BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – Howard County will be well represented at the upcoming IHSAA Boys and Girls Track and Field State Finals in Bloomington. Three girls and nine boys will make the trek to the campus of Indiana University, where the boys will compete on Friday and the girls on Saturday.
At the Warsaw Girls Regional, Northwestern sophomore Makala Pfefferkorn left her mark as she placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.11), third in the 300-meter hurdles (47.07) and third in the long jump (16-4.25). She will be joined by teammate Joan Easter, who placed second in the long jump (16-8.25).
At the Kokomo Boys Regional, the night belonged to Northwestern junior Tayson Parker and Kokomo junior Quincy Armstrong.
Parker, who finished the night as a triple winner, started the night with a thrilling win over Kokomo’s Steven Edwards in the 100-meter dash. Parker clocked a 10.7 to Edward’s 10.9 to avenge a sectional loss. Parker is seeded third on the State Finals performance list while Edwards is tenth.
Parker then won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.79 and is seeded No. 3 for the State Finals.
His third win came at the long jump, where he leapt 23-8.25 – more than 16 inches farther than the runner-up. Parker, who placed fifth at the state meet a year ago, is the second seed at state.
Armstrong was a double winner with both wins coming in the hurdles. He won the 110-meters with a time of 14.39 and the 300-meters with a time of 38.30 – nearly two second faster than second place. Armstrong will carry the No. 1 seed into the 300 and the No. 4 seed in the 110.
Other state qualifiers were the 400-meter relay team from Kokomo (second with a time of 43.17), Western’s Brayden Cornutt in the 3,200-meter run (second at 10:51.05), Kokomo’s Julian Wallace in the 800-meter run (third at 1:56.57) and Northwestern’s Evan Gaylor in the shot put (third with a throw of 51-6.75.