BLOOMINGTON — Maddy Fields went into Saturday’s Girls Track and Field State Finals tied for the No. 20 seed in the pole vault, but that didn’t stop her from chasing a medal.
The Brown County senior equaled her personal best with a vault of 11 feet to finish in a tie for eighth. The top nine score and earn medals.
“I saw on the seed list that 11-0 was around ninth place, and I thought, ‘Well, I know I can get 11, but can I get it clean (without any misses)?’” Fields said. “I kind of had an idea that maybe that would happen. I’m really happy that’s how it ended up.”
Fields made the opening height of 10-0 on her first try. Then, she made 10-6 and 11-0 on her first tries, as well, before missing her three allotted attempts at 11-3.
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Fields, who will pole vault for Indiana State, was making her first appearance in the state meet.
“It was a little intimidating at first, but I think it’s really cool and a good opportunity,” Fields said.
While Fields was the Eagles lone girls state qualifier, they had a individual and relay team in Friday’s Boys Track and Field State Finals. Junior Wyatt Wyman, senior Job Lawson, sophomore Jackson McPheeters and junior Isaiah Keefauver finished 12th in the 4×800-meter relay in a school-record 7 minutes, 54.93 seconds.
All four runners turned in splits below 2:00 for Brown County, which broke the school record it set in the regional by more than four seconds.
“Just to watch our team compete really well is amazing,” Wyman said. “We came here and showed what a little school can do.”
Wyman also finished 14th in the 800 in 1:58.46.
“It’s just so fun to be here,” Wyman said. “To experience this is amazing.”