By Josh Brown
WEST MILTON — With more than 2,000 runners representing 60 schools, Saturday’s Bob Schul Invitational at Milton-Union High School was literally as big a start to the season as could be.
And while Bethel’s Korry Hamlin won the boys Division III race individually, the host Bulldogs were second place as a team to D-III boys champion Botkins — the biggest local performances on the morning.
Milton-Union’s boys scored 104 points to Botkins’ 87 to finish as runners-up. Shannon Milnickel led the way in sixth place in 17:24.5, followed by Will Brock (10th, 17:28), Colton Graumen (18th, 18:07.3), River Spicer (23rd, 18:14.9) and Liam Godin (47th, 18:47.2).
Bethel’s Hamlin won the race in 16:35.2, beating out West Liberty-Salem’s Joey Adams by almost nine full seconds. The Bees finished 16th as a team with 427 points, as Chase Heck was 114th in 20:43.4, Connor Whalen was 119th in 20:52.4, Ben Wright was 130th in 21:33.8 and Brian Pencil was 162nd in 22:41.6.
Covington’s boys were eighth as a team with 233 points. Jared Ford was 30th (18:31.2), Ryan Ford was 33rd (18:34.8), Nathan Lyle was 51st (18:52), Dylan Kelly was 59th (19:05.8) and Conner Ryan was 60th (19:06.1).
Troy Christian’s boys were 18th with 457 points. Isaac Flora was 68th (19:17.1), Nick Pratt was 69th (19:19.1), Zach Davidson was 81st (20:36.1), Caleb Hunnicutt was 152nd (22:22.4) and Noah Davidson was 165th (22:43.9).
Bradford’s boys were 19th with 484 points, led by Johnny Fike in 36th (18:37.5).
In the Division I-II boys race, Tippecanoe finished fourth with 182 points. Michael Stearns was 11th (17:08.7), Noah Ballard was 38th (18:12.7), Ben Jans was 41st (18:19.2), Ethan Sinning was 42nd (18:19.6) and Adam Rindler was 53rd (18:34.5).
In the D-III girls race, Covington finished fourth as a team with 111 points. Carly Shell was sixth (20:06.8), Anna Dunn was 12th (20:32.8), Paige Boehringer was 27th (21:44.3), Kelsey Dysinger was 31st (21:56.1) and Danielle Alexander was 44th (22:32.9).
The host Milton-Union girls finished 10th with 302 points. Megan Trittschuh was 37th (22:20.3), Lydia Black was 58th (23:04.5), Kiley Jacobe was 87th (24:41.8), Kyli Parsons was 94th (24:56) and Haily Bohse was 100th (25:03).
Bethel’s girls were 18th with 497 points. Kaylee Baugh was 105th in 25:19.3, Kaitlyn Balkcom was 121st in 25:52.06, Eili Wright was 127th in 26:11.6, Morgan Jergens was 185th in 33:57 and Olivia Norris was 186th in 33:58.
Bradford’s girls were 12th with 336 points, led by Karmen Knepp (13th, 20:37).
In the Division I-II girls race, Tippecanoe finished 11th with 293 points. Anna Klepinger was 46th (21:42.1), Annie Martino was 53rd (21:55.3), Allison Mader was 74th (22:37.5), Kelly Rhoades was 97th (23:13.3) and Kayla Bruns was 101st (23:20.1).
CINCINNATI — Morgan Gigandet and Stephen Jones turned in impressive finishes for the Troy boys and girls cross country teams Friday night at the Moeller Primetime Invitational, with Gigandet winning and Jones finishing third individually.
Gigandet ran a time of 18:15 — which would have been good for third at the Division I state meet last year — and won easily, leading Troy’s girls to a 10th-place finish.
Megan Myers finished 18th 20:17), Kate Pence was 30th (20:31), Haley Huelsman was 82nd (21:41) and Abby Pence was 119th (22:23).
“Morgan literally ran away from the field tonight,” Troy girls coach Kevin Alexander said. “Another competitor attempted to hang onto Morgan for the first mile, but by the time the coaches saw her next, she had taken a firm lead and continued to pull away, winning by 40 seconds.”
On the boys side, Jones was third in a solid time of 16:01. Parker Hench was 91st (18:10), Andy Smith was 139th (18:55), Pete Sheehan was 141st (18:59) and Adam Falknor was 143rd (19:02) as the Trojans finished 14th.
