Guise finishes career at state meet

Bellmont distance runner Deion Guise capped off his historic high school career with a 22nd-place finish in the 3200-meter run at the state track and field finals Saturday at Indiana University.  

Guise’s time of 9:32.08 was the second-fastest of his career as well as the second-fastest in school history, trailing only his record-setting 9:25.96 in this year’s Marion Regional.  

Plainfield, led by individual titles from Nayyir Newash-Campbell in the 400 meters and Bode Gilkerson in the high jump, easily won the team title with 61 points. Brownsburg finished second with 47 points. Fort Wayne Concordia was the highest-finishing area team, taking eighth with 21 points, 16 of those points earned by sprinter Lance Pratt, who was runner-up in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters.  

David Slick of Leo was the top finisher among NE8 athletes, taking fifth in the 200 meters in 21.87.  

Despite the strong time, Guise was a bit disappointed in his performance. “It’s hard to be happy with it, place-wise,” he said. “There were a bunch of fast guys, but I was hoping for top nine.”  

After coming through the first 1600 meters in 4:38, Guise struggled some in the last few laps. “I was really feeling it that last bit,” he recalled. “I was giving it my all, yet the guys in front of me were slowly getting farther and farther away from me, and that killed my mental game.”  

It was Guise’s second trip to the state track finals—he ran 9:37 in the 3200 last year—and his fourth trip to state overall, counting his two qualifications in cross country. He’s the only boy in Bellmont history to make four trips to state, a legacy that will be hard to match. In addition to the 3200-meter record, he set the standard in the 5K cross country distance (15:48).  

Reflecting on his career, Guise said, “I’m glad I set a new standard for people to reach for by setting some school records.” Entering high school, he had no idea what to expect from himself. “I figured I’d put in the work,” he said, “but I never thought I’d make it this far.”  

Guise will continue his running career at the Division I level at IUPUI, where he expects to be red-shirted next year.  

The only other Adams County athlete to qualify for the boys’ state finals, 300-meter hurdler Hunter Kongar of South Adams, was unable to compete because of a military basic training commitment.