Tuerff gets her medal

Photo by Tim CreasonRiley Tuerff of La Porte took ninth in the 300-meter hurdles at Saturday's girls track state finals in Bloomington with a time of 45.2 seconds.

BLOOMINGTON — If not for one bad hurdle, Riley Tuerff might have stood higher on the awards stand at the girls state track finals Saturday night.

But you know what? She ran aggressively, she recovered well and she finished higher than she did a year ago in this same meet.

So, the La Porte senior is looking on her bright side.

“I’m very happy that I got my very first state medal,” said Tuerff, who finished ninth in the 300-meter hurdles at the Indiana University track. She clocked 45.2 seconds.

“I’m kind of upset that it wasn’t a better time. Compared to last week, we had better weather and better competition,” she said. “But hey, I’m on the (awards) stand, how can you not be happy with that?”

It was the third hurdle that got her. Seeded into the fast (championship) flight, Tuerff had a tremendous start and was actually leading the field over the first two barriers.

But she was moving so fast that by the third hurdle, she had to chop her step, leading to an awkward clearance and a momentary loss of momentum.

Others might have given up at that point, but Tuerff recovered and burned the curve, doing her best to catch anybody who might have blown past.

“I took it out a lot faster than I usually do, which sounds weird, and when I got (to the third hurdle), my left leg wanted to be the one to do it, so I just let it happen,” she said.

Ella Robinson of Zionsville finished best of all, clocking 42.05 for the win. It was the third-fastest championship time in state meet history.

Tuerff lost a little ground on the homestretch, but surged across the finish line a quarter-step behind Fort Wayne Northrop’s Dylan Kirkwood.

“I told myself (before the race) that if I messed up anywhere, I was just going to push harder,” said Tuerff. “I didn’t want people to get up on me, so after I wobbled it, I didn’t want to feel that I just let someone back into the race. I just pushed harder. It might have actually worked to my advantage.”

Tuerff also competed in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking 15.51 in her trial heat. She finished 19th in the prelims, with only the top nine reaching the finals.

“I was pretty upset with that,” she said. “I’m not sure what happened, but I’m not going to beat myself up too much.”

On the other end of the track, Michigan City’s Meghan Miller competed in the pole vault and had a good, but not great, day. She needed three tries to clear the opening height of 9 feet 6 inches and another three to get over 10-0.

She went out at 10-6 and finished 25th overall.

The 46th annual girls state meet will be remembered as one of the fastest-ever, with two state records falling and several others getting close.

Indianapolis Pike’s Elizabeth Stanhope won the 800 in a state-record 2:06.62 and led three others under the 2:10 mark, including Crown Point’s Maddie Russin.

The defending champ, Russin actually came out of the slow section to clock 2:08.23.

Indianapolis North Central won the 1,600-meter relay, clocking 3:43.99 to break the old state best by over three seconds. The second and third-place finishers broke the previous record as well.

Indianapolis North Central claimed the girls team title, outscoring crosstown rival Warren Central, 75-52.

46th ANNUAL IHSAA GIRLS STATE TRACK FINALS

At Indiana University track, Bloomington

TEAM SCORES (Top 25): Indianapolis North Central 75, Warren Central 52, Hamilton Southeastern 48, West Lafayette 42, Zionsville 30, Fort Wayne Northrop 26, Indianapolis Brebeuf 23, Lake Central 22, Center Grove 21, Indianapolis Pike 20, Carroll (Fort Wayne) 16, Lawrence Central 14, Brownsburg 14, Noblesville 14, Huntington North 13, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 13, Homestead 13, Merrillville 12, Franklin Central 12, Rock Creek Academy 11, Fishers 11, Perry Meridian 11, Rensselaer Central 10, Shenandoah 10, Lowell 9, Terre Haute South 9, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9, Ben Davis 9.

4 x 800 relay: 1, West Lafayette (Mary Schultz, Emma Tate, Alli Steffey, Ellie Tate) 9:03.37. 2, Hamilton Southeastern 9:16.44. 3, Penn 9:20.81. 4, Lowell 9:21.90. 5, Fishers 9:22.53. 6, Noblesville 9:22.67. 7, Evansville Reitz 9:22.71. 8, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 9:23.97. 9, New Palestine 9:26.90.

