By Josh Brown
VANDALIA — Troy’s Kelsey Walters broke her own school record in the shot put.
It took a meet record from Tippecanoe’s Mitchell Poynter to defeat Troy’s Stephen Jones.
In the end, the Troy’s girls finished second as a team and the Trojans boys were third at Saturday’s Butler Invitational in Vandalia, while Tippecanoe’s girls were sixth and boys were 10th in the team standings.
For Troy’s girls, Walters broke the 40-foot barrier for the first time in the shot put, winning with a throw of 40-6.5 to set a new Troy High School record. And in the 1,500, Morgan Gigandet set another school and meet record, winning in a time of 4:45.23 — it was the first time the race was ran, either by the Trojans or at the meet.
The 4×100 team of Kayla Hemm, Jordan Hoffman, Walters and Celina Courts won (50.62 seconds). Gigandet was also second in the 800 (2:22.96), while Alaura Holycross finished behind Walters in the shot put and took second (37-6.75). The 4×800 team of Kate Pence, Olivia Tyre, Megan Myers and Emma Shigley was second (10:06.53), the 4×200 team of Ashley Barr, Walters, Miller and Courts was third (1:48.73), Courts was third in the 200 (26.31 seconds) and Pence was third in the 3,200 (12:16.79).
Tippecanoe’s girls were sixth with 39 points despite not having any top three finishers. Taylor Prall was fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.44 seconds), Carrisa Ferrall was fourth in the discus (88-4) and the 4×400 team of Sammie Rowland, Tori Livesay, Kaili Titley and Makenzie Dietz was fourth (4:21.41).
Troy’s boys were third with 68.5 points. Travis Hall won the shot put (49-10), Zach Boyer was second in the 110 hurdles (15.07 seconds) and Jones was second in the 3,200 (9:38.51).
Tippecanoe’s boys were 10th with 27 points, led by Poynter’s win in the 3,200 in a meet-record time of 9:27.38.
Troy will play host to the Miami County Invitational Tuesday.
ST. PARIS — Miami East’s boys won the Graham Invitational Friday night with 76.33 points and one individual champion, while the Viking girls took fourth with 79.5 points with a trio of victories — and even a pair of meet records.
On the girls’ side, Megan Kinnison won both the discus (119-2) and shot put (32-11.5), with her throw in the discus setting a new meet record. The 4×800 relay team of Lorenza Savini, Lindsey Yingst, Kaitlyn Mack and Marie Ewing also set a new meet record, winning in 10:04.99.
Mack was also second in the 300 hurdles (51.6 seconds), Savini was third in the 800 (2:32.87), the 4×400 team of Horne, Monnin, Ewing and Yingst was third (4:25.9) and Jillian Wesco was third in the long jump (14-0.75).
For the boys, Daniel Everett won the discus (137-0), Justin Brown was second in the high jump (5-10) and third in the long jump (18-10.5), Bryce Redick was second in the 800 (2:10.18), Gavin Horne was third in the 1,600 (4:52.81), the 4×800 team was second (8:46.97), the 4×400 team was third (3:39.57), Trey Rush was third in the pole vault (12-6) and Colton Kowalak was fourth (11-6).
Fred Durkle Invite
WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Covington girls and boys track teams had a solid night at the Fred Durkle Invitational Friday at Twin Valley South High School, with the girls finishing second with 114 points and the boys fourth with 66.5 points.
For Covington’s girls, Natalie Snyder won the 100 hurdles (17.17 seconds). The 4×200 team of Rayna Horner, Kelsey Dysinger, Victoria Lyle and Breanna Kimmel won (1:52.62). Anna Dunn won the 1,600 (5:29.6). Kimmel won the 200 (26.84 seconds) and was second in the 100 (13.2 seconds). Carly Shell won the 3,200 (11:54.6). The 4×400 team of Horner, Ashlyn Plessinger, Lyle and Kimmel won (4:21.24). The 4×800 team of Shell, Plessinger, Paige Boehringer and Dunn was second (9:55.3). Horner was second in the 400 (1:02.37). Boehringer was third in the 800 (2:36.8). Lauren Hebert was third in the shot put (34-4).
Bethel’s girls were 15th with seven points, led by Kayla Grable (fifth, 14-4.5) and Bailey McCabe (seventh, 13-11) in the long jump.
For Covington’s boys, The 4×400 team of Zane Barnes, Brandon Magee, Jayce Pond and Nathan Lyle won (3:37.37), Cade Harshbarger was second in the 110 hurdles (16.81 seconds) and 300 hurdles (44.48 seconds), the 4×100 team of Shane Straw, Pond, Jett Murphy and Magee was second (46.04 seconds), Murphy was second in the pole vault (12-0), the 4×200 team of Pond, Deron White and Cade and Gray Harshbarger was third (1:37.7) and Zach Parrett was tied for third in the high jump (5-10).
