Matt Riehle and Megan Cole represent schools at state finals
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Milan and South Ripley schools were duly represented at the 2019 IHSAA Track & Field State Finals, held at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, Indiana University, Bloomington, on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. For boys, it was the 116th annual state finals competition, while it was the 46th annual event for girls. Over the same weekend, the sixth annual Unified Track & Field State Finals were also held.
Matt Riehle, regional champion in the 400 meter dash, ran a time of 49.95 to earn a 15th place finish in a field of 27 competitors. The 400 meter dash was a single race, held over three heats, with no preliminary round. Riehle’s time was just four-tenths of a second slower than his regional race. Riehle’s time equates to him traveling at a speed of about 18 miles per hour.
Milan track & field coach Kevin Dines commended Riehle not only on his state finals performance, but on his team leadership as well: “Matt has been a leader for the Milan track program for the last two years. [His] hard work and dedication pushed him into the state finals this year.”
In addition to his athletic success, Riehle was recently installed as the president of Milan’s chapter of the National Honor Society.
Jahn Riley of Pike was crowned as the 2019 400 meter dash champion, finishing in a time of 47.53 seconds. The state record was set in 2002 by David Neville of Merrillville when he finished in 46.99 seconds.
Megan Cole, regional champion in the 3200 meter race, ran a time of 11:32.28 to earn a 22nd place finish in a field of 27 competitors. The 3200 meter race was also a single final with no preliminary round. Cole’s time was just a bit slower than her regional time of 11:11.17 and sectional time of 11:23.65.
In the state finals, Cole averaged a per lap pace of about 1:27, and a mile pace of 5:48. That means she ran the distance of nearly two miles at a speed of 10.34 miles per hour.
“Megan ended her season on a positive note,” South Ripley track & field coach Jim Cole wrote, adding, “She is proof of what hard work, dedication, a positive attitude, and a love for a sport can produce.”
Coach Cole was excited to announce that Megan’s season is not actually finished yet, as she was selected to compete on the Indiana All-Star track team. A meet is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 8 at Michigan State University consisting of Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan all-star teams.
Megan Hathaway from Carroll won the 3200 meter race in a time of 10:30.84. The state record was set in 2015 by Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka when she finished in 10:11.20.
Ripley County was also represented at the state finals by Batesville High School’s Adam Moster. In the 800 meter race, Moster placed eighth in a field of 27 racers, finishing in a time of 1:55.02.
Cathedral’s Cole Hocker, who was also the 2018-19 boys cross country champion, won the 800 meter race with a time of 1:51.75. Center Grove’s Austin Mudd holds the Indiana state record. He ran the race in 1:49.25 in 2011.
In boys team results, North Central (Indianapolis) brought home the IHSAA State Championship trophy. Pike placed second and Warren Central third.
In girls team results, North Central (Indianapolis) also brought home the championship trophy. Warren Central placed second and Hamilton Southeastern third.
After her all-star meet this weekend, Cole will look forward to running for Northern Kentucky University, where she will attend college this fall. Riehle still has his senior year at Milan to look forward to in the fall.