INDIANAPOLIS – Ben Davis High School in Indy was the site of the 2021 boys state track and field championships Friday, replacing at least temporarily the campus of Indiana University-Bloomington.

Batesville fans had a lot to look forward to as senior Gabe Gunter was entered in the high jump competition while junior Benjamin Moster ran in the 1600-meter race and senior JJ Kuisel in the 400 later in the evening.

Seven jump competitors were eliminated when the bar was raised to 6-feet-2-inches, but Gunter remained among the final 20. Unfortunately, the Bulldog was out of the field by the time the height went past 6-4. Gunter cleared 6-2 on his first attempt but knocked the bar on each of his three tries at 6-4. He finished 14th overall. Kamyren Garrett of Lawrence Central took the state title by clearing 7 feet. In his last try, he attempted to break the 7-4 state record.

Moster would need an amazing personal race to medal in the 1600 as his seed time of 4:30.37 was 27th out of the 27-runner field. Moster finished Friday’s run in 26th after a 4:33.89 time. Corydon Central’s Camden Marshall won the race in a time of 4:07.31.

Kuisel was in the third timed finals of the 400 a little after 7 p.m. He couldn’t quite keep up with his seed time (49.51 seconds), racing around the track in 50.04. The finish was good for 16th among the 27 total racers. Owen Schafer of Carmel ran 48.36 to win the title. Milan’s Peyton Cavins ran the second heat and placed 25th (51.19).

Leo Maxwell of East Central found himself on the medal podium in both discus and shot put. He was 4th in shot after throwing 59-8; Tucker Smith of Columbus North set a new state record after a toss of 67-11.25. Maxwell, a junior, was second only to Warren Central’s senior Keon Perkin-Sullivan in discus. Maxwell spun it 175-4 and Perkin-Sullivan 179-9. Teammate Nathan Griffin was in the state’s 300 hurdles field, taking 24th in a time of 41.95. Carmel was team champ. Jacob Schatzle of Franklin County placed 13th in long jump (21-4.5) and teammate Hunter Tschaenn was 25th in the 100 (11.51)

EC’s Ellie Lengerich placed 7th in the 800 as the girls competed Saturday at Ben Davis. Her time was 2:13.77. Greensburg’s Brenner Hanna was 7th in the 1600 (5:00.41) and 18th in the 3200 (11:28.2). Jac-Cen-Del’s Cloey Simon finished 19th in 300 hurdles (47.46). Lengerich, Anna Graf, Rachel Campbell and Jorjia Ferguson were 25th in the 4x400 relay (4:07.83). Lengerich took 12th in high jump (5-4) and 17th in long jump (17-5.5). Emarie Jackson of Greensburg was 17th in shot (38-00.25). Cathedral edged Warren Central for the team title.