Troy made it a clean sweep at the Miami County Track Championships last week as they hosted the annual meet. The boys’ squad scored 192.5 points, while Tippecanoe finished third with 106.5 and Bethel scored 26 points for ninth place.
In the girls’ race, Troy dominated with 203 team points, with Tippecanoe second overall with 111. Bethel finished eighth with 33 points and Troy Christian was tenth with four points.
Leading off in the 100 boys dash was a championship from Jayden Culp-Bishop as the freshman ran an 11.31, with teammates Demarcus Moody third and Austin Jacobs placing sixth.
Bishop came back and repeated a first-place finish in the 200 with a 23.01, with Moody second at 24.20, and the Tippecanoe trio of Casey Abney (sixth), Cade Gingerich (seventh) and Bryce McCullough (eighth) all earning points.
Troy placed three in the top eight in the 400, as Timmy Farrier finished second with a 53.07, with teammate Hayata Nagata third and Jacobs was seventh. Tipp’s Abney was fifth.
Stephen Jones had no trouble in the 800, as the Troy senior ran a 2:00.51. Tipp’s Michael Stearns was fourth with two more Red Devils placing fifth (Zach Dix) and eighth (Thomas Chaney).
In the 1600, Mitchell Poynter from Tippecanoe along with Jones battled to the end, as Poynter captured the county title with a 4:24.89, and Jones was 4:24.96. Parker Hench of Troy was fifth, Matthew Poynter (Tippecanoe) was sixth and Troy’s Seth Plantz.
Jones and Poynter battled again in the 3200, and this time the Troy senior got the upper hand, winning the event in 9:32.92, with Poynter second at 9:33.16. Tim Andrews from Tipp was fifth overall and teammate Jordan Brown finished seventh. Also earning a point for Troy was eighth place finisher Andy Smith, while Bethel’s Korry Hamlin finished sixth.
In the 110 hurdles, Troy’s Zach Boyer was the overall winner with a 16.10 and his teammate Frankie Hoening was sixth. Boyer also won the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.36.
The 2000 steeplechase saw Hamlin run to a second place finish overall with a 6:56.10, with Tipp’s Ethan Heitkamp placing fourth, and the Troy duo of Carson Clouser (fifth) and Logan Huth (sixth) also earning points.
In the relays, Troy won the 4x1, fourth in the 4x4 and fifth in the 4x8, while Tippecanoe finished second in the 4x8, 4x4, 4x2 and sixth in the 4x1. Bethel also placed eighth in the 4x1, sixth in the 4x2, fifth in the 4x4, and sixth in the 4x8.
In the field events, Ban Jans placed fifth in the high jump with 5’6” and Nick Mittlestadt was seventh. The long jump was won by Culp-Bishop with a leap of 20’2.5”, while Kobe Feltner of Troy was fourth, Nagata fifth and Bethel’s Daniel Trimbach placed sixth.
Joe Dippold placed second in the pole vault, as the Troy senior leaped 13’. Mason Doll from Tippecanoe finished third, Troy’s Zane Small seventh and Austin Duling from Tipp was eighth.
Five of the eight shot put placers were local, as Troy’s Travis Hall was the overall champion with 48’9”, Troy’s Christopher Linville was third, and the Tippecanoe trio of Issac Haas (fourth), Montana Dabbelt (seventh) and Chris Garber (eighth) all placed. In the discus, Hall from Troy was third overall with 127’5”, Tipp’s Matt Garber placed fourth, Haas fifth and Troy’s Kameron Block placed sixth.
*The Trojans girls also dominated the competition with a wide margin victory.
In the 100, Celina Counts from Troy placed second with 13.41, with her teammates Kelsey Walters placing third, Jordan Huffman fourth, Taylor Jobe from Tipp finished sixth and Bethel’s Brooklyn Smith finishing eighth.
Courts came back with a second place finish in the 200, while Ashley Barr (Troy) and Walters finishing third and fourth respectively. Tipp’s Lundon Mason placed sixth overall. Barr survived a tough challenge to win the 400 (1:00.91), with Tipp’s Mackenzie Dietz placing third, Troy’s Olivia Tyre fourth, while the Tipp duo of Sammie Rowland placed sixth and Brooke Vissoc seventh, and in eighth was Hana Green of Troy.
The 800 run was won by Troy’s Morgan Gigandet with a 2:22.24, with Dietz third. Also for Troy, Kate Pence was fourth, Ciena Miller placed fifth, and Tipp sophomore Laura Fink placed eighth. Six of the top eight finishers in the 1600 were from either Troy or Tipp, with the winner Gigandet running the race with a dominating 5:06.93. Emma Shigley from Troy was second and Tipp freshman Jillian Brown placed third.
Running in the 3200 was Katie Taylor of Tippecanoe, who finished third with an 11:59.14. Her teammate Abbi Halsey was fourth with Megan Myers and Katie Fetter (both of Troy) placing sixth and seventh.
Caitlyn Cusick from Troy finished third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.30, with Lydia Stueve of Tipp finishing fifth, teammate Taylor Prall finished sixth. In the 300 hurdles, Cusick won the event with a 49.76 with Tipp’s Tori Livesay placing fourth and Bekah Shininger fifth.
The 2000 steeplechase saw Alyse Holter from Troy finishing second (9:02.70), with Tipp’s Annie Martino third, Haylee Wright from Troy sixth and Tipp junior Kayla Bruns placed seventh.
In the 4x1, Troy took first with a 51.46, Tippecanoe placed third and Bethel sixth. The 4x2 saw Tippecanoe capture the title at 1:54.42 and Bethel was fourth. Troy took home second in the 4x4, with Tipp third and Bethel sixth, and finally in the 4x8, Troy took home second, Tipp placed fourth and Bethel was eighth.
Over in the field events, Bethel’s Alaina Hawthorn was second in the high jump at 4’10”, with her teammate Bailey McCabe third. In the long jump, Troy’s Annah Stanley was second with 15’3.75”, with Tipp’s Rowland third, Kayla Hemm finished fourth from Troy and Kayla Grable from Bethel fifth. Also earning points and placing sixth was Cusick from Troy and McCabe from Bethel seventh.
Christine Moser won the pole vault, as the Troy sophomore vaulted 10-feet. Troy’s Lilli Cusick was third with Tippecanoe’s Jaclyn Bashore placing fourth and Lora Current from Troy Christian placing fifth. Sydnie Ferguson from Troy also finished seventh.
Winning another shot put event was Troy’s Walters with a toss of 38’7.25”, with her teammate Alaura Holycross placing third. Finally in the discus, Tipp’s Carissa Ferrell placed sixth.