Bethel’s boys were 12th with 23 points. Korry Hamlin was second in the 1,600 (4:41.4) and third in the 3,200 (10:15.2).
TIPP CITY — Andrew Kraska hit a chopper with the bases loaded and the infield drawn in in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday against Oakwood, plating the game-winning run as the Tippecanoe baseball team won its sixth straight, 4-3 at home.
With the score tied 3-3, Aaron Hughes — who also pitched the top of the seventh in relief of Nick Hoff to get the win — led off with a walk and stole second. Justyn Eichbaum, who was 2 for 3 in the game, bunted for a hit to put runners on the corners then stole second, then Josh Riebe was given an intentional walk. Kraska hit a chopper to second, and Hughes scored to end the game.
“It was kind of a do-or-die play for their second baseman, and he just couldn’t make it,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “It’s nice to win, but we’re still not hitting the way I think these guys should be hitting. But it was a successful week, we went 5-0, and now we get a day off tomorrow — thank goodness — before getting back at it Monday.”
Tippecanoe travels to Stebbins Monday to start a two-game series.
Anna 10, ME 2
CASSTOWN — Miami East’s struggles with the bats continued Friday as the Vikings fell to 1-7 on the season with a 10-2 loss to Anna at home.
Cam Coomes was 2 for 3 in the game, with Austin Rutledge and Braxton Donaldson each picking up a hit. Colton Purves took the loss on the mound.
NT 8, Covington 6
COVINGTON — Covington (3-6, 1-2 Cross County Conference) continued to struggle defensively, committing three errors and giving up five unearned runs in an 8-6 loss to visiting National Trail.
James Grilliot was 3 for 4 with a double, Levi Winn was 2 for 4 with a double and Jared Williams had a double and three RBIs to lead the Buccaneer offense. Christian Nelson took the loss on the mound.
Covington hosts New Bremen Monday.
Other scores: Friday — Bradford (4-6, 1-4) 14, Newton (7-4, 2-3) 13. Carlisle 17, Milton-Union (4-4, 4-3) 0. Saturday — Beavercreek 10, Troy (8-4) 0.
Bulldogs Drop 3
TROY — The Milton-Union softball team took on a trio of talented squads Saturday at Duke Park, falling 14-1 to River Valley in five innings, 10-0 to Northwestern in a full seven innings and 9-2 to Triad.
Bri Stone homered in the opener for the Bulldogs’ lone run against River Valley, with Anna Willson taking the loss on the mound. Against Northwestern, the Bulldogs only managed one hit, with Kallie Browning striking out seven in the losing effort. And against Triad, Kristen Dickison had two of the Bulldogs’ five hits, with Mercedes Farmer taking the loss on the mound.
“Errors cost us all day,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “We can’t have our pitchers strike everyone out. We’ve got to be able to play defense. And our ability to hit the ball, we really need to focus on hitting right now, too. We’re at a standstill right now, but hopefully we can turn it around Monday.”
Milton-Union faces Carlisle Monday.
Covington 13, NT 4
COVINGTON — Covington improved to 11-1 on the season Friday with a 13-4 Cross County Conference victory over National Trail.
Offensively, the Buccaneers proved nearly impossible to get out. Justice Warner was 4 for 4 with a double, Ashley Cecil was 3 for 3 with a triple, Lexie Long hit another home run, Kara Schaffer was 3 for 4 with a triple, Sara Hubbord was 2 for 4 with a double and Allison Babylon was 3 for 3 with a double.
Brooke Gostomsky gave up six hits in 5 2-3 innings of work to get the win on the mound.
Versailles 11, ME 0
VERSAILLES — Miami East starter Megan Pettit could not record an out against Versailles Friday as the Tigers scored eight first-inning runs in an 11-0 victory over the Vikings.
Miami East fell to 3-7 with the loss.
Other scores: Friday — Troy (6-3) 13, West Carrollton 1. Saturday — Troy 10, Versailles 4. Troy (8-3) 6, Bradford 4. Kenton Ridge 5, Covington 1. Covington (12-2) 3, Kenton Ridge 1.
Troy 3, CJ 2
DAYTON — The Troy Tennis team improved to 8-1 Saturday, holding off Chaminade Julienne (6-3) for a narrow 3-2 victory.
At second singles, Elijah Sadler won 6-0, 6-3. At third singles, Matt Schmitt won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston won 6-0, 6-0.
At first singles, Shane Essick lost 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus lost 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6).
“When a tennis team wins 3-2, you need certain positions to pull out the team victory,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Today it was the play of Elijah and Matt at singles and Carter and Jack at second doubles.
“Andrew and Nick still need to learn to keep the pressure on their opponent when winning an easy first set. Hopefully it will be a learning experience for them. Shane did not have a good day but played one of the better players in the area.”
Troy hosts Lebanon Monday before a critical division showdown against Butler Tuesday.
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