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By David Woods for DyeStat

In a half-century of Indiana girls track and field, no one has won four individual events in one state meet.

It would be improbable for Kya Crooke to do so. Neither can it be ruled out.

Crooke, a sophomore at Heritage Christian of Indianapolis, won four events Tuesday night in one of 32 sectionals held statewide. Top three in each event automatically qualified to one of next week’s eight regionals.

The one-day, one-class state meet is June 3.

At Lawrence Central, Crooke clocked 12.15 in the 100 meters and 44.96 in the 300 hurdles, long jumped 19-2 and high jumped 5-4.

Among sectional marks, she ranks fourth in the 100, third in the 300 hurdles, first in the long jump and fourth (tied) in the high jump. The latter is deceptive because she leads Indiana with a mark of 5-10, and she has twice jumped to national high school titles, including Nike Indoor Nationals in New York in March. She once won a national age-group title in the heptathlon.

Crooke’s hurdles race was her first of the year, so without a seed time, she ran in the slowest section. She would be an underdog in the 100 meters, but only three girls have broken 12 seconds all season and the event lacks a favorite.

Based on nine-place scoring from sectional marks compiled by Indiana Runner, Noblesville would win the state championship with 48 points. Next: Carmel 46 (with 27 in relays), top-ranked Warren Central 40, Bloomington North 38, Park Tudor 33.

Of those five teams, only Bloomington North won a sectional.

Other sectional highlights:

>> At Lawrence Central: Only athlete busier than Crooke was Park Tudor senior Gretchen Farley, who tripled in a span of about 45 minutes. After a sectional record of 2:09.24 in the 800, the Notre Dame signee had a 10-minute rest before the 3,200, in which she was third in 10:59.14. Ten minutes after that, she ran a 56.2 second leg for a 4×400 relay that advanced in third. Farley climbed to 10th on the all-time state list, behind sister Abby, whose 2:08.91 was a state record in 2011. Sophia Kennedy, also of Park Tudor, anchored the 4×400 in 62.38 after a 4:55.16/10:30.47 distance double. In the 3,200, the Stanford signee ran the second 1,600 in 5:08.96. Sidney Sanders’ 57.27 anchor brought Cathedral from behind to win the 4×400 over Bishop Chatard, 3:58.38 to 3:58.40. North Central beat Chatard 117.5-102.5 for a ninth successive sectional title.

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