Five things to watch in the 112th boys state track and field meet, which is Friday at Bloomington:
REDEMPTION FOR CARMEL?
The Greyhounds have won more than 100 state championships, but only one in boys track. Carmel was on the brink of another last year but dropped the baton in the closing 1,600-meter relay, thus finishing second to Gary West Side 41-39.
“Any time we got a little lax, I just reminded them of how close we were,” Carmel coach Ken Browner said. “That just seems to bring us back to where we need to go.”
Ben Veatch anchors Carmel’s top-ranked foursome in the 3,200-meter relay and is favored to win the 3,200 meters. Victories in those two alone would score 20 points, and Carmel doesn’t stop there: It has all three relays and eight individual qualifiers, including another No. 1 seed in sophomore Jalen Walker in the 300-meter hurdles.
Avon, led by a potential double winner in thrower David Schall, is ranked No. 1. Next are Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Fort Wayne Northrop and Warren Central.
Center Grove, which tied Avon tied for third last year, shouldn’t be counted out entirely. Neither should state indoor champion Ben Davis, which is seeded to score 19 points in the field, or onrushing Pike, which had a great regional.
HURRICANE IN FORECAST?
Brownsburg’s “Hurricane” Hari Sathyamurthy hasn’t lost on the track since finishing second in the 800 meters in 1:51.58 — fastest ever by an Indiana sophomore — at last year’s state meet. He dropped the 1,600 to concentrate again on the 800 and 1,600 relay, in which he anchored the Bulldogs to a state title last year.
He hasn’t run a fresh 800 all season, so his best is a modest 1:53.80. If Sathyamurthy can’t become the third in state history to run sub-1:50, he could threaten the junior record of 1:50.61 set by Center Grove’s Austin Mudd at the 2010 nationals. Mudd’s state meet record is 1:49.25.
Bloomington South senior Deakin Volz seems a near-certainty to increase his own state meet record of 17 feet, ½ inch. He set a national indoor record of 17-11¼, and he has the nation’s top outdoor vault, 17-8.
Beyond Volz is Frankfort’s Colton Crum, who set a freshman state record of 16-7 in a regional. Crum, 15, ranks fourth in the world among those age 17 or younger.
PROWELL RUNS FOR IPS HISTORY
Marshall senior Stoney Prowell is defending champion in the 400 meters. No Indianapolis Public Schools athlete has won back-to-back titles in that event since Manual’s Shirley Demming (1905-06-07) more than a century ago. And no IPS athlete has won back-to-back in any event since Washington shot putter Don Phillips (1968-69).
Prowell was No. 3 among regional times (48.83), trailing Merrillville’s Brian Sales (47.90) and Noblesville’s Jake Owens (48.64).
Prowell is also in the 200, in which he beat defending state champ Isaiah Thomas of Warren Central in a sectional.
INDIANA’S FASTEST BOY
Who is the hurryingest Hoosier? Winner of the 100 meters could be:
>> Winchester junior Kiante Enis, the latest football player to commit to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Enis, nephew of former Penn State star Curtis Enis, has the state’s fastest time this year, 10.53. He is seeded 19th after clocking 11.06 in his regional.
>> Cathedral senior Malcolm Dotson, who had the fastest regional time, 10.67.
>> Someone else? There is a cluster of contenders, including Thomas.
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BOYS STATE TRACK
When: Friday. Field events, 3 p.m.; 3,200-meter relay, 4:15; track prelims, 5 p.m.; track finals, 6:15.
Where: Haugh Track and Field Complex, Indiana University, Bloomington.