Cathedral runner runs fast 800/1,600 double in regional

David Woods, david.woods@indystar.com

Tireless sprinter Jahn Riley puts Pike in hunt for first boy state track title

Updated 11:57 pm EDT May. 23, 2019 Originally published 10:32 pm EDT May. 23, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – Jahn Riley sprinted 1,400 meters in the span of 2 ½ hours Thursday night. If he can do it again May 31, he can carry the Pike Red Devils a greater distance – all the way to their first boys state track and field championship.

Riley’s ironman quadruple allowed Pike to repeat as regional champion at North Central.


Jahn Riley, Pike High School

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The No. 2-ranked Red Devils edged No. 1 North Central 84-82, thanks to a victory in the closing 1,600-meter relay and Riley’s 48-second anchor leg.

No. 8 Cathedral was third with 74 ½ and No. 6 Ben Davis fourth with 69 in a regional featuring five of Indiana’s top eight teams.

Coincidentally, Riley is trying the same quadruple as another Pike sprinter, Lynna Irby, who came away with one girls team title (2015) in her four years.

Riley said he was disappointed by second in the 100 meters in 10.75 seconds ... but that was merely beginning. He won the 400 in 48.21, less than a tenth off the state’s top time this year, and the 200 in 21.62. Before that, he ran trials of the 100 and 200.

Ben Davis football player Mike Adam won the 100 in 10.71 but needed medical attention after an apparent injury from the 200.

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Riley said he has “never felt better” in a 400 even though he went out faster than usual.

“Honestly, my parents said, ‘Go hard or go home.’ So I’m definitely doing as much as I can trying to score points for our team,” Riley said. “But also trying to get myself noticed so colleges look at me."

Pike did not win any other major titles this spring – Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, Marion County, sectional (losing by a half-point to Ben Davis) – but has the firepower to make a state run.

Lawrence Mitchell was second in the high jump at 6 feet, 10 inches, equaling the state lead he shares with winner Kamyren Garrett of Lawrence Central. Pike’s time in the 1,600 relay was 3:19.96, second to Fishers’ 3:19.91 at Lafayette Jeff.

Pike, anchored by freshman Kalen Cummings, advanced to state in the 400 relay by finishing third in 42.48. Seven points in the pole vault from sophomores Malachi Clark (third) and Ross Gardner (eighth) pulled Pike ahead of the Panthers.

Pike athletes erupted in joy at midfield of the football turf after team scores were announced. Their second-year coach is Kenneth Franklin, who was formerly at North Central. Points will “spread out” at state, he said, and that could help Pike.

Elsewhere, Lawrence North pole vaulter Nathan Stone set a regional record of 17-0 ¾, off his national lead of 17-6.

Cathedral’s Cole Hocker, a national champion in cross-country, won the 1,600 in 4:11.62 and 800 in 1:51.75. Times were slower than regional records and his season bests, but it sets him up for what could be a memorable state meet. He aims at the state record of 4:03.00 in the 1,600 set by Center Grove’s Austin Mudd in 2011.

“I don’t see why I would limit myself not to do that,” Hocker said. “But I’m not going to set an exact time, just trying to run the best race I can.”

He came back in the 1,600 relay to run a 49.5 anchor for Cathedral, which was fifth.

Besides Hocker and Riley, a double winner was North Central’s Ethan Alyea at 58-7 in the shot put and 167-6 in the discus.

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>> At Lafayette Jeff: Hamilton Southeastern junior Noah Malone ran under para athletics world records in the 100 and 200, clocking 10.61 and 21.48. However, without a formal wind gauge, the times will not be ratified. Malone, who has a visual impairment, did break the 100-meter regional record of 10.63 set by Avon’s Isaac Guerendo last year. Malone is 28-0 this year. No. 3 Fishers won its first regional, beating Harrison 90-81. No. 4 Brownsburg was third with 80. Fishers’ Ethan Meyer won the 1,600 in 4:17.52. Brownsburg sophomore Pierce Thomas won the long jump at 23-7 ¼, was second to Malone in the 200 and ran on the 400 relay that posted the state’s top time, 42.00.

