By Josh Brown
MASON/KETTERING — Even without state staples like Stephen Jones, Morgan Gigandet and Kelsey Walters, the Troy boys and girls track and field teams stil performed well at the Fairmont Firebird Invitational Thursday and Friday night.
Jones, Gigandet and company didn’t take the night off, though. They were off setting new school records in Mason.
Jones and Gigandet, part of a five-athlete contingent that competed at the Mason Rod Russell Invitational Friday, both set new Troy High School records in the one mile run, all while the girls and boys teams were placing third and fourth, respectively, at the two-day Firebird Invitational.
At the Rod Russell, Jones finished second in the one mile run in 4:18.98, a new Troy record in the event — though Tippecanoe’s Mitchell Poynter won the race in 4:16.74. Travis Hall added a third-place finish in the shot put (46-11).
Gigandet finished sixth in the one mile run, setting a new school record in 5:01. Kelsey Walters also finished second in the shot put (40-3) and Alaura Holycross was third (36-4.5).
At the Firebird Invitational, the Troy girls were third with 71 points. The 4×200 team of Celina Courts, Kayla Hemm, Jordan Hoffman and Ashey Barr won (1:49.23), as did the 4×100 team of Kiyha Adkins, Barr, Courts and Walters (50.98 seconds). Barr was also second in the 200 (26.49 seconds) and Dasia Cole was second in the high jump (5-3).
Troy’s boys finished fourth with 78.5 points. The 4×200 team of Jayden Culp-Bishop, Hayata Nagata, Kobe Feltner and DeMarcus Moody won (1:33.36), the 4×100 team of Zach Boyer, Austin Jacobs, Sam Jackson and Moody was second (44.96 seconds), the 4×400 team of Feltner, Nagata, Timmy Farrier and Jacobs was second (3:32.97), Culp-Bishop was second in the 200 (22.47 seconds), Boyer was second in the 110 hurdles (14.9 seconds), Joey Dippold was second in the pole vault (13-0) and Kameron Block was third in the discus (135-9).
Tippecanoe’s girls were seventh with 51 points, led by Kaili Titley’s win in the 400 (1:00.02). The Red Devil boys were also seventh with 40 points, led by Keenan Fraylick’s win in the 3,200 (10:04.27).
COVINGTON — Miami East swept second place at the Covington Invitational Friday night, with the girls finishing second with 115.5 points and the boys finishing second with 83 points.
For the Miami East girls, the 4×200 team of Bailey Miller, Jillian Wesco, Ashlyn and Emma Monnin won (1:53.5) and Marie Ewing won the 800 (2:21.34).
Covington’s girls were third with 90 points, with the 4×400 team of Rayne Horner, Victoria Lyle, Ashlyn Plessinger and Breanna Kimmel winning (4:12.98).
Bradford’s girls were seventh with 34 points despite no individual wins — Maia Stump led the way, finishing second in the long jump (16-1). Milton-Union’s girls were eighth with 29.5 points, led by Beyonce Bobbitt, who won the discus (144-2).
On the boys’ side, Miami East’s 4×200 team of Jordan Crawford, Colton Weldy, Justin Brown and Devyn Carson won (1:36.5), and Carson won the long jump (20-9.5).
Covington was fifth with 69 points. The 4×100 team of Shane Straw, Jett Murphy, Ethan Herron and Jayce Poind won (45.76 seconds) and Cade Harshbarger won the 110 hurdles (15.79 seconds).
Newton’s boys were sixth with 47 points. Jack Yoder won the 100 (11.49 seconds) and 200 (23.62 seconds) and Brady McBride won the 1,600 (4:32.91).
Milton-Union was ninth with 32 points despite no individual wins. Chris Minor was fourth in the shot put (40-3), Blake Smith was fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.48 seconds) and the 4×400 team of Smith, Alex Moore, Dalton Hetzler and Keagan Crosby was fourth (3:36.34). Bradford was 11th with 25 points, led by Rhyan Turner, who won the 300 hurdles (40.93 seconds).
YELLOW SPRINGS — The Bethel boys and girls track teams competed at the Yellow Springs Invitational Friday, with the boys finishing fifth with 52 points and the girls sixth with 68 points.
Korry Hamlin won the 1,600 (4:52.8) and 3,200 (10:39) and was second in the 800 (2:09.6) to lead the boys. Daniel Trimbach was second in the long jump (18-5.75) and triple jump (34-3).
For the girls, Bailey McCabe won the high jump (4-4), the 4×800 team of Kayla Grable, Madi McCabe, Olivia Rust and Rachel Sebastian was second (11:36.2), Rust was third in the 800 racewalk (5:32.19) and Sebastian was third in the 1,600 (6:29.93).
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PLEASANT HILL — The Newton baseball team got a look at a potential postseason opponent Saturday, shutting out Xenia Christian 4-0 at home.
Wade Ferrell pitched a complete game shutout for the win, striking out nine in the process, while Rhett Gipe led the team offensively with a 3 for 3 day at the plate.
Newton — the No. 3 seed in the Division IV sectional — has a first-round bye, awaiting the winner between No. 12 Xenia Christian and No. 11 Middletown Christian, who play Monday. The Indians will host the second-round game on Wednesday.
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