Griffith takes 14th at track state finals

James Howell | for Rushville RepublicanRushville senior Charity Griffith makes one of her attempts in the high jump at the IHSAA state finals in Bloomington.

Rushville senior Charity Griffith competed in the IHSAA state finals in Bloomington at Indiana University. This was her second straight year to reach the state finals in the high jump event.

Griffith clear high jump bar at 5-0, 5-2 and 5-4 en route to earning 14th place in the 29-jumper field.

Noblesville’s Shelby Tyler won her second consecutive state championship by clearing 5-9.

Griffith concluded an outstanding athletic career at RCHS. Charity was a four year letter winner in cross country, gymnastics, and track and field. She was a member of sectional championship, regional qualifying, and semistate qualifying teams. Additionally, she was an individual sectional champion, regional champion, EIAC champion, state qualifier, multiple school record holder, and team captain. She was voted the RCHS Senior Athlete of the Year by her fellow seniors.

“Charity has had a tremendous four years at RCHS. Very few athletes have had the success she has had individually and as a part of championship teams. She also competed in three sports every year which takes incredible commitment and work ethic. I had the pleasure to coach her in both track and cross country and she always demonstrated toughness, heart, and competitive spirit, but she also is an excellent teammate and representative of our school and community. She has a very bright future ahead of her,” Coach Jim Marlatt said.