A contingent of talented sprinters leads Lafayette Jeff’s boys track and field team in pursuit of a ninth straight City/County Meet championship tonight at Scheumann Stadium.
Harrison will attempt to defend the girls team championship behind multi-talented sophomore Georgia Lawlor. She is one of several athletes seeded at or below City/County Meet record standards.
Lafayette Jeff senior Lucas Wallace already holds meet records in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. He’ll be pushed by teammates Matt Johnson in the 100 and Carl McQuay in the 200, and all three are expected to run on a 400 relay squad that set a meet record last season.
West Lafayette senior pole vaulter Malachi Baker is the top seed at 15 feet, 2 inches — well above McCutcheon grad Adam Johnson’s record of 14-01/2.
Lawlor was part of four championships last season, and comes in as the top seed in the high jump and the 100 hurdles. McCutcheon junior Elizabeth Burton’s top 400 seed time of 58.15 is more than a second lower than Harrison grad Linda Rausch’s record time in 1994 (59.34).
West Lafayette senior Bobbie Burgess enters with seed times well below the current records in the 1,600 (5:04.14) and 3,200 (10:37.16). Former Harrison runner Laura Bess owns the 1,600 record (5:12.08), while former Red Devil Jessica Gall is the 3,200 record holder (11:09.75).
West Lafayette senior Cailey Daluga, seeded first in the 800 (2:21.14), could challenge the record time of former Red Devil Lindsay Keazer (2:21.16).
Playing for Patrick
Central Catholic’s baseball and softball teams will both hold “StriKe out Cancer” benefits for their Wednesday home games. The games are dedicated to CC senior Patrick Mackey, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Both teams will wear orange shirts, socks and belts for the 5 p.m. games against Delphi (baseball) and Clinton Prairie (softball). “PatStrong” shirts, bracelets and other items will be available, as well as Igloo ice cream and lemonade.
All proceeds go to ease the financial burden for the Mackey family. Another recent fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus raised more than $10,000.