BLOOMINGTON — Is the glass half-full or half empty? Depends who you are.

If you are Michigan City senior Justin Wozniak, you couldn’t be happier to finish second in the discus at Friday’s IHSAA boys state track finals. You hit 177 feet, 2 inches in the process, breaking your own school record.

On the other hand, if you are fellow Wolves senior Ryan Stefanko, you are thoroughly unhappy about a third-place finish in the shot put, even though you had a decent effort of 56 feet, 8 inches at the Indiana University track.

“I came down here to win. I dedicated myself to winning and I came down here and had a bad day,” said Stefanko.

Wozniak, on the other hand, was full of adrenaline after reaching a new personal best on his sixth and final throw of the competition, moving himself up from fourth place.

“I just grabbed my discus and said, ‘Hey bud, let’s party,” said Wozniak, who at the end trailed only Indianapolis North Central’s Ethan Alyea, the winner with an 183-11.

After going through a mid-season slump, Wozniak says he finally found his groove on the right day.

“I was in a huge slump. I wasn’t doing very good in the middle of the year and I was really getting worried,” said the Wolves’ star. “I was having all kind of (technique) problems. Considering all that, I’ll take second.”

Wozniak hopes to continue throwing at Saint Francis (Fort Wayne) University, where he will play football.

For a short time, there was some question whether Stefanko would even make the finals. His first put was less than 50 feet and his second throw was a foul.

But on his last trial attempt, he reached 56-8, which guaranteed a medal. He then fouled on all of his attempts in the finals.

“Seeing 'Woz' getting second really wanted me to get at it,” said Stefanko. “But my first two throws weren’t good. I’m really disappointed. It will take a while to get this out of my head.”

Stefanko is headed to Grand Valley State University for throwing.

Thanks to the weights duo, Michigan City finished 17th in the final team standings, scoring 15 points.

Indianapolis North Central edged crosstown rival Pike for the team title, 42-41. Portage finished seventh as Trey Sebben of Portage was state runnerup in both the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles, while contributing to the fifth-place finish in the 400 relay.

La Porte and New Prairie did not score.

There was controversy in the 1600-meter run as New Prairie’s Jacob Corbett, the No. 3 seed in that event, walked off the track at the start. He did so at the direction of Cougars coach David Dailey, who felt Corbett would have a better chance in the 3,200-meter run, where he was also entered.

Athletes are required to scratch from events immediately after the regional.

Corbett and Dailey were summoned by IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox, assistant commissioner Paul Neiding and assistant commissioner Robert Faulkens, who pointed out that another athlete lost an opportunity to compete because of Dailey’s decision. Another athlete could have replaced Corbett if he had scratched at the proper time.

They reprimanded the coach and said there would be more sanctions against New Prairie later on.

Corbett went on to compete in the 3,200 but did not medal, finishing 10th in 9:20.14, which did break a long-standing school record.

La Porte’s Evan Nelson had a great day in the high jump, clearing 6-6 for another personal best, but that left him one inch short of a medal. (The ninth-place finisher cleared 6-7.)

Nelson ended up 15th on tie-breaking criteria.

Slicers senior Mitchell Gits ended his career with a 19th-place finish in the 3,200. He clocked 9:45.0.

Freshman Cole Raymond made the most of his opportunity. A late addition to the meet after another runner scratched, the Slicers frosh placed 18th in the 1600-meter run, clocking a solid 4:22.25, the top time by an LP freshman in the event.

116th ANNUAL IHSAA BOYS STATE TRACK FINALS

At Indiana University track, Bloomington

TEAM SCORES (TOP 25): Indianapolis North Central 42, Indianapolis Pike 41, Warren Central 27, Brownsburg 26, Hamilton Southeastern 26, Indianapolis Cathedral 26, Portage 25, Fishers 23, Franklin Central 20, Bloomington South 19, Ben Davis 18, New Albany 18, Northwestern 18, Evansville Central 17, Homestead 17, Carmel 16, Michigan City 15, Lowell 15, Lawrence Central 15, Avon 14, Terre Haute South 14, Valparaiso 12, Fort Wayne South Side 12, Oak Hill 12, Harrison (Lafayette) 11.

4 x 800 relay: 1, Fishers (Ethan Meyer, Hunter Christy, Drew Smith, Jaylen Castillo) 7:47.16. 2, Indianapolis North Central 7:48.67. 3, Indianapolis Pike 7:52.43. 4, Homestead 7:53.69. 5, Indianapolis Cathedral 7:54.24. 6, Westview 7:54.79. 7, Bloomington North 7:58.71. 8, Westfield 7:58.93. 9, Leo 8:00.24.

