The final two laps of Luke Bertolet’s high school athletics career are going to include a whole lot of strategy and very little subtlety.
Bertolet has 800 meters to cover at today’s IHSAA Boys Track and Field State Finals — an engraved invitation for the Greenwood senior to lift what’s already a respected reputation in track and field circles to new and exciting levels.
Seeded fourth based on the 1:55.45 he ran in dominating the competition at last week’s Connersville Regional, Bertolet, who is undefeated in the 800 this spring, understands he’s one fabulous effort from contending for the top spot on the awards podium.
“There are different ways to run the 800. You want to go out fast and get your position, especially at state,” said Bertolet, who also runs cross-country for the Woodmen. “At regional I knew I was seeded first and wanted to come out fast and run a 55- or 56-(second) first lap, and I did that.”