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Columbus North senior Andy Carr, pictured Friday, June 13, is this year's The Republic Athlete of the Year for boys track.
Columbus North senior Andy Carr, pictured Friday, June 13, is this year's The Republic Athlete of the Year for boys track.

Columbus North senior Andy Carr, pictured Friday, June 13, is this year's The Republic Athlete of the Year for boys track.
Columbus North senior Andy Carr, pictured Friday, June 13, is this year's The Republic Athlete of the Year for boys track.


Andy Carr wasn’t all that thrilled about how his senior track season started.

His finish was another matter.

Carr won sectional and regional titles in the 3,200 meters, then pulled out a shocking third-place finish in the state finals. The Columbus North senior is The Republic Athlete of the Year for Boys Track.

 

“I was happy with the way it went toward the end of the season,” Carr said. “I feel like I kind of struggled for the first half of the season to get to where I wanted to be. I wasn’t running the times I wanted.”

So Carr and fellow distance standout Kaden Eaton, who was focusing on the 1,600, began training together during workouts.

“That helped having somebody alongside me,” Eaton said. “It was good to be able to push each other on all of those and keep each other in check.”

Going into the state meet, Carr was seeded 11th in the 3,200 but ran 9 minutes, 13.50 seconds, a personal-best by six seconds.

“I had no idea what to expect,” Carr said. “As I looked at all the guys seeded ahead of me, I had seen them in cross and in track other years, and all of them had beaten me consistently. But I knew what I was capable of. I knew how much I had in me, and I didn’t know how much they had.”

“Andy is one of those guys that put his time in, and it paid off for him toward the end of the season, which you’re excited to see,” North coach Lou Sipe said. “He ran a great race at the state meet. He’s a great kid, and you’re always excited when your kids do well.”

Carr, who finished 12th in the state in cross-country last fall, will continue his cross-country and track career at University of Indianapolis. He plans to attend UIndy’s cross-country team camp in August, then begin school the following week.

Most college cross-country races are 8,000 meters (five miles) or 10,000 meters (6.2 miles), up from the 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) that high-schoolers run. In track, Carr figures to run the 5,000 or 10,000.

“I think the 5,000 probably suits me better, but my coach may find something in me I don’t know yet,” Carr said.

Carr was a two-time state qualifier in track and ran for the Bull Dogs cross-country team three times at state. He was part of North’s 2011 state championship cross-country team.

“I feel I’ve been very fortunate along my journey,” Carr said. “I’ve had a lot of people to look up to and a lot of people to push me. I’m very thankful for all the people who have been a part of that journey.”

The rest of The Republic All-Area Boys Track team:

Tom Alsup, Jennings County: The senior finished fifth in the discus and 12th in the shot put at state.

Kaden Eaton, Columbus North: The senior finished ninth at state in the 1,600.

Seth Williams, Columbus North: The junior finished 22nd at state in the 3,200.

Andrew Baldwin, Columbus North: The senior ran on the 18th-place 4x800 relay team at state.

Michael Keller, Columbus North: The senior ran on the 18th-place 4x800 relay team at state.

Sam Ford, Columbus North: The senior ran on the 18th-place 4x800 relay team at state.

Joe Wright, Columbus North: The junior ran on the 18th-place 4x800 relay team at state.

Jason Kimmet, Columbus East: The senior finished sixth in the 400 and ran on the 14th-place 4x400 relay team at state.

James Robinson, Columbus East: The senior finished 14th in the 300 hurdles and ran on the 16th-place 4x100 relay team at state.

Paul Baker, Columbus East: The senior finished 23rd at state in the 1,600.

Chase Banister, Columbus East: The senior ran on the 14th-place 4x400 relay and 16th-place 4x100 relay teams at state.

Jacob Hampton, Columbus East: The senior ran on the 14th-place 4x400 relay team at state.

Steven O’Neal, Columbus East: The sophomore ran on the 14th-place 4x400 relay team at state.

Sean Owens, Columbus East: The senior ran on the 16th-place 4x100 relay team at state.

Cam Wilson, Columbus East: The freshman ran on the 16th-place 4x100 relay team at state.

Ben Coomer, Seymour: The senior finished eighth at state in the pole vault.

Mitch McCoy, Seymour: The senior finished 14th at state in the 800.

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