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Area track athletes shine at state meet

BLOOMINGTON – Northeast Indiana was well-represented at the girls state track meet Friday at Indiana University.

Three area individuals, along with a relay team, won state titles at the season's finale and biggest track meet.

Wayne's Brionna Thomas won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, Warsaw's Ashley Erba won the 3,200 and DeKalb's Rachel Dincoff won the discus.

Thomas finished second and third in the 200 and 100 last year.

Erba added a track state title to the state cross country title she won in the fall, and Dincoff got her winning throw of 143 feet, 7 inches on her last throw.

Northrop captured first in the 1,600 relay. Relay team members were: Alexis Scott, Makelle Skelton, Dejah Arnold and Demetra Taylor.

Northrop, the 2011 co-state champion, finished second in the team race and lost to Pike 55-49.

Wayne was sixth with 27 points, and DeKalb was 10th with 17.

Area athletes also got several second-places, including Taylor (100 hurdles), Fremont's Abby Hostetler (1,600), Homestead's Ari Nelson (long jump), Northrop's Emma Mirwaldt (800) and the Bruins' 400 relay team of Scott, Skelton, Jaquell Taylor, Amber McGee.

For more on the meet, read Saturday's Journal Gazette or return to

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.