These IHSAA Evansville Area Athletic Girls Head to State

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — All Madison Farmer needed was just three inches longer in her shot put.

It separated her between a state finals appearance in Indianapolis and her junior season in Harrison coming to an end.

But she fell short.

Farmer placed fourth in the shot put in the region last year and also earned a fifth place in the discus throw in the same competition. His senior season at Harrison ended on a slightly happier note, however.

Farmer finally earned his shot put and discus redemption at Central Stadium on Tuesday night,

She had less distance in her shot put this year with a 37-foot-1 throw, but she threw six feet more in her discus than in the previous regional. She finished third in the shot put and second in the discus.

Farmer felt relieved when she learned she was going to declare, something she has been training for years.

“I was super excited about the record, but I knew I still had to work to release it, so I didn’t get too excited,” Farmer said.

Farmer may have moved on, but according to Harrison’s trainer, Larry Rollins, his job is still not done. The goal is to win a medal in Bloomington.

“I’m pleased with the progress she’s made,” Rollins said. “But at the same time, we are now able to stand up and get on the podium.”

Rollins credited the extra work Farmer put into his training this year as the main difference to going state. Farmer realized she had the potential to be a state finalist and started working even harder towards that goal.

“Just that bit of salt in the wound (from not reporting last year) added fuel to the fire,” Rollins said.

Bosse's Alexia Smith pulls away from fellow runners to win the 400 Meter Dash during the IHSAA Girls Track & Field Regionals at Central High School's Central Stadium on Tuesday night, May 24, 2022.

Bosse’s Alexia Smith breaks another meet record and qualifies for two events

Alexia Smith continues to amaze.

A week after junior Bosse broke a section record in the 400 meters, she set the regional record with a time of 56.49 seconds. She also won the long jump with a distance of 18 feet 1 inch.

Her time improved from last week to this week in the 400, but Smith said she could be even better. She was even more excited for her teammate, Gerilon Kelly, who moved on with her in winning the 200 meters.

“We push ourselves every day,” Smith said. “So I’m not surprised she won today.”

Like Smith, Kelly has also had some impressive performances on the track over the past few weeks.

She placed third in City’s competition for the 200 and also finished second for the 100 in the same competition.

Kelly herself was surprised that she was going to declare for the 200.

“It felt good,” she said of her win. “I’m glad we’ll declare.”

Runners stay close in the 3,200-meter race during IHSAA Girls' Track and Field Regionals at Central High School's Central Stadium on Tuesday night, May 24, 2022. Floyd Central's Jaydon Cirincione won in 11:06: 29.

Jacqueline Brasseale of Memorial goes to the state for the last time

Memorial coach Brandon Artis was happy Brasseale got his ticket to Bloomington for the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races. Still, because of the injuries she has suffered, Artis’ aim for Brasseale is to compete but not be pushed too hard.

“She deserves it,” Artis said of Brasseale advancing to the state. “She works harder than anyone I know. And we’re just proud of her.”

The first time Brasseale entered the state was his freshman year. She ran in Memorial’s 4×400 and 4×800 meter relay teams, and the Tigers finished ninth and seventh, respectively, in Bloomington.

Memorial's Jacqueline Brasseale, center, competes in the 3,200-meter race during the IHSAA Girls' Athletics Regionals at Central High School's Center Stadium on Tuesday night, May 24, 2022. Brasseale finished in third place with a time of 11:33.15.

“I’m so grateful to the upperclassmen who made my freshman year so much fun,” Brasseale said of the experience. “It definitely boosted my love for racing.”

Brasseale returned to the state last year and finished in eighth place for the 1,600 meter race. Now in her final year, Brasseale is grateful to have made progress for the third time.

Brasseale will be missed by Memorial as they prepare for their final encounter. He will also miss the amount of preparation Brasseale puts into her encounters and the way her mentality and mindset motivate her teammates.

“She will be greatly missed because she is our leader,” Artis said. “She’s just very involved and her family is really very involved in our program. She leads by example. I don’t know what I’m going to do next year without her.”

“Every girl on the team has made this season so much fun,” Brasseale added. “I’m so grateful for all the lessons Memorial has taught me.”

Jaidn Green of North celebrates his team's victory in the 4x100 meter relay during the IHSAA Girls' Regional Athletics Championships at Central High School's Center Stadium on Tuesday evening May 24, 2022.

Courier & Press sports reporter Treasure Washington can be reached by email, Treasure.washington@courierpress.com, and on Twitter @Twashington490.

CENTRAL GIRLS REGIONAL TRACK

Team: Floyd Central 86.33, New Albany 70, Forest Park 43, Bosse 40, Castle 34, North 29, Reitz 28, Heritage Hills 27, South Knox 20, Signature 19, Gibson Southern 18, Memorial 18, Princeton 18, Tecumseh 17, Barr Reeve 17, Corydon Central 16, Harrison 14, Mt. Vernon 13.33, Jasper 13, Central 10, Wood Memorial 10, Pike Central 9, Boonville 8, Mater Dei 8, North Posey 8, Northeast Dubois 7, Providence 6, Vincennes Lincoln 5.33, Perry Central 5, Tell City 4, Rivet 2, Southridge 1

Individual winners

100: Amaya Royal (Castle) 12.42

200: Gerilon Kelly (Bump) 25.55

400: Alexia Smith (Bump) 56.49*

800: Savannah Liddle (Floyd Central) 2:20.21

1,600: Jaydon Cirincione (Floyd Central) 5:00.28*

3,200: Jaydon Cirncione (Floyd Central) 11:06.29

100 hurdles: Rachel Mehringer (Forest Park) 14.90

300 hurdles: Rachel Mehringer (Forest Park) 45.72

4×100 relay: North 49.51

4×400 relay: Reitz 4:09.51

4×800 relay: Floyd Central 9:30.82

Big jump: Josie Page (Wood Memorial) 5-06

Pole vault: Reece Davis (Floyd Central) 11-03

Long jump: Alexia Smith (Bump) 18-01

Shot put : Amelia Tandy (New Albany) 37-09

Disk: Hannah West (Mount Vernon) 117-03

*-new encounter record