“The team ran well this weekend,” Troy coach Phil Matthews said. “They had great conditions to run in, and you can see that reflected in their times. It’s pretty great to see all the hard work the boys put in over the summer come together in a good result.”
Troy hosts the Miami County Park District Lost Creek Invitational Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD — The Miami East Vikings put in a solid showing at the Northwestern High School Warrior Classic Saturday, with the girls finishing second as a team — and Lorenza Savini winning individually — and the boys finishing fourth.
Savini won in a time of 20:45 to lead the girls. Lindsey Yingst was eighth (22:08), Marie Ewing was ninth (22:08), Emma DeWeese was 11th (22:24) and Samie Sands was 41st (25:11).
On the boys side, Luke Mengos was 23rd (18:59), Gavin Trabert was 26th (19:09), Noah Shook was 28th (19:15), Justin DeWeese was 29th (19:19) and Gavin Horne was 36th (19:34).
TIPP CITY — The Troy and Tippecanoe tennis teams finished in a tie for second place Saturday at the Schroeder Invitational, held at the Schroeder Tennis Center. Both the Trojans and Red Devils scored 31 points, finishing second behind champion Bellbrook’s 39.
For the Trojans, Ashley Bruns was the individual champ at third singles, beating Brookville’s Gracie Rohrer 8-4, Bellbrook’s Maddie Beracini 8-3 and Tippecanoe’s Jordan Jones 8-3. Hannah Essick finished second at first singles, losing only to Bellbrook’s Rachel Heinz 8-4 in the finals. And the second doubles team of Meredith Pruitt and Katie Sherrick was also second, losing to Bellbrook 8-2 in the finals. Maggie Hennessey was fourth and the first doubles team of Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten was fifth.
The Red Devils had three runner-up finishes and one third-place finish to lead the way. Jones was second at third singles, losing only to Troy’s Bruns. At second singles, Ladia Coning was second, losing only to Bellbrook’s Andrea Szep 8-0 in the finals, and the first doubles team of Alli Merrick and Sophia McDowell was second, losing only to Bellbrook 8-1 in the finals. The second doubles team of Sydney Laymon and Victoria Nordquist was third, losing to Bellbrook in the semifinal but defeating Brookville 8-1 in the final round. At first singles, Kennedy Reeder finished fifth.
The Milton-Union Bulldogs finished seventh as a team with 11 points. Abby Hissong finished sixth at second singles, losing in the first round, bouncing back to win in the second round then falling to Butler’s Leugh Harden 8-2 in the final. The first doubles team of Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman was also sixth, losing to Tippecanoe 8-2, defeating Brookville 8-2 then losing to Troy 8-0.
* Girls Soccer
M-U 3, ME 0
WEST MILTON — Danielle McFarland had a hat trick Saturday afternoon, leading the Milton-Union girls soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Miami East.
Kristen Dickison assisted on McFarland’s first goal and Madison Brandon assisted on the second, then McFarland finished the hat trick off with a free kick from 20 yards out. Taylor Friedman posted the shutout in goal.
Both teams are in action on Thursday, with Milton-Union (4-0) traveling to Preble Shawnee and Miami East (1-2) hosting West Liberty-Salem.
St. Ursula 3, TC 0
TROY — Troy Christian fought a talented and experienced St. Ursula team to a draw in the first half, but Ursula was able to cash in on its chances in the second half for a 3-0 victory Saturday at Eagle Stadium.
“We played exceptionally well in the first half and really held our own,” Troy Christian coach Brian Peters said. “In the second half, though, our possession and sense of attack kind of went by the wayside. We’d win the ball, give it back, win the ball, give it back. Ursula is a great team, and I don’t want to take anything away from them. But their goals, two of them we assisted on and one was a penalty kick.
“Being under pressure for 80 minutes is a lot. It was a tough game, but it was a good learning experience for the girls. If we want to go far in the tournament, this is what we have to prepare for.”
Troy Christian (2-1-1) faces Botkins Tuesday.
Celina 4, Lehman 3
CELINA — The Lehman Cavaliers fell to 1-1-1 on the season, suffering a 4-3 defeat at Celina on Saturday.
Emily O’Leary, Grace Olding and Molly Safreed each had a goal for Lehman.
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