Eagles, placing seventh in the 3,200 meter run in a time of 9:18.27.

Fin Essley was 12th in the shot put in 49-09, Mason Nicholson was 23rd in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.82, the boys DMR of Dell, Seth Copner, Elijah Bineyard and Turnbull placed 20th in 10:56.30 and the 4x400 team placed 19th in 3:33.53.

The Eagles placed tied for third as a team.

"We were able to show off some of the depth of our team," Rosebrock said. "We were right up there at the top and I am very pleased with our indoor season and how it sets us up for the outdoors."

Girls

They only ended up with one event on the podium, but it was also a fantastic day for the girls team at the HSR State Finals.

Their were plenty of personal bests, and the team is feeling good about where they are at heading into the outdoor season.

"Today was better than I could have hoped," Zionsville head coach Cam Adkison said. "We had great performances from our 4x800, our 4x200 may have surprised themselves a little bit, and we had some good finishes in individual events. It was a great conclusion to the indoor season."

The top performance for the Lady Eagles came from the 4x800 team.

The team of Mackinsey Heagy, Katherine Bowen, Anwesha Mishra and Katy Green placed fourth in a time of 9:28.06. Green's final split of 2:14.60 was the third fastest in the field.

The 4x200 relay team of Omema Anyanwu, Moriah Henry, Lauren Thomas and Alana Day improved their seed by a substantial amount, finishing in ninth in a time of 1:45.14.

Laurel Powell was 16th in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 9:51, Anyanwu was 12th in the 60-meter dash in 7.81, and Megan Whinnery was 20th in the shot put in 33-02.25.

"I think today really showed the girls what they can do and what they're capable of doing the rest of the spring," Adkison said. "I think this fuels the fire and amps them up even more. We are working together, we are improving, and we are getting better every day and every week. I am excited for the outdoor season."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.