Boys Varsity Track · Beehler, Dove Seeking Ultimate Track Prize


INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Being a state champion is the ultimate goal – be it individual or as a team.

On Saturday, pair of LaVille Boys track members has a chance to reach the top of the mountain. Luke Beehler will participate in the long jump around 3 p.m., while Austin Dove takes to the high jump arena at approximately 3:30 p.m.

It will be the 115th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association Boys Track State Tournament at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington.  Admission will be $10.

Beehler qualified in the long jump by leaping 23-feet, 1.5-inches resetting his own school record.  His effort earned him second place at the Warsaw Regional.

Austin Dove cleared 6-feet, 4-inces in high jump earning him a sixth place finish.  His effort met the state standard earning him a chance to compete at the IHSAA state finals.

It has been a unique season for LaVille track.  The Lancer track wasn’t fully finished when the season started so Coach Kathe Beehler and the track team loaded a bus a couple times a week to practice off-campus.

“A trip to the state meet wasn’t something I was even thinking about,” said Beehler.  “Between Mother Nature keeping us inside and then having to travel to John Glenn to get on a track to practice I was just thinking about one week at a time.”

Both Beehler and Dove admitted that not much thought was given to advancement in the state tournament.


“Honestly, I never really gave it much thought,” said Dove.  “This was the first time I have ever tried the high jump so I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations. I figured I would have a lot of practicing to do to even get to a competitive position.”

Beehler said, “At the start of the year the thought of state wasn’t really in my mind. I just wanted to progressively get better as the season went on and do my best to PR, and get closer to the school record.”

Coach Beehler felt Dove and son, Luke, becoming a little more accustomed to their respective event at different times during the season.

“With Austin it was early in the season when he was progressing and getting more comfortable with the high jump and the heights of the bar,” recalled Coach Beehler.  “With Luke it was at sectionals! He had talked about wanting to break the school long jump record but it wasn’t something that we thought would happen this year, with all of the challenges the season has given us.”

The younger Beehler still recalls being “shocked” at the Penn Sectional of his winning and school-record jump.

“I never really thought of being able to make it to state,”  said Luke. “When I jumped 23’1” at sectionals I shocked myself, but I was still looking to carry over to regionals because being apart of state would be a huge accomplishment. When I was able to be my PR at regionals I thought that I might have a shot at making it to state.  It’s a very special opportunity to be able to be a sectional champion and then also be able to make it to state.”

Dove has come a long way in such a short time of learning approach and technique.

It’s an amazing and very exciting opportunity” said Dove of his chance to perform at the IHSAA state finals.  “I still can’t believe I am here, on my first year. I have a long way to go but thankfully I have two more years to figure it out and fine tune my form.”

When asked about the opportunity of a pair of Lancers at the state meet in the same season, Coach Beehler responded, “It is amazing to see both boys achieve a state qualifying performance. With Austin being in his rookie year at this it is pretty amazing accomplishment. I’m really excited to see him develop his technique in the event. Getting the experience to compete at the state level is something that neither one of them will ever forget!

“I want every kid to have a great experience and to achieve goals that they have set for themselves at the beginning of the track season,” she continued.  “When you see them work hard and start to achieve those goals its fun!  To me coaching is about helping these student athletes set goals, work hard to get those goals, and help them reach their potential and have fun doing it!”

Both Beehler and Dove are excited for their LaVille teammate and sharing the experience.

“I’m glad that Luke and I get to go to state together,” says Dove.  “We attend a small high school so it’s great to be able to go to such a huge event with someone from your own school instead of by yourself.”

Beehler responded, “I think it’s an amazing opportunity to be able to share this moment with Austin. He’s worked really hard this whole year, and I’m super proud of his accomplishments. Its always nice to have a teammate by your side.”

When asked about the opportunity to share the moment with mom and coach Kathe, along with assistant, and dad, JT, Luke concluded, “I think it’s a very special moment. They have always pushed me to do my best, and I love having them there to support me and push me.”

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Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Site: Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Admission: $10 per person.

