By Josh Brown
CENTERVILLE — For the second weekend in a row, Morgan Gigandet broke the 18-minute barrier.
This time, though, she broke something else.
The Troy sophomore cross country runner ran a time of 17:44 late Saturday night at the Centerville Night Lights meet, breaking the school record, finishing fourth overall and leading the Trojan girls to a 13th-place finish as a team.
“Watching Gigandet go sub-18 for the second consecutive week solidifies her as one of the premier distance runners in Ohio,” Troy girls cross country coach Kevin Alexander said. “Morgan broke the school record held by Nessa Arnold since 1985, which is a testament to how rare that feat is. Watching her race step-for-step with last year’s Division I and II individual state champions until the last few hundred meters was an incredible sight.”
Megan Myers finished 34th (19:24), Kate Pence was 44th (19:39), Haley Huelsman was 124th (21:22) and Megan Studebaker was 131st (21:36).
“Tonight’s meet had the feel of a regional meet in terms of competition and atmosphere,” Alexander said. “With the outstanding competition, the race went out fast and di not slow down. With the fast start, many of the girls got pinched early on and did a remarkable job of moving up throughout the race.
“By in large, the girls are improving on a weekly basis, which bodes well as October and the postseason nears.”
On the boys side, the Trojans finished 18th as a team, led by senior Stephen Jones — who ran a personal-best time of 15:33 and finished third individually.
“Against some very tough competition, Stephen ran a career personal best,” Troy boys coach Philip Matthews said. “The team had cool weather and a great course to run on, and that led to some very fast times. A few key runners were missing today, and Carter Hench, Carsen Clouser and Seth Plantz stepped in and ran their best races of the year.”
Parker Hench was 105th (17:51), Andy Smith was 140th (18:10), Carter Hench was 175th (18:42) and Clouse was 181st (18:50).
Troy runs at the Miami County Championships Saturday at Milton-Union.
* Girls Golf
Tipp 173, Troy 188
TROY — The seniors ruled the day at Miami Shores Golf Course Monday, as Tippecanoe and host Troy fielded a combined 10 of them, with the Red Devils holding off the Trojans 173-188 in a tuneup for next week’s sectional tournament.
Ally Chitwood and Taylor Hudson shot 42 to lead Tippecanoe, Sammie Rowland shot 44, Tori Merrick shot 45, Lydia Steuve shot 50 and Emily Doll shot 60.
LeeAnn Black led Troy with a 45, McKenzie Pruitt shot 46, Natalie Henson shot 47, Ali Helman shot 50, Brooke Beeler shot 51 and Melanie Henson shot 54.
The sectional tournament is Oct. 6 at Kittyhawk Golf Course.
* Girls Soccer
Tipp 1, KR 1
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s girls soccer team may have extended its undefeated streak Monday night, but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Kenton Ridge at Tipp City Park.
Holly Bernhold put the Devils (9-0-2, 5-0-1 CBC Kenton Trail) on top, but Kenton Ridge’s Iman Salhieh scored the equalizer — and that’s the way the game ended. Both teams share matching 5-0-1 records in the division with three divisional matches to go.
Tippecanoe hosts Indian Hill Saturday in its only remaining non-league match of the regular season.
Miamisburg 1, Troy 0
TROY — Troy’s winless streak extended to four games Monday night as the Trojans (4-6-1) dropped its second straight 1-0 match at home, this one to Miamisburg.
On Saturday, the Trojans lost 1-0 to Bellbrook at Troy Memorial Stadium. The streak began with a 1-0 loss at Centerville, then the Trojans tied Trotwood 1-1 on Sept. 23.
Troy travels to Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division-leading Butler Wednesday night.
* Boys Soccer
Tipp 4, KR 1
SPRINGFIELD — Tippecanoe’s boys soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season, defeating Kenton Ridge Monday 4-1 in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play.
The Devils (10-1, 6-0 CBC Kenton Trail) lost 2-1 to Wayne on Saturday, snapping a nine-game winning streak. But Monday, they got back on track quickly. Wade Timmer scored with an assist from Mitch Colvin, then Adam Grieshop scored an unassisted goal. Nathan Hamberg added a goal assisted by Timmer, then Hamberg assisted on a score by Kevyn Bridgett. All the offense the Cougars (7-2-1, 5-1-1 CBC Kenton Trail) could muster was a penalty kick.
Tippecanoe travels to Springfield Shawnee Wednesday.
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