Brownsburg Relay Takes Down 41-Year-Old State Record A Week Out From State Meet
By David Woods for DyeStat
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In what looms as a potential historic state meet in Indiana, Brownsburg could be forgiven for not wanting history to repeat.
Bulldog boys finished second at state in 2021 and 2022. With 16 individual qualifiers – three each in the 100 meters and shot put — and all three relays advancing to state, they are poised to climb one rung June 2 at Bloomington.
On a night in which Cody Johnston vaulted a US#2 17-6 and Jasiah Rogers ran 100 meters in 10.30, Brownsburg’s domination of Indiana’s strongest regional was the Thursday theme.
Coach Casey Popenfoose said it’s because those on Brownsburg’s team are unselfish in a sport that can create conceit.
“I don’t feel that with this group,” he said. “The group as a whole connects well. We care about the team.”
Deandre Cooper, Josh Handy, Caleb Heldman and Dominic Calhoun connected on exchanges to produce a state record of 40.88 in the 4×100 relay. It was jacket weather at the Lafayette Jeff Regional – temperatures in the 60s and winds from 10-15 mph – so Brownsburg could lower that record again. Heldman is the lone senior, too.
Previous state record of 40.91 by Gary Roosevelt had lasted since 1982. Brownsburg’s time is fastest in the nation outside California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Archbishop Carroll DC (40.81).
Brownsburg has kept the same foursome together, prefacing the record with 41.16, 41.37 and 40.96. In fact, its sprint corps is so deep five Bulldogs have met the 10.99 state qualifying standard in the 100 this spring.
Brownsburg, which had never won a regional until last year, beat runner-up Carmel 126-80. Defending state champion Plainfield scored 65 points, Zionsville 56 and Fishers 54.
If results assembled by Indiana Runner from eight regionals were scored. Brownsburg would have 64.8 points, Carmel 54, Plainfield 43 and Fishers 39. That’s right, the state’s top four teams all come from the same regional.
Based on the entire season, state meet records are in jeopardy in as many as eight of 16 events. Excluding introduction of metric distances in 1980, there have not been that many records since 1967.
The 40.88 was a regional record, as were Calhoun’s prelims of 10.46 in the 100 and 21.35 in the 200. (No wind readings were announced.) Calhoun, a junior, won finals in 10.48 and 21.43. His summary: five races, three regional…
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