Three Indiana girls — Kya Crooke, Addy Wiley and Hadley Lucas — won national titles in high school track and field Sunday.
It was a busy weekend in the sport, featuring meets sponsored by Nike (Eugene, Oregon), New Balance (Philadelphia) and adidas (Greensboro, North Carolina).
Crooke, a Heritage Christian freshman, cleared 5 feet, 10 ¾ inches on her final attempt to win the high jump at Greensboro. That height would have won at the two other nationals, as well.
Crooke, second at the state meet, was just off the 39-year-old Indiana freshman record held by Norwell’s Angie Bradburn. Crooke’s previous best was 5-10. She became No. 9 on the all-time state list.
Wiley, a five-time state champion from Huntington North, won the 800 meters in 2:04.64 at Eugene. She ran evenly paced laps of 61.32 and 63.32. She, too, would have won at the two other national meets.
She was just off the state record of 2:04.40 she set last year at Seattle.
Wiley was coming off a national record of 4:26.16 in the 1,600 meters, set June 11 at Allendale, Michigan. The 800 was a tuneup for this week’s USA Junior Championships, also at Eugene, where Wiley will try to qualify in the 1,500 for August’s under-20 World Championships.
Lucas, a Bloomington North sophomore, won the shot put at 47-1 3/4 at Philadelphia.
>> Brownsburg hurdler John Colquitt and North Central sprinter Ramiah Elliott were chosen Mr. and Miss Track and Field by the Indiana track coaches’ association.
>> Cathedral junior Kailee Swart was sixth with a pole vault of 12-9 ½, best in the state this year, at Greensboro. Ten girls have vaulted 13 feet in Indiana history.
>> Valparaiso’s Kaylie Politza was fourth in the girls 800 in 2:07.22 at Philadelphia. She ranks No. 4 in Indiana history.
>> Hamilton Southeastern was third in the girls shuttle hurdles relay at Philadelphia in 1:02.11. Hurdlers were Makenzie Loftin, Mia Kemp, Elia Blackmore and Ally Elsbury.
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Indiana’s Kya Crooke, Addy Wiley win national high school track titles