Guise, Kongar ready for state meet in Bloomington

Two county runners will be representing Adams County in Saturday’s State Finals in Bloomington, with Bellmont’s Deion Guise running the two mile and South Adams’ Hunter Kongar running the 300 M hurdles. 

Guise returns to the state meet after finishing 16th in the same event last season. Tonight’s 3200 meters will be the last he runs as a Bellmont Brave. 

Guise’s regional-winning time of 9:25 puts him in the top ten in the state heading into tonight’s race. 

Carmel’s Kole Mathison was the runner-up last year and finished in 9:01. Last year’s state champ, Will Jefferson of Whiteland, nearly broke the state record, coming just two seconds from the mark in a very high-paced race. 

This year’s 3200 will feature three runners from the NE8 conference, with Guise racing against old foes Austin Hall of Columbia City and Drew Sillaway of East Noble. The three distance runners have been battling all season long. 

The two-mile race is the last individual event of the night and is scheduled to take place at roughly 8:15 p.m.

Kongar will run his heat about an hour before Guise and the 300 hurdles will have four sections instead of the usual three. 

As one might anticipate for the state championship, the field is very compact when looking at seed times. Outside of the three slowest runners who will run in the first heat, the slowest time is 40.74. Only one runner in the state, Brownsburg’s John Colquitt, has broken the 39-second mark this season. Colquitt is the defending state champion in the event. 

Kongar was .01 seconds away from running in the third heat, but instead will run in heat #2. 

Carmel won the team title last season but Columbus North are favored to win tonight with a #1 ranking from the state coaches association. Other contenders are Brownsburg, Plainfield and Center Grove, along with the aforementioned Carmel Greyhounds.