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North Side Relays
When: Saturday
Where: North Side
Time: 10 a.m.
Teams: Bishop Dwenger, Concord, Concordia, East Noble, Elkhart Memorial, Homestead, Huntington North, North Central (Indianapolis), North Side, Northrop, Snider, South Side, Wawasee, Wayne
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South Side’s Adrian Mable won sectional and regional titles in the 300-meter hurdles last year.

No confusing talent

South Side track star is nephew of high school’s principal

Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
Adrian, who is the nephew of South Side principal Carlton Mable, would like to run for Indiana University. He also plays football and basketball for South Side.

– It’s an easy mistake to make, but Adrian Mable is not South Side principal Carlton Mable’s son.

“I get that a lot just because I am around him so much,” Adrian said. “I am used to it.”

They are nephew and uncle, something Adrian has to deal with more than Carlton.

“I am sure he does, because I am not always the most popular guy in the building,” Carlton said. “He takes it in stride, and he goes on. He’s never mentioned that it has been a problem, and I don’t think he ever would. He just deals with it. If you didn’t know Adrian, you would think he didn’t care about anything, but he is so laid-back and soft-spoken.”

The principal’s nephew makes opponents deal with his talent on the track.

Adrian, a junior, was a sectional and regional champion in the 300-meter hurdles and finished 18th in the 110 hurdles and 19th in the 300 hurdles at the state meet last year. He was a winner in both hurdle events at the 2011 SAC track meet.

“Adrian is a hard-working, humble young man, who looks to improve all the time,” South Side boys track coach Eddie Nolan said. “He’s really never satisfied with his performances and always looks to get better.”

Adrian, who transferred from North Side after his freshman year, will return to the school for Saturday’s North Side Relays.

Adrian has been slowed by a groin injury but has been working on conditioning.

“Last year my conditioning was pretty horrible, and you could tell it at state,” Adrian said. “You couldn’t really tell it against SAC teams because there is more competition down at state. I am working on getting stronger at the end of a race.”

Adrian, who is also on the South Side football and basketball teams, got into hurdles in the sixth grade.

“Nobody really convinced me to do it,” Adrian said. “I didn’t want to go home and wanted to stay after school, so I got into sports.

“At first, I was probably like everybody and didn’t like the hurdles. I didn’t like the fact of running over something when I could just do the 100 (dash) and call it a day.

“They got me into it by trying me there one meet, and seemed to be good at it, so I just stuck with it. I decided that if I am going to be in them, I might as well be good at it.”

Although basketball is his favorite sport, Adrian said track is his best sport, and he would like to run for Indiana University.

Carlton Mable said Adrian is a fiery competitor on the track but keeps his emotions in check.

“Adrian never gets too excited or too down on anything,” Carlton said. “He tells me he likes for his talking to be done on the track.

“If he was my son, I would be very, very proud of him. I am just as proud being his uncle.”

gjones@jg.net

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