100 meter hurdles: 1, Chanler Robinson (Indianapolis North Central) 14.25. 2, K’Ja Talley (Warren Central) 14.29. 3, Jordenne Hudson (Andrean) 14.45. 4, Patience Sakeuh (Pendleton Heights) 14.62. 5, Dylan Kirkwood (FW Northrop) 14.63. 6, Kamrin Ricker-Hurley (Pike) 15.06. 7, Beth Barnes (Indianapolis Chatard) 14.84. 8, Olivia Utterback (Plainfield) 15.06. Jordan Yanders (Merrillville) DNF. … 19, Riley Tuerff (La Porte) 15.51.

100: 1, Semira Killebrew (Indianapolis Brebeuf) 11.63. 2, Tionna Brown (FW Northrop) 11.90. 3, Kiyah Yeast (Center Grove) 11.98. 4, Skylynn Blue-Williams (Indianapolis North Central) 12.04. 5, Alyssa-Simone Robinson (Indianapolis North Central) 12.05. 6, Taylor Herbert (Lawrence Central) 12.11. 7, Hanna Hearn (Indianapolis Brebeuf) 12.15. 8, Romella Bozeman (Merrillville) 12.35. 9, Prommyse Hoosier (Warren Central) 1:04.17 (leg injury).

1600: 1, Addison Wiley (Huntington North) 4:46.93. 2, Abigail Lynch (Brownsburg) 4:48.19. 3, Matiah Wehrle (Indianapolis Ritter) 4:57.56. 4, Jada Reedus (Franklin Central) 4:59.43. 5, Phoebe Bates (Carmel) 4:59.96. 6, Emma Tate (West Lafayette) 5:00.05. 7, Alyssa Skorge (Jasper) 5:00.45. 8, Maria Mitchell (Hamilton Heights) 5:00.48. 9, Morgan Dyer (Elkhart Memorial) 5:00.51.

4 x 100 relay: 1, Indianapolis North Central (Ramiah Elliott, Skylynn Blue-Williams, Alyssa-Simone Robinson, Jadeyn Maddox) 45.77. 2, Merrillville 48.98. 3, Hamilton Southeastern 47.41. 4, Zionsville 47.58. 5, Warren Central 47.72. 6, Indianapolis Pike 48.04. 7, Indianapolis Cathedral 48.12. 8, Fort Wayne Northrop 48.19. 9, Fishers 48.61.

400: 1, Ramiah Elliott (Indianapolis North Central) 53.30. 2, Lauren Thomas (West Lafayette) 54.92. 3, Amaya Turner (Wheeler) 55.09. 4, Taylor Herbert (Lawrence Central) 55.20. 5, Cierra Williams (Warren Central) 56.23. 6, Iyanla Hunter (Perry Meridian) 56.35. 7, Payton Gorman (FW Snider) 56.44. 8, Kaylee Lane (Elwood) 56.53. 9, Jordan Reid (New Palestine) 56.71.

300 hurdles: 1, Ella Robinson (Zionsville) 42.05. 2, K’Ja Talley (Warren Central) 42.90. 3, Tierra Sydnor (Hamilton SE) 43.93. 4, Kayla Brady (Lafayette Central Catholic) 44.16. 5, Mary Bea Sowinski (Indianapolis Chatard) 44.64. 6, Ayana Parchman (Lawrence Central) 44.73. 7, Reese Sanders (Indianapolis Cathedral) 44.75. 8, Dylan Kirkwood (Fort Wayne Northrop) 45.14. 9, Riley Tuerff (La Porte) 45.20.

800: 1, Elizabeth Stanhope (Pike) 2:06.62 (STATE MEET RECORD). 2, Maddie Russin (Crown Point) 2:08.23. 3, Julia Dvorak (Homestead) 2:08.50. 4, Abigail Lynch (Brownsburg) 2:09.83. 5, Ellie Tate (West Lafayette) 2:12.17. 6, Marissa Rivera (Culver Academies) 2:12.27. 7, Addison Wiley (Huntington North) 2:13.26. 8, Grace Dean (Lawrence North) 2:13.77. 9, Maria Mitchell (Hamilton Heights) 2:14.67.

200: 1, Ramiah Elliott (Indianapolis North Central) 23.67. 2, Semira Killebrew (Indianapolis Breubeuf) 23.97. 3, Skylynn Blue-Williams (Indianapolis North Central) 24.20. 4, Alyssa-Simone Robinson (Indianapolis North Central) 24.35. 5, Hannah Bargue (Perry Meridian) 24.49. 6, Kacyra Simmons (Ben Davis) 24.59. 7, Tionna Brown (FW Northrop) 24.59. 8, Jailyn Ross (Pike) 25.02. 9, Kiyah Yeast (Center Grove) 47.88.

