CONNERSVILLE, Ind. – Nate Trawick learned the name Doug Epps earlier this year, and regardless of any accomplishments he makes, the Richmond High School senior won’t be content until people know his name, too.
They know it around the state of Indiana from his football, wrestling and shot put performances.
On Thursday, he guaranteed his name would be on the Connersville sectional program for years to come.
The three-sport standout won a second straight IHSAA sectional title in the shot put, setting a sectional record with a toss of 62 feet, 10 inches.
The throw is, to Trawick’s knowledge, the longest in the state and comes a year after the state championship throw went to Angelo Allen of Avon, who had a toss of 60-6.
The Richmond school record, owned by 1994 graduate Epps, is 63-1 according to Trawick.
“It’s good to get this sectional ‘W, but also I’ve just got to keep on pushing, because I’m trying to break that school record,” Trawick said. “I’m not going to be content until I break that school record and have that blue ribbon around my neck on the final day.”
Like Trawick, Jawan Claiborne is also a football player and Claiborne said he joined the track and field team this year to get better running form for the gridiron.
Claiborne claimed the sectional title in the 100-meter dash and the top three place finishers in each event qualified for the IHSAA regional at Connersville with an opportunity to advance to state.
“This is my first year running track and I feel blessed to have the speed,” said Claiborne, who ran an 11.26 while also qualifying with a third-place finish in the 200.
Timothy Stroud was third in the 800 as the Red Devils finished sixth as a team.
Rushville won the team title while Connersville was second and Hagerstown had the highest area team finish, coming in third.
The Tigers opened the night by setting a school record with a 3,200 relay finish of 8:32.08 by Jevon Osborne, Mason Bledsoe, Alec Hicks, Mathias Ritter.
Bledsoe (second in the 3,200) and Osborne (third in the 3,200) also qualified as individuals, along with teammates Dakota Roach (second in discus), Keeton Adams (second in shot put), Lucas Artman (second in 400) and Martin Block (third in high jump).
“It’s meant a lot to the school, it’s meant a lot to our track family and our coach especially,” said senior Ritter, who committed to run at IU East and helped the Tigers win TEC titles in track and cross country. “I know I didn’t move on in the 800, but like I told everybody, I’d rather have the school record in the 3,200 and take three other teammates than go on by myself.”
Jacob Stamm of Seton Catholic added to a historic Tuesday night performance by the Cardinal girls by winning titles in both the 1,600 and the 3,200, while Jack Brenneke won the 800 after recovering from back and arm injuries this season.
“Awesome,” Stamm said. “I had my first ever PR in a while now for over the season. I got down to 4:28, so that was really cool. In the 3,200 I was a little sore for that, but took off and had a good race.”
Brenneke said he recovered from a back injury and returned for one race before injuring his wrist. As he crossed the finish line for victory Thursday, he raised his arm to celebrate with a cast.
“I finally got cleared to run with my full cast and it felt great to be back on the track and I was really thankful to win,” he said.
Jacob Austerman (400) and Quest Schwab (200) of Northeastern also took home individual titles.
Schwab (second in 100), Dakota Green (third in shot put), Gabe Beatty (third in 1,600) and Tucker Shepherd (third in discus) also qualified as individuals for Northeastern, while Schwab, Austerman, Garrett Anderson and Hwan Yoon were second in the 400 relay.
“My main goal was to win the 1(00) and 200, I did really well in the 200, the 100 not as well as I wanted, but still qualified for the regionals, so I’m excited for those,” Schwab said.
Union County has qualifiers in Evan Felton (second in 800,) Breyden Wicker (second in 1,600), Isaac Bentley (third in 100 and third in long jump), along with the 400 relay team of Justin Beasley, Bentley, Bryan Lugo Lora and Luke Haas, who were third.
Brandon Dillman (second in 100 hurdles and third in 300 hurdles) and Austin Mavity (third in 400) qualified for Centerville, along with the 1,600 relay team of Mitchell Burelison, Dillman, Mavity and Dillon Odom.
IHSAA BOYS TRACK AND FIELD SECTIONAL
Team Results– 1. Rushville 141 ½; 2. Connersville 91; 3. Hagerstown 86; 4. Northeastern 69; 5. Union County 66 ½; 6. Richmond 50; 7. Centerville 46; 8. Seton Catholic 30; 9. Lincoln 18; 10. Tri 7.
3,200 relay– 1. Hagerstown (Osborne, Bledsoe, Hicks, Ritter) 8:32.08; 2. Connersville (Sherwood, Flowers, Keaffaber, Musselman); 3. Rushville, 4. Union County (Wicker, Elleman, Felton, Poe). High Jump– 1. Hallgarth (RUSH) 5-10; 2. Sullenberger (CON); 3. Block (HAG); T-4. Yager (RUSH), Beasley (UCo). Discus– 1. Hutchinson (RUSH) 137; 2. Roach (HAG); 3. Shepherd (NE); 4. Baumer (HAG). Pole Vault– 1. Keim (RUSH) 14-0; 2.Seals (RUSH); 3. Keaffaber (CON); 4. Sullenberger (CON). 110 hurdles– 1. Hallgarth (RUSH) 16.03; 2. Dillman (CEN), 3. Gonzalez (CON); 4. O’Brien (RICH). 100– 1. Claiborne (RICH) 11.26; 2. Schwab (NE); 3. Bentley (UCo). 1,600– 1. Stamm (SC) 4:28.89; 2. Wicker (UCo); 3. Beatty (NE); 4. Bledsoe (HAG). 400 relay– 1. Rushville 45.32; 2. Northeastern (Yoon, Austerman, Anderson, Schwab); 3. Union County (Beasley, Bentley, Lugo Lora, Haas); 4. Connersville (Stamm, Gonzalez, Hazelrigg, Herron). 400– 1. Austerman (NE) 50.72; 2. Artman (HAG); 3. Mavity (CEN); 4. Caldwell (CON). 300 hurdles– 1. Gonzalez (CON) 40.87; 2. Hallgarth (RUSH); 3. Dillman (CEN); 4. Burelison (CEN). 800– 1. Brenneke (SC) 2:03.48; 2. Felton (UCo); 3. Stroud (RICH); 4. Musselman (CON). Shot Put– 1. Trawick (RICH) 62-10; 2. Adams (HAG); 3. Green (NE); 4. Pennington (RICH). 200– 1. Schwab (NE) 22.92; 2. Beavers (RUSH); 3. Claiborne (RICH); 4. Caldwell (CON). Long Jump– 1. Keim (RUSH) 20-10; 2. Valentine (RUSH); 3. Bentley (UCo); 4. Lugo Lora (UCo). 3,200– 1. Stamm (SC) 9:58.27; 2. Bledsoe (HAG); 3. Osborne; 4. Kirchoff (RUSH). 1,600 relay– 1. Rushville 3:31.31; 2. Centerville (Burelison, Dillman, Mavity, Odom); 3. Connersville (Caldwell, Stamm, Gonzalez, Musselman); 4. Northeastern (Yoon, Austerman, Schwab, Vick).