The Michigan City Wolves are making a habit out of having huge performances at the State Finals meet for Track and Field. While they were missing a defending champion due to injury in Makiyah Smallwood, they still managed to send two athletes downstate to Bloomington in Keyshawn McGill and Jacob Adams. As Michigan City’s representative in the high jump, About the only thing that Keyshawn McGill has flown under this season is the radar.
Makiyah Smallwood came into this season as a favorite to go down to Bloomington in three events including defending his state champion crown in the 110 meter hurdles, looking to win the championship in the 300 hurdles, and looking to improve on his 6’6″ high jump. From that shadow, Keyshawn McGill steadily improved as the season went on and hit his best jump of 2017 previously by clearing 6’4″ at the Regional finals last week at Valparaiso High School, which tied him for the best mark of the day, but he placed second overall.
Today at state finals Keyshawn McGill flew even higher clearing 6’6″ and finishing 4th overall, good for 5.5 points for his team as well.
McGill’s finish marks the 3rd straight year that Michigan City has placed a jumper in the top 5 at state finals, following up state champion Daniel Armstrong who won state in 2016 with a 7’0″ high jump, and 5th in 2015 with a finish over 6’7″. Armstrong cleared a school record at Marquette University this season of 7’1.5″ in his freshman year there, and made it to NCAA National Finals. Also placing in the high jump for Michigan City was ShanQuan Hemphill clearing 6’11” in 2016 taking runner’s up honors to his teammate Armstrong.
The scary thing for the state of Indiana is that Keyshawn McGill is making these accomplishments as a Junior in high school. He is expecting return in 2018 to defend that top 5 finish at state finals again, and maybe even add another state title to the Michigan City trophy case.
Michigan City’s Jacob Adams is set to run the 800 meters shortly before 7pm Central time, assuming the meet stays on schedule. Stay tuned for updates from Adams as well.