BLOOMINGTON – With the sky as the limit, Bedford North Lawrence’s Lane Hawkins finished his track career with a medal around his neck and an invitation to compete with the elite.
Hawkins sailed over 6-foot-7 and finished ninth in the state in the high jump during the IHSAA finals at Indiana University on Friday. The top nine in each event are honored on the podium and awarded medals.
Hawkins, who set the school record of 6-8 twice this season, couldn’t hit that mark in three attempts while bowing out. Western Boone’s Logan Benson won the title with a leap of 6-9.
“Obviously I’m kind of disappointed, but I can’t be too disappointed,” Hawkins said. “I didn’t reach the 7-foot mark this year, which is aggravating, but the day went well. All my jumps felt good so I can’t do much more than that.
“I had high expectations but the height just wasn’t there today. I was consistent but it just didn’t happen like I wanted. That’s how it goes sometimes.”
Hawkins, the third seed, started slowly, clearing 6-6 and 6-7 on the final of his three jumps.
“Part of what got him, with so many people in the meet, was so much standing around,” BNL coach Brett Deckard said. “That affected him some, getting stiff. But his goal was to get on the podium. Like he said, he only jumped one inch lower than his record, so it wasn’t so bad.”
Hawkins also earned an invitation to compete with the Indiana All-Stars in an elite meet with Ohio and Michigan next week at Michigan State University.
“I’m pretty excited,” Hawkins said. “I think that will be neat, another good experience to get under my belt. It will be the same intensity as the state meet and some of the meets I will compete in during college, so I might as well get used to it. I will compete and do my best.”
BNL’s 400 meter relay team of Jamey Deckard, Drew Shoufler, Landon Grissom and Wyatt Martin (seeded 26th in 44.03 seconds after a runner-up conclusion in the regional) did not finish their heat race after failing to pass the baton on the first exchange.
“They just tried too hard,” Deckard said. “They were upset and disappointed, but they finished their careers at the state finals. Where else could they finish? Even if they ran their fastest, they weren’t going to compete with some of those other teams up there.
“Overall it was a great day.”
Elijah Grider, seeded 24th in the 300 low hurdles at 40.63, finished 26th in 41.1.