Sam Voelz won the first boys track and field state championship in New Palestine school history, while two relays were state runners-up Friday in the IHSAA boys track and field State Finals.
Voelz won the 800 meter run state title, running a time of 1:52.60. He was two-hundredths of a second ahead of HHC rival and state runner-up Parker Jones of Pendleton Heights. It was the first individual boys track state title and the second track and field title in NPHS history – the first since Lorrie Swegman in 1976.
Voelz came into the day seeded fourth and beat his seed time by 2.5 seconds in the 800. His time broke his own school record in the event.
He was also part of both relays that finished as state runners-up.
In the 4×800 relay, the Dragons put forth one of the top 10 times in State Finals history, running a school-record 7:44.20 time. They were runners-up to Carmel by 0.55 seconds. Spencer Corey, Caleb Eagleson, Chase Crowder and Voelz started the meet with the first sub-7:50 race in the event in school history.
In the event-finishing 4×400 relay, the Dragons again were state runners-up. Colby Jenkins, Corey, Voelz and Brady Walden placed second to North Central, running a school-record time of 3:18.51. They were 0.72 seconds back of North Central. They beat their seed by 2.51 seconds.
With a state champion and two runners-up, the Dragons scored 26 points at the meet, placing them sixth in the state. Carmel (69) won the state title, with Avon (47) and North Central (43) placing second and third.
Also competing at the State Finals were Eagleson, who was 24th in the 1600 (4:31.67), and Walden, who was 12th in the long jump (21-10.25).