Blue River’s Bryanna Graat finished 11th in the 400 meters and Wes Del’s Beatrice Kutis placed 16th in the 800 meters in the IHSAA girls state track and field meet on Saturday in Bloomington.
Warriors’ coach Charlie Sims said Kutis’ time of 2:18.14 was a second slower than her personal record, but he wasn’t disappointed at all with her performance.
“She hasn’t been pushed much all year, so we wanted to see what she’d do against this caliber of competition,” Sims said. “She’s a very realistic and down-to-earth girl and she just absorbed the moment.”
The 800-meter field was especially strong this year, evidenced by two runners breaking the state record from 2011. Brittany Neeley of Eastern (Greentown) ran 2:07.91 beat the previous mark by a full second. Greencastle’s Colleen Weatherford also bettered the state mark with a 2:08.76 and finished in second place.
Graat’s time of 58.82 was less than three-tenths of a second slower than ninth-place finisher Nakilah McClendon from Lawrence Central, narrowly missing a spot on the podium.
Brionna Thomas of Fort Wayne Wayne won two events, repeating as champion in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash with times of 11.99 seconds and 24.30 seconds, respectively.