>> At Warren Central: Franklin Central’s Malachi Quarles won the 110 hurdles in 13.79, fastest in the state, and 300 hurdles in 38.70. Warren Central outscored Center Grove 81 ½-67 ½ to rule its 15th regional in 17 years. Warren’s Jordan Hodge won a sprint triple, taking the 100 in 10.65 and 200 in 21.91. He was also on the 400 relay team that won in 43.36.

Contact IndyStar reporter David Woods at david.woods@indystar.com or call 317-444-6195. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidWoods007. 

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Boys regionals

At North Central

Team scores – Pike 84, North Central 82, Cathedral 74 ½, Ben Davis 69, Lawrence Central 63, Tech 28, Mt. Vernon 22, Delta 21, Yorktown 19, Brebeuf Jesuit 18, Pendleton Heights 18, Lawrence North 14 ½, Cardinal Ritter 14, Winchester 13, Decatur Central 11, Perry Meridian 10, Bishop Chatard 16. (Twenty-eight teams scored.)

100 – 1, Mike Adams (BD) 10.71; 2, Jahn Riley (Pike) 10.75; 3, Curtis Richardson (Chatard) 10.92.

200 – 1, Jahn Riley (Pike) 21.62; 2, Lamar Echols Jr. (Pike) 22.11; 3, Dawan Langston (MV) 22.70.

400 – 1, Jahn Riley (Pike) 48.21; 2, Damian Clay (NC) 49.47; 3, Maurice Higgins (BD) 49.87.

800 – 1, Cole Hocker (Cath) 1:51.75; 2, Rodney O’Neal (Cath) 1:55.28; 3, Kehinde Oladop (Pike) 1:56.46.

1,600 – 1, Cole Hocker (Cath) 4:11.62; 2, Jack Kovach (Breb) 4:17.83; 3, Luke Combs (Lapel) 4:17.85.

3,200 – 1, Jacak Kovach (Breb) 9:26.93; 2, Nick Hruskoci (Cath) 9:28.95; 3, Alex Frey (NC) 9:33.46.

110 hurdles – 1, Stenoree Allen (LC) 14.85; 2, Cole Campbell (Winchester) 14.90; 3, Dona Fagnon (BD) 14.93.

300 hurdles – 1, Deveren Rayner (LC) 39.18; 2, Dolin O’Dell (Cath) 40.14; 3, Miguel Welch (LC) 40.38.

400 relay – 1, Ben Davis 42.20; 2, Tech 42.37; 3, Pike 42.48.

1,600 relay – 1, Pike 3:19.96; 2, North Central 3:21.12; 3, Ben Davis 3:22.82.

3,200 relay – 1, North Central 7:59.20; 2, Pike 8:03.81; 3, Cathedral 8:07.43.

High jump – 1, Kaymren Garrett (LC) 6-10; 2, Lawrence Mitchell (Pike) 6-10; 3, Dominic Day (BD) 6-4 ½.

Pole vault – 1, Nathan Stone (LN) 17-0 ¾ (regional record; old record 16-1, Zach Saunders, Lawrence Central, 2009); 2, John Hutchens (Cath) 13-6; 3, Malachi Clark (Pike) 12-6.

Long jump – 1, Dominic Day (BD) 23-1 ½; 2, Montell Gardner (Tech) 22-10 ¾; 3, Kynton Grays (Ritter) 22-10 ¼; 4, Zac Stanley (Delta) 22-6 ¾.

Shot put – 1, Ethan Alyea (NC) 58-7; 2, Dylan Renick (Dec Cen) 54-0 1/2l 3, Evan Conley (Delta) 52-3.

Discus – 1, Ethan Alyea (NC) 167-6; 2, Bryce Monroe (Burris) 151-3; 3, Walker Moore (York) 143-9.

Originally published 10:32 pm EDT May. 23, 2019 Updated 11:57 pm EDT May. 23, 2019
David Woods
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I have covered six Olympic Games for IndyStar and written three books about Butler basketball during 13 seasons on that beat (2001-13). I am an Urbana, Ill, native and University of Illinois graduate. I previously worked at newspapers in Champaign and Springfield, Ill., and San Jose, Calif. Our family relocated to Indianapolis in 1994, and we are members at Traders Point Christian Church.
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