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Fast Times At Plainfield Sectional Highlight Thursday’s Action In Indiana

Story and Photos by David Woods for DyeStat

Indiana sprinters could not wait for the June 2 boys state meet to attack state records.

Plainfield senior Nayyir Newash-Campbell crushed the all-time record in the 400 meters and Brownsburg nearly did so in the 4×100 relay, both at Thursday night’s Plainfield Sectional. They came in successive events about 10 minutes apart.

Top three in each event from 32 sectionals automatically qualified for next week’s eight regionals.

Newash-Campbell’s time was 46.67 seconds, well under the 46.89 by Batesville’s Chris Geisting at the 2011 Midwest Meet of Champions. Only other sub-47 sprinters in Indiana history are Walter Monagan, Gary West, 46.93 at the 1981 AAU Junior Olympics, and Olympic bronze medalist David Neville, Merrillville, 46.98 at the 2002 Golden West Invitational.

Thus, Newash-Campbell, a Penn commit with a US#19, became the first Hoosier to run sub-47 as early as May. He smashed his sectional record of 48.19. His previous best was 47.45, set in winning last year’s state title at Bloomington, Ind. Newash-Campbell also ran 47.48 last month, and 47.46 twice last summer.

He was due.

So was Brownsburg’s sprint relay.

Deandre Cooper, Josh Handy, Caleb Heldman and Dominic Calhoun clocked 40.96, after previous times of 41.16 and 41.37. Indiana’s state record is 40.91 by Gary Roosevelt in 1982.

Calhoun, a junior, was a triple winner after sweeping the sprints in 10.80 and a state-leading 21.49. He and Handy (21.83) were 1-2 in the 200 ahead of Newash-Campbell (21.95).

Bode Gilkerson high jumped a US#6 7-0.25 (2.14m) to break a 45-year-old Plainfield record held by Greg Jones, who now coaches him. Gilkerson was the only 7-footer in the nation indoors.

Brownsburg made a case as a contender in DyeStat’s annual Dual Meet Championship Tournament. In a sectional featuring three of the state’s top six teams, the No. 1 Bulldogs scored 207 points to 104 for No. 3 Plainfield and 97 for No. 6 Zionsville. Brownsburg won 10 of 16 events, advanced to regional in 15 and went 1-2 in four.

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