110 high hurdles: 1, Malachi Quarles (Franklin Central) 13.91. 2, Trey Sebben (Portage) 14.40. 3, Jalen Peterson (Avon) 14.44. 4, Ndubisi Eze (New Albany) 14.58. 5, Jakob Pearson (Carmel) 14.64. 6, Ronald Elliott (FW Wayne) 14.71. 7, Sammy Sommers (Oak Hill) 14.85. 8, Stenoree Allen (Lawrence Central) 15.25. 9, Jamyris Rice (Concord) 17.86.

100: 1, Jordan Hodge (Warren Central) 10.60. 2, Noah Malone (Hamilton SE) 10.73. 3, Tyler Thomas (Andrean) 10.76. 4, Michael Adams, Jr. (Ben Davis) 10.84. 5, Jalen Bowman (Evansville Central) 10.85. 6, Tayson Parker (Northwestern) 10.88. 7, Jahn Riley (Pike) 10.93. 8, Dimitri Nicholson (Chesterton) 10.96. 9, ShaiTrevon Sumpter-Bay (Brownsburg) 10.98.

1600: 1, Cole Hocker (Indianapolis Cathedral) 4:07.00. 2, John Gillard (Bloomington South) 4:13.56. 3, Luke Combs (Lapel) 4:13.70. 4, Wilson Zinkan (Bloomington South) 4:13.90. 5, Jack Kovach (Indianapolis Brebeuf) 4:14.25. 6, Ethan Meyer (Fishers) 4:14.58. 7, Austin Haskett (Edgewood) 4:15.10. 8, Caleb Beimfohr (Harrison-Lafayette) 4:15.48. 9, Brennan Butche (Mississinewa) 4:17.02 … 18, Cole Raymond (La Porte) 4:22.25 … Jacob Corbett (New Prairie) DNF.

4 x 100 relay: 1, Warren Central (Elijah Price, Roman Purcell, Jordan Hodge, Tylan Shannon) 41.40. 2, Ben Davis 41.56. 3, Brownsburg 41.75. 4, Hamilton Southeastern 41.92. 5, Portage 41.93. 6, Indianapolis North Central 41.95. 7, Harrison (Lafayette) 42.24. 8, Lawrence Central 42.32. 9, Indianapolis Pike 42.36.

400: 1, Jahn Riley (Pike) 47.53. 2, Matthew Hanlon (Crown Point) 47.89. 3, Brett Otterbacher (Valparaiso) 48.16. 4, Micah Camble (New Albany) 48.18. 5, Daunte O’Banion (Madison) 48.59. 6, Tahj Johnson (Oak Hill) 48.60. 7, Damian Clay (Indianapolis North Central) 48.79. 8, Preshawn Boyd (FW South Side) 48.79. 9, Johnathan McGlothlin (Edgewood) 49.19.

300 intermediate hurdles: 1, Malachi Quarles (Franklin Central) 38.10. 2, Trey Sebban (Portage) 38.15. 3, Jalen Peterson (Avon) 38.604. 4, Quincy Armstrong (Kokomo) 38.606. 5, Deveren Rayner (Lawrence Central) 38.75. 6, Chris Flick (Carroll-Fort Wayne) 39.07. 7, Sam Hohlt (Center Grove) 39.11. 8, Colton Parker (Carmel) 39.16. 9, Steven Burkhart (South Knox) 39.35.

800: 1, Cole Hocker (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1:51.48. 2, Gabriel Sanchez (Lowell) 1:51.723. 3, Dustin Hudak (Lowell) 1:51.727. 4, Luke Griner (Wawasee) 1:52.89. 5, Carson Bakker (Covenant Christian) 1:53.12. 6, Mitch Curl (West Lafayette) 1:53.40. 7, Caleb Beimfohr (Harrison-Lafayette) 1:53.92. 8, Adam Moster (Bartesville) 1:55.02. 9, Andrew Anderson (Noblesville) 1:55.32.

200: 1, Noah Malone (Hamilton Southeastern) 21.307. 2, Jahn Riley (Pike) 21.309. 3, Jordan Hodge (Warren Central) 21.35. 4, Tayson Parker (Northwestern) 21.755. 5, Jalen Bowman (Evansville Central) 21.757. 6, Zaimar Burnett (Marion) 21.87. 7, Tyler Thomas (Andrean) 22.10. 8, Pierce Thomas (Brownsburg) 22.14. 9, Gage Pratt (Hamilton Southeastern) 22.36.