3200: 1, Megan Hathaway (Carroll-FW) 10:30.84. 2, Katelyn Wasson (Zionsville) 10:31.05. 3, Erin Strzelecki (FW Bishop Dwenger) 10:35.63. 4, Abby Green (Carroll-FW) 10:38.18. 5, Lulu Black (Hamilton SE) 10:39.01. 6, Annalyssa Crain (Edgewood) 10:48.16. 7, Karina James (Lowell) 10:54.25. 8, Madeline Keller (Indianapolis Brebeuf) 10:56.05. 9, McKenna Cavanaugh (Christian Academy) 10:56.32.

4 x 400 relay: 1, Indianapolis North Central (Skylynn Blue-Williams, Chanler Robinson, Ramiah Elliott, Alyssa Simone-Robinson) 3:43.99 (STATE MEET RECORD). 2, Hamilton Southeastern 3:45.72. 3, Warren Central 3:47.16. 4, Zionsville 3:50.38. 5, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 3:55.60. 6, Bloomington North 3:56.28. 7, New Palestine 3:56.30. 8, Perry Meridian 3:58.13. 9, Evansville Reitz 3:58.51. (NOTE: Top three teams all broke previous state record of 3:47.37.)

High jump: 1, Shelby Tyler (Noblesville) 5-9. 2, Tacoria Humphrey (Warren Central) 5-8. 3, Isabella Jackson (Whiteland) 5-8. 4, Kelsey Bowlds (South Spencer) 5-7. 5, Khera Goss (Ben Davis) 5-6. 6, Naimah Slaughter (Rock Creek Academy) 5-6. 7, Taylor Schoonveld (Kankakee Valley) 5-5. 8, Haylea Crandall (Crawford County) 5-5. 9, Meleah Leatherman (Central Noble) 5-4.

Long jump: 1, Prommyse Hoosier (Warren Central) 19-9 ¾. 2, LaTreasure Johnson (Lake Central) 18-11 ½. 3, Naimah Slaughter (Rock Creek Academy) 18-7 ¾. 4, Claire Pittman (SB Washington) 18-7 ½. 5, Julia Riley (Center Grove) 18-7. 6, Jai Reed (Calumet) 18-5 ½. 7, Tierra Sydnor (Hamilton SE) 18-1 ¾. 8, Payton McHenry (Merrillville) 18-1. 9, Erica Xayarath (Fort Wayne Wayne) 17-9.

Shot put: 1, Erikka Hill (Shenandoah) 44-2. 2, Ashley Weatherly (West Lafayette) 43-6 ¼. 3, Makeda Ellis (Lake Central) 43-3 ¼. 4, Lily Grimes (Greensburg) 42-11 ¾. 5, Emily Bonser (Greenwood) 42-11 ¼. 6, Alaina Omonode (West Lafayette) 41-7 ¾. 7, Mercedes Rendell (Lawrence North) 41-5 ¾. 8, Lauren England (Terre Haute South) 41-1 ¼. 9, Markalah Barnes (FW Northrop) 40-6 ½.

Discus: 1, Hannah Redlin (Rensselaer Central) 143-3. 2, Kayla Truesdell (Jennings Co.) 137-9. 3, Lauren England (Terre Haute South) 136-8. 4, Cassandra Evans (Franklin Central) 134-7. 5, Makalah Barnes (FW Northrop) 132-3. 6, Madison Kauffman (Pioneer) 131-3. 7, Alaina Omonode (West Lafayette) 130-1. 8, Emily Bonser (Greenwood) 129-9. 9, Briyanna Robinson (Indianapolis North Central) 129-6.

Pole Vault: 1, Kennedy Drish (Hamilton SE) 12-9. 2, Taylor Jarosinski (Center Grove) 12-9. 3, Madison Rigg (Lake Central) 12-3. 4, Josephine Gery (Homestead) 11-9. 5, Alison Casey (Fishers) 11-9. 6, Sabrina Robison (McCutcheon) 11-9. 7, Tristan Barr (New Castle) 11-6. 8, Grace Huckstep (Western Boone) 11-6. 9, Maggie Burita (Churubusco) 11-6 … 25, Meghan Miller (Michigan City) 10-0.

MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD: Emma Tate (West Lafayette).

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