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TRACK: Stars to chase tickets to state finals

Micah Wagner

Micah Wagner

Megan Lambrecht

Megan Lambrecht

Lambrecht, BNL boys relays

in position to qualify for state

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Megan Lambrecht has beaten herself up, playing two power-based sports simultaneously this spring, and she would not recommend her double-dip with softball and track be duplicated.

All her aches and pains will be worth it if she qualifies for the state finals during the IHSAA track regional at Bloomington North on Tuesday night. Lambrecht and three BNL teammates will battle for berths in the state championship at Indiana University on June 3.

The top three in each event will advance, and Lambrecht is positioned to challenge for one of those coveted spots. While her softball teammates are busy facing New Albany in the sectional semifinal at Seymour, she will compete in the shot put, seeded fourth in the field of 12.

Lambrecht’s seeding is based on her sectional effort of 36-2, but that’s misleading. The sectional at Jennings County took place on a rainy, cold, miserable night, and everyone’s times and distances suffered. If Lambrecht’s seed were based on her season best (a school record 37-11), she would be second.

“It definitely affected me,” Lambrecht said. “The shot was wet, and you’re miserable. I was soaked from head to toe.”

Lambrecht split time between slugging a softball and hurling the heavy ball. After softball, she would stay to work on the shot technique “until I felt like I accomplished something,” she said. That extra-work strategy paid off. She has accomplished a lot, and she’ll be gunning to break the 38-foot mark.

“There are three people (in the regional field) I’m really concerned about,” she said. “If I can beat one or two of them, I’ll be OK. It would be great to qualify for the state, it would be an opportunity to see what it’s like.”

The rest of the Stars will have to make major moves to crack the top three in their events. Mikaela Rainey, who finished third in the sectional in the discus, is seeded sixth (105-1). Carrie Flinn, fighting through the aggravation of a nagging calf injury, is seeded 12th in the 3200 (12:59.79), and Sarah Brewster is seeded 11th after a runner-up finish in the sectional in the 200 (27.97).

“I have to go beyond that,” Rainey said. “I have to make sure I keep a good attitude, not let the competition get to me.”

The BNL boys contingent will compete in the regional at North on Thursday.

BNL’s foursome of Isaac Kuehn, Alex Adams, Garrett Flinn and Micah Wagner will be the top seed in the relay 400 relay after setting a sectional record in 43.56, breaking the mark of 44.03 set by the Stars in 2013. That same quartet will be the second seed in the 1600 relay in 3:26.12.

Wagner will also be seeded fifth in the 100 meter dash in 11.41, while Adams is sixth in the 400.

BNL’s Justin Sims is seeded sixth in the 110 high hurdles (15.56), and Logan Cooper is 12th in the 300 hurdles (42.69).

The boys state finals are set for June 4.