3200: 1, Jesse Hamlin (FW Snider) 9:04.69. 2, Caleb Futter (Christian Academy) 9:06.58. 3, Reece Gibson (FW Concordia) 9:07.88. 4, Ryan Ruppert (Homestead) 9:09.40. 5, Ian Shaw (Bloomington South) 9:09.56. 6, Alex Frey (Indianapolis North Central) 9:12.55. 7, William White (Harrison-Lafayette) 9:14.08. 8, Jack Kovatch (Indianapolis Brebeuf) 9:15.23. 9, Jacob Wiggers (Hamilton Southeastern) 9:18.75 … 10, Jacob Corbett (New Prairie) 9:20.14 … 19, Mitchell Gits (La Porte) 9:45.00.

4 x 400 relay: 1, Fort Wayne South Side (Preshawn Boyd, Kaiden Long, Deamond Talton, Omar Jackson) 3:17.19. 2, Indianapolis Pike 3:18.19. 3, Indianapolis North Central 3:18.91. 4, New Albany 3:19.24. 5, Valparaiso 3:19.61. 6, Elkhart Central (Jacob Holt, Stalker Spencer, Kennath Davis, Kyran Pearson) 3:19.74. 7, Carmel 3:20.48. 8, East Chicago Central 3:20.75. 9, Noblesville 3:20.94.

High jump: 1, Logan Benson (Western Boone) 6-9. 2, Kevin Krutsch (Penn) 6-9. 3, Shane Glasco (Mishawaka) 6-9. 4, Kaymren Garrett (Lawrence Central) 6-8. 5, Garrett Voegerl (Southridge) 6-8. 6, Lawrence Mitchell, Jr. (Pike) 6-8. 7, Victor Dailey (Jeffersonville) 6-8. 8, Cain Hohne (Perry Central) 6-7. 9, Lane Hawkins (Bedford North Lawrence) 6-7 … 15, Evan Nelson (La Porte) 6-6.

Long jump: 1, Pierce Thomas (Brownsburg) 23-11 ½. 2, Tayson Parker (Northwestern) 23-10. 3, Kyle Stewart (Evansville Central) 23-6 ¼. 4, Quinten McTroy (Highland) 22-8 ¾. 5, Sammy Sommers (Oak Hill) 22-6 ½. 6, Dominic Day (Ben Davis) 22-4 ¼. 7, Montell Gardner (Indianapolis Tech) 22-2 ½. 8, Ben Vanderwall (North Newton) 22-2 ¼. 9, Desmond Wilkins-Maxwell (Elkhart Christian) 22-2 ¼.

Shot put: 1, Jason Swarens (Terre Haute South) 60-2 ½. 2, Tucker Smith (Columbus North) 56-9 ¾. 3, Ryan Stefanko (Michigan City) 56-8. 4, Ethan Alyea (Indianapolis North Central) 56-7 ¼. 5, Hayden Tobias (Fishers) 55-6. 6, Brandon English (Portage) 54-10. 7, Clay Dalton (Eastbrook) 53-4. 8, Wyatt Puff (Fishers) 53-2. 9, Tate Helm (Greenfield Central) 52-8 ½.

Discus: 1, Ethan Alyea (Indianapolis North Central) 183-11. 2, Justin Wozniak (Michigan City) 177-2. 3, Zack Dove (Princeton) 170-2. 4, Reis Thomas (Brownsburg) 170-2. 5, Liam Hesting (Columbia City) 167-5. 6, Jason Swarens (Terre Haute South) 161-9. 7, Christian Rios (Highland) 158-4. 8, Wyatt Puff (Fishers) 157-10. 9, Jaden Hayes (Southridge) 157-2.

Pole vault: 1, Nathan Stone (Lawrence North) 16-6. 2, Sam Wood (Churubusco) 15-9. 3, Riley Johnston (Hobart) 15-6. 4, Logan Sandlin (Carmel) 14-9. 5, Tyler Sierks (Homestead) 14-9. 6, Joe Painter (East Noble) 14-9. 7, Eric Wheatley (Borden) 14-9. 8, Devon Montgomery (Floyd Central) 14-6. 9, John Hutchens (Indianapolis Cathedral) 14-6.

IHSAA MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD: Malachi Quarles (Franklin Central).

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