NP’s Voelz wins state title, PH’s Jones Mental Attitude Award


The Hoosier Heritage Conference was well-represented on the top two steps of the podium Friday at the IHSAA boys track and field State Finals.

Sam Voelz won New Palestine’s first-ever boys track and field state championship in the 800 meters, with Pendleton Heights’ Parker Jones finishing second, giving the HHC a 1-2 finish in the event.

Voelz won the event with a time of 1:52.60, with Jones running 1:52.62.

Jones also finished the evening as the recipient of the prestigious Mental Attitude Award.

New Palestine also had two other state runner-up finishes to tally 26 points and finish sixth at the meet. The Dragons’ 4×800 relay of Spencer Corey, Caleb Eagleson, Chase Crowder and Voelz was runner-up to Carmel. NP’s 4×400 relay of Colby Jenkins, Corey, Voelz and Brady Walden finished second to North Central.

Jones placed in two events. In addition to his state runner-up finish in the 800, he was fifth in the 1600, giving the Arabians 13 points on the day. PH finished 14th in the state.

Pendleton Heights’ Parker Jones is the Mental Attitude Award recipient.
New Palestine’s Sam Voelz and Pendleton Heights’ Parker Jones finished 1-2 in the 800 meters at the IHSAA State Finals.

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