Rushville looking for big year in track and field

Mar. 16—RUSHVILLE — Last year, Rushville had 11 Indoor Hoosier State Relay Qualifiers. Indiana All-Star and current pole vaulter for the Indiana State Sycamores, Cyndi Tush, led the way with a fourth place finish in the pole vault. Graduate Trenton Dyer led the indoor season for the boys in high jump, but all other HSR qualifiers return this season.

To date, the Lady Lions have three relay teams ranked in the top 24 in the state and Leonie Boyer is sitting 16th in high jump. Those in the Top 24 qualify for the state meet March 23.

In the 2023 outdoor track and field season, the Lady Lions were seventh at the EIAC Championships where they had only one champion with Cyndi Tush in the pole vault. Other all-conference performers looking to improve this year are Jenna Lawler second in shot put and fourth in discus, Gabby Pavey fourth in pole vault, Trisha Morgan eighth in both hurdle races, and Leonie Boyer fifth in the high jump.

"We hope to improve that placement this year as we add a very diverse and talented freshman class with Charlotte Caviness, Kelsey Morgan, Alayna Miller, Josie Corn, Melaney Mahan, and McKenna Norris," Coach Tush said.

The girls were second at the Connersville Sectional, and 17th at the Greenfield Regional. Sectional Champions were Cyndi Tush (PV), Jenna Lawler (shot, second in discus), and Trisha Morgan (300 hurdles). Along with Lawler and Morgan, other returners that will improve are Leonie Boyer (third in HJ, fifth in 200) Gabby Pavey (second in PV), Railyn Combs (seventh in 100, sixth in 200), Carly Senour (third in 400), and Mia Norvell (fourth in 800).

"All relay teams DMR, 4x400, 4x100, and 4x200 have already improved from last year. The talented freshman class will step up and fill our roster right out of the gate and support our returning regional qualifiers Lawler, Pavey, Morgan, Boyer, and Senour to make the Lady Lions in 2024 a force to not overlook," Coach Tush added.

The Lions, however, finished fifth in the EIAC in 2023 with graduating senior Trent Dyer leading them with a second place in the high jump. Returning, current senior Chase Woolf is back to defend and better his third place in the 100 and fifth place in the 200 meter dashes. Other returners that hope to improve their placing are Elijah Biggs seventh in the 800, Hunter Parmerlee sixth in the 2 mile, and Jacob Schwedenman sixth in the 110 hurdles.

The Lions were fourth overall at the Connersville Sectional and qualified two boys to the regional meet. Chase Woolf and Kaden Monroe represented the Lions at the regional meet at Greenfield in 2023.

Rushville hopes to get more through to the next round in 2024. Helping to reach that goal for the Lions is the addition of some key athletes. Senior Chase Woolf will continue to lead the Lions in the sprints with supporting cast Quinn Barada and freshman standout Malaki Knight. Knight will also help the Lions in the field in the long jump and in the long sprints/middle distance relays as well. Along with Knight, the Lions also added freshman Briggs Tackett to the pole vault and some new, talented upperclassmen to the roster to complete the team.

"We have had great numbers and great weather this preseason and have seen some tremendous improvements already. Both teams look to improve EIAC and sectional placing and continue to excel in the postseason," Coach Tush said.

Head coaches Holly Grizzell and Amy Tush expect to surprise a few teams this year on the track and in the field. Rushville home meets this season are scheduled for April 2, 9, 16, and May 1.

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