Center Grove High School senior sprinter Grant Mason just got too hyped up in the 100-meter dash.
“Someone came to me to say, ‘Let’s go, the kid that ran next to me (Carmel’s Ryan Lipe) ran the 10.5 in the prelims,’” Mason said. “I was eager to run that 10.5 and I felt it was definitely possible with the conditions with the wind.”
But Mason, who had a personal best of 10.76 in the 100 prelims, left too quick and was disqualified by a false start.
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Mason rebounded to capture the 200 meters in a personal-best 21.78 seconds in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference meet Tuesday night at Warren Central High School. Mason won in convincing fashion over second-place Deangelo Mason of Lawrence North, who finished in 21.18.
“I definitely felt strong as that boost of adrenaline from the 100,” Mason said. “Coming down the end I was I picking up my knees, still driving. So I ran a PR in both events, so I can’t complain.”
The seventh-ranked Center Grove boys finished third in the meet with 84 points. Second-ranked Carmel won with 184 points, followed by North Central with 102.
“I think for the 200 I’m just going to keep getting faster, the same with 100,” said Mason, who will run for Lipscomb University next year. “This is definitely the beginning of the season for me.”
Mason was on the 400 relay team that placed fourth. The Trojans quartet of Logan Bontrager, Trevor Hohlt, Tyler Boyer and Matt Fleener was victorious in the 1,600 relay in 3:22.31.
Senior Christian Goines won the long jump in 20 feet, 7 inches. Goines placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the high jump.
“I’m thankful and blessed to come out here and compete at such a high level,” Goines said. “I was not seeded highly in the long jump, but I knew I could jump better than what I have been. I went out and tried to jump my farthest.”
Goines said he had hoped to win the hurdles.
“But I’m glad with how I ran,” said Goines, who will compete for the Indiana University track team next year. “I’m glad for the first-place guy (Warren Central’s Bryce Byrdsong). He ran a good overall race and I’m glad he ran as fast as he did.”
Byrdsong also is headed to IU as hurdler.
Fleener, a junior, placed third in the 400. Hohlt also earned a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles.
In the girls meet, the Trojans finished tied for third with Lawrence North with 74 points. Top-ranked Warren Central won with 140 points, followed by Carmel with 98.5. Trojans freshman Kiyah Yeast was second in the 100-meter dash in 12.17 and fourth in the 200.
Yeast was on the 400 relay team that placed third. Junior teammate Hailey Pennington was third in the discus.
Center Grove junior Haley Goines took second in the high jump, third in the long jump and fourth in the 100 hurdles. Senior teammate Val Clark placed fourth in the 1,600 run.