Webstream: Unaffiliated with the IHSAA, will stream the meet here:

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3:00 p.m. – Pole Vault, Long Jump (LaVille’s Luke Beehler) and Discus
3:30 p.m. – High Jump (LaVille’s Austin Dove); Shot Put
4:15 p.m. – 3200 M Relay Finals
5:00 p.m. – 100 M Dash Trials
5:15 p.m. – 100 M High Hurdle Trials
5:40 p.m. – 200 M Dash Trials
6:10 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
6:15 p.m. – 100 M High Hurdles
6:25 p.m. – 100 M Dash
6:35 p.m. – 1600 M Run
6:45 p.m. – 400 M Relay
7:05 p.m. – 400 M Dash
7:20 p.m. – 300 M Low Hurdles
7:45 p.m. – 800 M Run
8:05 p.m. – 200 M Dash
8:15 p.m. – 3200 M Run
8:30 p.m. – 1600 M Relay

Advancement from State Meet Trials to Finals
1.   110 and 100 Hurdles, 100; 200
a.   3 heats with 9
b.   1st, 2nd from each heat plus next 3 best times.
2.   400 and 1600 Relays
a.   no trials
b.   3 sections timed; 9 per section
3.   3200 Relay
a.   no trials
b.   2 sections timed; 1 with 13, 1 with 14
4.   400 and 300 Hurdles
a.   no trials
b.   3 sections timed; 9 per section
5.   800
a.   no trials
b.   2 sections; 1 with 13, 1 with 14
6.   1600 and 3200
a.   no trials
b.   1 race timed
7.   Field Events
      a.   top 10 qualify plus ties


The Top 15 Seeds In Saturday’s IHSAA State Long Jump Event

Boys Long Jump

State Record: 24-07.75, 1995, Frank Young, Kokomo


Seed Name Year School

1 Patterson, Nate 12 Plymouth 23-02.50

2 Beehler, Luke 11 Laville 23-01.50

3 Ryan, Nick 12 Crown Point 22-11.00

4 Thomas, Pierce 09 Brownsburg 22-09.25

5 Guerendo, Isaac 12 Avon 22-08.75

6 Grays, Kynton 11 Ritter 22-08.00

7 Day, Dominic 11 Ben Davis 22-07.00

8 Bensz, Tyler 12 LaPorte 22-07.00

9 Mctoy, Quinten 10 Highland 22-06.50

10 Price, Elijah 10 Warren Central 22-06.25

11 Ball, Derrick 11 Arsenal Tech 22-06.25

12 Stewart, Kyle 10 North Posey 22-06.00

13 McGill, Keyshawn 12 Michigan City 22-05.50

14 Brown, Braden 12 Greenfield-Central 22-04.50

15 Parker, Tayson 10 Northwestern 22-04.00


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The Top 15 Seeds In Saturday’s IHSAA State High Jump Event

Boys High Jump

State Record: 7-01.25, 1977, Jeff Woodard, New Albany

State Record: 7-01.25, 1980, Ron Jones, Mt Vernon

State Record: 7-01.25, 1980, Adam Shumpert, Peru


Seed Name Year School

1 Patterson, Nate 12 Plymouth 7-03.50

2 Martz, Thad 10 Wheeler 6-08.00

3 Mitchell, Lawrence 11 Pike 6-06.00

4 Dailey, Victor 11 Jeffersonville 6-06.00

5 Krutsch, Kevin 11 Penn 6-05.00

6 Herman, Andrew 10 Noblesville 6-05.00

7 Wilkerson, Stephan 11 Princeton Co 6-05.00

8 Barbosa, Marcos 09 Brownsburg 6-05.00

9 Jenkins, Matthew 12 Mitchell 6-05.00

10 Glasco, Shane 11 Mishawaka 6-04.00

11 McGill, Keyshawn 12 Michigan City 6-04.00

12 Eze, Nd 11 New Albany 6-04.00

13 Marsh, Jacob 12 LaPorte 6-04.00

14 Dove, Austin 10 Laville 6-04.00

15 Simpson, Zavier 09 Pike 6-04.00