Clocking out early

Senior athletes graduate ahead of schedule due to tournament action

Before trying to win state, senior members of the boys track team have some other business to take care of – graduation.

The boys track team had an outstanding season and look to continue it Saturday at state in Bloomington. Before that, the boys will participate in a special graduation ceremony Friday night.

The baseball team won its first sectional since 1996 last night but their regional game this Saturday has been moved from a noon start to 10 a.m. so the senior baseball players will not have to miss graduation. Should the baseball team defeat Cathedral in the morning game, the boys would return for the 7 p.m. championship.

“It has been an amazing collaboration between administrations to move the graduation up to Friday,” track coach Mike Davidson said.

Athletes participating in the state meet and will have a graduation ceremony Friday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium in order to spend Saturday focusing on their competition.

“I imagine that there will be a lot of track kids there to support them on Friday and there will also be faculty there also to support,” Davidson said

The Giants have had an outstanding track season. The boys have been rated No. 1 all season and have yet to lose a meet or invitational. They will have advanced 18 spots to state and will be pushed by Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern.

The Giants have participants in all the field events, and Davidson expects that to have a big ompact omn the score.

“We expect for all of our athletes for perform at their best in every event,” Davidson said.

In the meet in which all of the best athletes will be competing against each other at one time it will help that all the Giants can claim the points that they can.

Points are awarded in track based on the position you finish in. If you finish in the top nine spots then you will be given points for the event. First place receives 10 points, second place receives eight and third receives seven, then all the places after will be given a one point decrease for every position after that.

The Giants plan to make a big splash at state and will not miss graduation. Good luck to the giants and congratulations to the senior athletes that will be able to compete in the meet that they worked hard on all year.

The baseball team advanced to Saturday’s 10 a.m. sectional at Avon where the Giants will face No. 1 rated Cathedral. Ben Davis won its first sectional since 1996 with a 3-1 win over Southport Tuesday night. New Castle faces Terre Haute North in the noon game.