It was a night of drama and intrigue. Of PRs and disappointments. Of school records and Regional wins. Of athletes giving every last ounce of effort, and coaches on their phones to see if their 4th place finisher would get the call back to state.
In short, a typical IHSAA Lafayette Jefferson Regional.
When the smoke cleared, the Westfield Boys track team walked away with its best Regional finish ever in the strongest regional in the state, finishing 3rd to the #1 and #2 ranked teams in Indiana.
The Shamrocks had many outstanding performances, qualifying all three relays for the first time in school history (in fact, qualifying both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays for the first time ever), as well as 5 individuals.
The 4×800 meter relay of Desmond Herrell, Jacob Mears, Aaron Bennett, and Nick Leahy qualified for State by running the standard. The 4×100 of Evan Manley, Chris Zolto, Dorian Henson, and Nolan Rodgers was the 1st call back, and also broke the school record in that event, and the 4×400 of Peyton Haack, Dainon Wray, Justin Mamaril, and Bennett will also qualify with a call back. Bennett (800), and Manley (200) each qualified by finishing 2nd in their events, while Mamaril qualified with a 3rd place finish in the 300 hurdles.
Two special performances were turned in by Peyton Haack, who broke one of the Shamrocks’ oldest records, pole vaulting 14′ 3″ to finish 4th and get a call back, and Dainon Wray who was the Regional Champion in the 300 hurdles.
The IHSAA Boys Track and Field Championships are next Friday, June 2, at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field complex at Indiana University in Bloomington.