By Josh Brown
TROY — The Troy boys and girls track teams both have returning state-caliber athletes.
And while those were on display Saturday at the season-opening Up and Running Invitational at Troy Memorial Stadium, it was a host of new Trojans picking up the mantle that led the Troy track teams to a sweep of the meet, with the girls (157 points) and boys (126.5) easily defeating the field.
The Trojan girls picked up massive amounts of points in the distance races, taking four of the top five spots in the 1,600. Morgan Gigandet won (5:10.46), Olivia Tyre was second (5:46.58), Megan Myers was fourth (5:47.91) and Kate Pence was fifth (5:48.08). Gigandet also won the 800 (2:24.83), Tyre was fourth (2:36.36) and Myers was fifth (2:39.36), and Emma Shigley won the 3,200 (12:08.92) and Haley Huelsman was second (13:19.50).
Ashley Barr added a win in the 400 (1:01.64) with Ciena Miller taking third (1:04.05), Celina Courts was second in the 200 (27.44 seconds) and Barr was fourth (27.46 seconds), Courts was third in the 100 (13.8 seconds) and Caitlyn Cusick was second in the 300 hurdles (51.21 seconds) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.7 seconds).
The Trojans added two more victories in the field events, with Kelsey Walters winning the shot put (36-0) and Alaura Holycross finishing second (34-11.5), while Christine Moser won the pole vault (10-0).
Miami East’s girls were sixth with 30 points. Megan Kinnison led the way with a second-place finish in the discus (118-1) and Emma Linn was third (90-9), Jillian Wesco was fifth in the long jump (14-3), and Karson Mahaney was fifth in the shot put (30-11).
The Troy boys piled up five individual victories, with senior Stephen Jones leading the way by winning the 1,600 (4:25.13) and 800 (2:03.04). Travis Hall also set a new meet record and won the shot put (46-2), Josh Browder won the 100 (11.68 seconds) and Jayden Culp-Bishop was fourth (11.92 seconds), and Keenan Kinnel won the high jump (5-10) with Browder finishing third (5-8) and Nick Mittlestadt fourth (5-6).
Hayata Nagata was second in the 400 (54.38 seconds) and Kobe Feltner was fourth (54.89 seconds), Kinnel was second in the 300 hurdles (45.68 seconds), Frankie Hoening was fourth in the 110 hurdles (20.0 seconds), Hayden Jackson was second in the long jump (19-3), Joey Dippold was third in the pole vault (13-6) and DeMarcus Moody was fourth in the 200 (24.01 seconds).
Miami East’s boys were seventh with 44.5 points. Taton Bertch was third in the 110 hurdles (19.28 seconds) and 300 hurdles (45.71 seconds), Bryce Redick was third in the 800 (2:09.99), Daniel Everett was third in the discus (128-0) and fifth in the shot put (38-5.5) and Gavin Horne was fifth in the 1,600 (4:49.49).
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe track teams kicked off the season by hosting the Tippecanoe Relays, with the boys finishing third (60.01 points) and the girls fifth (50.01 points) as Wayne swept both team championships.
On the boys side, the 6,400 relay team of Poynter, Brown, Stearns and Andrews won (19:31.55). Mason Doll was second in the pole vault (10-6) and Austin Duling was fourth (9-6), Issac Haas was third in the shot put (42-4) and the 400 ironman relay team of Garber, Hamilton, Pennington and Haas was fourth (57.09 seconds).
The girls 6,400 relay team of Halsey, Fink, Dietz and Brown also won (23:46.49), and the 2,400 relay team of Halsey, Fink, Moore and Brown was third (8:09.43). The 400 ironman team was third (1:08.45), and the 800 sprint medley team of Senseman, Jobe, Steuve and Vissoc was fourth (2:08.4).
The Red Devils will host the Tippecanoe Invitational on April 2.
Lady Tiger Classique
VERSAILLES — The Covington girls track team finished third in the “orange” division of the Lady Tiger Classique Saturday at Versailles to open the season, scoring 95 points. Newton’s girls were seventh with 34 and Bradford was eighth with 31.
Carly Shell was second for the Buccaneers in the 3,200 (12:19.66), Breanna Kimmel was second in the 100 (13.67 seconds), Rayna Horner was second in the 400 (63.01 seconds), Lauren Hebert was second in the shot put (33-11.5) and the 4×400 relay team was second (4:23.63) as team champion Russia or runner-up Marion Local swept all the first-place finishes.
Newton’s Aliya Stine was second in the 100 hurdles (18.01 seconds) and the 200 (27.96 seconds), and Bradford’s Kelly Moore was second in the pole vault (8-0).
LEWISBURG — The Bethel girls won a tri-meet at Tri-County North Saturday to open the new track season, scoring 69 points to defeat the host Panthers and National Trail.
Bailey McCabe won the long jump (13-9.25), Maggie Kahler won the 200 (29.5 seconds), Rachel Sebastian won the 1,600 (6:38.9) and Brooklyn Smith won the 100 (13.9 seconds). The Bees also swept the relays, winning the 4×800 (Olivia Rust, Kayla Grable, Kaitlyn Balkcom, Sebastion; 12:12), the 4×200 (Smith, Rachel Norris, Rachel Larsen, Alaina Hawthorn; 2:08.1), the 4×100 (McCabe, Kahler, Sophia Yarwick, Smith; 56.2 seconds) and the 4×400 (McCabe, Rusty, Balkcom, Grable; 5:01.4).
