Heading to the final event of the 2017 IHSAA Girls Track State Finals, favorite and defending state champion Warren Central was down by one point to the Hamilton Southeastern Lady Royals. Enter the 4x400 Relay Team of Dejah Johnson, Tiler Tyler, K'ja Talley and Mikeisha Covington. At stake? The 44th IHSAA State Championship, an opportunity to win back to back state titles and the 5th in program history. Also, a large contention of Warrior fans in attendance all decked out in white. Is that enough pressure to place on the shoulders of two seniors, a sophomore and freshman? Fortunately, Coach Le'gretta Smith's Lady Warriors have been preparing for this moment since last September and were ready for the moment of their lives. Not only did the Lady Warriors win the 4x400m Relay (3:48.55) for the second year in a row, but they successfully secured Warren Central's 5th IHSAA Girls Track State Championship in 11 years.
As she has for the last two years, senior Kayland Jackson got the Lady Warriors started by winning her second consecutive IHSAA State Title in the 100m Hurdles (14.00). Kayland Jackson has ended her Warren Central career as one of the most accomplished female athletes in school history with two IHSAA State Championships and one IHSAA State Runner Up. Jackson went undefeated in both her junior and senior seasons. Freshman K'ja Talley came up big for the Lady Warriors by placing (8th) in the 100m Hurdles and (3rd) in the 300m Hurdles. Teammate Kennedy Batts placed (5th) in the 300m Hurdles and helped WC regain the momentum. Sophomore standout sprinter, Mikeisha Covington, picked up 14 big points for the Lady Warriors in the 400m Run (4th place) and the 200m Dash (2nd place). After the 200m Dash, Covington's performance helped close the HSE lead from 37-42 to 45-46. Senior teammate, Dejah Johnson, picked up one point in the 400m Run by placing (9th). Finally, the 4x100m Relay team of Jackson, Talley, Prommeyse Hoosier, and Ashley Baker placed (4th) and earned six points.
The Warren Central Lady Warriors have now won back to back IHSAA State Championships for the second time in program history. The senior class of Jackson, Anderson, Destiny Johnson, Baker, Dejah Johnson, Hicks, Waites and Tyler have all left a championship legacy at Warren Central. Most importantly, Coach Smith and the senior class proved on the evening of Saturday, June 3, that Warren Central Girls Track is still the best program in the state of Indiana!! #YouAreGreat