BLOOMINGTON — Though it wasn't the ending she hoped for, it was only fitting that the final athletic competition of North Knox senior Makinzi Meurer's stellar high school career came to an end at the State Finals on Saturday.
The three-sport star tied her career-best in the pole vault and earned a 16th-place finish in the event at the IHSAA Track & Field State meet at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Complex.
Meurer also competed in the 200-meter dash, but failed to advance through the preliminaries.
Equalling her career-best of 10-6, which is also a school record, was a goal of Meurer's, especially after she came up short of the mark in a third-place finish, 9-10, at the regional.
“Makinzi has had a phenomenal career, and I couldn't be more proud of her,” North Knox coach Tammy Meurer said. “She is a sensational athlete and has accumulated so many amazing accolades throughout her career. She is a true testament that you can be a three-sport athlete and a stellar student. I am so proud of how she was able to juggle everything and achieve excellence. She was a wonderful role model for others, and I am so excited to see what the next chapter of her life will bring.”
Meurer, who also excelled in volleyball and basketball as a four-year starter, was 21st in the 200 Saturday, finishing in a 25.80. Her regional championship time of 25.50 had her seeded 12th in the event, but would have only moved her up one spot in Saturday's standing. Her career-best time of 25.28 would have made her 15th. Indianapolis North Central's Ramiah Elliott won the 200 in 23.67.
Hamilton Southeastern's Kennedy Drish was the state champion in the pole vault at 12-9, narrowly defeating Center Grove's Taylor Jarosinski, who also cleared 12-9, but needed two more attempts to do it.
Meurer continues her track career at the University of Evansville next season.