EVANSVILLE — Each a force to be reckoned with, Bosse’s Alexia Smith and Forest Park’s Rachel Mehringer have ruled the track over the past few springs.

The seniors are two of the best athletes in Southwestern Indiana. They’ve combined for three individual state championships, consistently winning multiple events every meet and often breaking records — sometimes one-upping their own.

And, of course, they were record-breakers again in their final area meet Tuesday during the IHSAA girls regional at Central High School.

Bosse's Alexia Smith, left, and Castle's Amaya Royal compete in the 100 meter dash during the IHSAA Girls Regional 8 Track & Field Meet at Central Stadium Tuesday evening, May 23, 2023. Smith came in first place with a time of 12.03 seconds and Royal came in second place with a time of 12.33 seconds.

Smith broke a 5-year-old meet record in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 12.03 seconds. She followed with wins in the 400 and long jump while also placing third in the 200 to qualify for the state finals in all four events. She didn’t mind that her Bosse teammate, Gerilon Kelly, bested her in the 200.

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