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Lafayette — The Western Boone boys track and field team will have a representative in the IHSAA State Finals.

Star sophomore Logan Benson bested the rest of the field in the high jump on Thursday at the Lafayette Jefferson Regional, winning the competition with a jump of 6-feet-4-inches.

That jump was three inches higher than second place Tommy Glidden of Sheridan. Benson advances to the State Finals on Friday, June 2 at Indiana University.

Benson won’t be the lone Boone County participant.

Zionsville’s Eric Paden won the 110-hurdles in a time of 14.67 to advance to the state finals.

The Eagles will also be sending the 3,200-meter relay team of Thomas Argentine, E.T. Browning, David McCullough and Joe Romanyk, who placed second in 7:52.29.

Zionsville’s Bennett Clark placed second in the discus with a throw of 159-feet-03-inches to advance. Also advancing is Grayson Zinn in the shot put with a throw of 52-feet-04-inches.

Also competing for Western Boone, Ryan Solomon placed 10th in the 100-meter dash in 11.56. Solo Huckstep competed in the pole vault, but didn’t clear his opening height.

Lebanon’s Jacob Roahrig was seventh in the long jump, going 21-feet-2.25-inches. He also placed fifth in the high jump, clearing 5-feet-10-inches. The Tigers had two relays compete, with the 1,600-meter relay team of Robbie Muse-Myers, Landon Belcher, Blake Grilli and Zach Unger going 3:30.42. The 400-meter relay team of Clayton Barber, Kruze Washington, Mick Rice and Jaylen Washington placed 13th in 45.42.

Clark placed eighth in the shot put for Zionsville with a throw of 50-feet-10-inches.

The 1,600-meter relay team of Cam Greeson, Carson Canfield, McCullough and Romanyk placed fifth in 3:21.49. The 400-meter relay team of Greeson, Zach Woerner, Evan Deal and Payton Greeson was 10th in 44.68.

Browning was eighth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:27.99. McCullough was fifth in the 400-meter run in 49.70 and Jackson Martin was eighth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:35.75.

The State Finals will begin at 3 p.m. on June 2.

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