The Bees boys team finished third with 25 points, with Korry Hamlin picking up wins in the 1,600 (4:44.7) and 3,200 (10:26.3). Daniel Trimbach was also second in three events: the long jump (17-7.5), high jump (5-6) and 200 (25.7 seconds).
Tipp 1, CJ 0
DAYTON — Tippecanoe knew it had to strike early to have any success against Chaminade Julienne’s ace Saturday.
The Red Devils were able to scrape together a quick run in the first — and that’s all their own ace needed.
Aaron Hughes won a pitcher’s duel against a Division I college prospect in the Eagles’ Garrett Wissman Saturday, throwing a complete-game shutout to help the Tippecanoe baseball team open the new season with a 1-0 victory on the road.
“They always talk about it in the majors — when you’re going up against a guy like that, you’ve got to get them early … or you’re not going to get them at all,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “We got a single, a sacrifice and a single for a run real quick, and then he retired the next 15 or 16 batters straight after that.”
Andrew Kraska — who had two of Tippecanoe’s four hits in the game — led the game off for the Devils with a single and was bunted to second by Jacob Ambose. Then Hughes hit an RBI single to left-center for what proved to be the game’s only run — and he did the rest on the mound from there.
Hughes finished the game with six strikeouts and no walks, giving up only three hits on an astounding 68 pitches over seven innings.
“That’s unheard of,” Cahill said of Hughes’ efficient pitch count. “He just does what he does. He throws strikes and gets a lot of ground ball outs. And we only struck out five times against Wissman, who is going to have a lot of games with double-digit strikeouts this season. This was a great way to open the season.”
Tippecanoe (1-0) left after the game for Florida, where it will play five games from Monday to Friday.
Newton 15, EC 5;
Newton 11, EC 3
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Indians got the season off to a solid start Saturday, sweeping Emmanuel Christian in a doubleheader by winning the first game 15-5 in six innings and then the second 11-3.
The Indians got a pair of solid pitching performances on the day. Brian Delcamp started things off with a win in the opener, striking out 10 and allowing no hits in 4 2-3 innings. Newton, meanwhile, piled up 12 hits in the game, with Rhett Gipe, Wade Ferrell and Tregg Jackson leading the way offensively.
And in the second game, Ferrell threw four innings and scattered five hits to earn the win, with everyone again pitching in at the plate, including Austin Evans and Nash Lavy.
“We got two good outings, and a little bit of everybody helped offensively. It was a great way to start the season,” Newton coach Nathan Kopp said. “It was good to get two games in. Now we leave Monday for Emerson, Georgia. It will be a good chance for the kids to bond a little and play at a nice facility against some quality teams.”
Other scores: Versailles 4, Miami East 0.
COVINGTON — The Covington softball team began the 2016 season strong Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader against non-league rival Versailles by winning 13-2 and 5-2 at home.
Brooke Gostomsky got the win in the first game, pitching a complete game and only giving up six hits and one earned run. Lexi Long led the way at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs. Justice Warner was 2 for 3 with a double, two stolen bases and three RBIs, Gostomsky was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Arianna Richards was 2 for 3 with a stolen base.
And in the second game, Allison Babylon got the win, giving up two hits in five innings pitched, while Gostomsky pitched the final two innings for a save. Megan Alexander was 3 for 3 with an RBI, Kara Schaffer was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Sarah Hubbard was 2 for 2 with a stolen base.
Covington faces a Division I opponent in Centerville on Monday.
FM 2, M-U 1;
Greenville 11, M-U 1
GREENVILLE — Milton-Union dropped a tough opener by one run, 2-1 against Franklin Monroe Saturday — and then was faced with the task of taking on host Greenville in the second game. The Bulldogs’ struggles at the plate carried over from the earlier game as the Green Wave won in five innings, 11-1.
The Jets scored one run in the third and one in the fourth — both unearned — to take a 2-0 lead in the first game despite solid pitching by Milton-Union’s Mercedes Farmer and Kristen Dickison. Farmer struck out six and walked none and Dickison added a pair of Ks, allowing only a combined five Franklin Monroe hits — but three errors behind them proved costly. Dickison drove in the Bulldogs’ lone run in the sixth with an RBI single, one of the team’s three hits in the game.
“We pitched well enough to win the game,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaeffer said. “We gave up two unearned runs, which is unfortunate. We had some early mistakes that you don’t like to make. And we just didn’t hit in timely situations.”
Against Greenville, the Bulldogs did not manage to get a hit, scoring their only run in the top of the fifth with the Wave already up 11-0. Anna Willson took the loss on the mound.
“It seemed like we were beat before that game even started,” Schaefer said. “I think if we win that first game, we play Greenville a little better. It just didn’t feel like we had the energy. Greenville hits the ball real well.”
Milton-Union travels to Northridge Monday to open Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
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