BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Facing one of the toughest fields in years in the throwing events, Culver Girls Academy’s Leah Heckaman still managed to make the podium in one event and place in the top 10 in another at the IHSAA girls state track and field finals on the Indiana University campus June 1.
The CGA junior finished fifth in the discus and 10th in the shot put. Her throw of 134 feet, nine inches in the discus preliminaries guaranteed her a spot on the awards stand. Her toss of 41 feet, 1.25 inches in the shot put gave her a spot in the finals but fell five inches short of earning her a second trip to the podium.
“I had a good day,” said Heckaman told The Pilot-News. “I knew what I wanted to do, and even if everything didn’t go perfect, I’m satisfied.
“This is the third year I’ve qualified for the state meet, but this is the first time I’ve won a medal, so yeah, that’s good,” Heckaman added. “I’ve never made the finals before, so to get there today in two events, I’m pretty happy.”
Heckaman holds the school record in the shot put, having set it at 42 feet, 2.5 inches earlier this season. She won both events at the Rochester sectional and Warsaw regional on her way to qualifying for the state meet.