Glenn’s Schuman places ninth at state track meet
BLOOMINGTON — A couple hundred athletes competed at the IHSAA boys state track finals Friday night.
But there’s no question which was the most surprised medal winner.
“I really don’t know where that came from,” said Glenn junior Hunter Schuman, who broke his own personal best by over two feet to finish ninth in the shot put.
“I didn’t really expect to medal,” said Schuman. “I was just happy to be here.”
Competing in the first flight of the preliminary round, Schuman pitched the iron ball 54 feet, 6-3/4 inches before a full house at the Indiana University track in Bloomington.
That was good enough to get him into the finals, and good enough to get him a spot on the IHSAA awards stand.
Decatur Central’s Lukayus McNeil won the event with a 61-6.
“I’m surprised, because I don’t get a lot of coaching,” said Schuman. “I watch stuff on YouTube, mostly.”
The Falcon junior noted that he received some assistance from a rival coach.
“The Bremen coach watched me at a meet and he came over and gave me some pointers,” said Schuman. “I’m thinking that maybe I should go to a camp or something.”
Plymouth senior Adam Lacefield also competed in the shot put, but his day didn’t go so well. He reached 49-3 ¾ to finish 21st overall.
“I didn’t even break 50 feet,” said Lacefield, who added that he was not allowed to use his normal shot for competition. It was declared illegal during the weigh-in.
“Yeah, that was ridiculous,” said Lacefield. “It’s OK, the last few weeks have been pretty good.”
As expected, No. 1-ranked Lawrence North claimed its first boys state track championship, scoring 65 points. Lafayette Jeff was second at 49.
Warsaw finished fifth with 29 points. Warsaw’s Jacob Poyner finished third in the 1600-meter run and fifth in the 3200.