Boys Varsity Track · Benson heading back to state

LAFAYETTE — Logan Benson knows what it takes to get to the state meet.

After placing on the podium each of the last two seasons, the Western Boone senior was only concerned about making it back to the State Finals at IU, and not where he placed in the Lafayette Jefferson Regional.

So after he hit the state standard of 6-feet-4.5-inches, he shut it down Tuesday, placing third and earning his third-straight trip to state.

“He is jumping well right now and his body feels good,” Western Boone head coach Jayme Comer said. “He won the sectional, which was a goal of his to win back-to-back titles. Tonight the goal was to hit the state standard and move on to state. Now anything can happen next Friday.”

Comer said Benson knows what he has to do in the next week to be at his peak in Bloomington.

“With a kid like Logan, who has been in big situations whether it be track or football, I am not worried about it being too big for him,” Comer said. “He just has to stay calm and confident in what he does and continue to work hard.”

Western Boone also got a strong performance in the 1,600–meter run from Colton Collier.

He just missed the school record in 4:24.86 and placed fifth in the regional. He will await a callback to state.

“The big thing with Colton is that he works so hard that you never know when he is going to have a race like that,” Comer said. “He is a kid that is confident enough that he can run up there. It was a great PR for him and a huge night.”