In one of the largest track meets in the state, both Tippecanoe and Troy sent their teams to Wayne last week to compete in the Wayne Invitational.
In the 4000 distance medley relay, both Troy and Tippecanoe competed and finished outside of the top eight, as Troy finished 17th overall and the Red Devils were 20th.
The Red Devils had two runners in the top 15 of the 3200 Rising Stars event, as Tim Andrews placed seventh with a 10:09.52, and Jordan Brown was 14that 10:28.77. Parker Hench was the highest placer for the Trojans finishing 26th overall.
While none of the area runners advancing to the finals in the short sprints, the 400 saw Tipp’s Nathan Hamberg finish 26th overall with a 53.44, while Timmy Farrier of Troy was 28th.
In the 800 the best local finish went to Thomas Chaney of Tippecanoe who finished 37th overall running a 2:08.64 with teammate Zach Dix finishing 40th.
Stephen Jones of Troy brought home a title in the 3200 run, as the senior ran a 9:09.14, finishing comfortably ahead of his closest competitor. Finishing 18th overall was Bethel sophomore Korry Hamlin as he ran a 10:04.99.
Zach Boyer finished 16th overall in the 300 hurdles, running a 41.65.
In the relays, Troy ran well in the 4x1 with a tenth place finish with a 44.57, with Tippecanoe running to a 28th place finish (49:03). The 4x2 team from Troy finished 11th overall with a 1:33.28 while Tipp was 24th.
Troy battled in the 4x4 and placed 13th with a time of 3:36.36, with Tipp running 16th at 3:38.17. Finally in the 4x8, the Red Devils finished 17th, and Troy 22nd.
In the field events, Kobe Feltner finished 12th in the long jump (19’6.25”). Troy’s Travis Hall earned Troy a team point with an eighth place finish with a toss of 49’9.25”, and his teammate Chris Linville was 20th.
Also earning points for Tippecanoe was Matt Garber in the discus, as he placed seventh with a toss of 134’11”, and teammate Issac Haas was tenth. Hall finished 18th for the Trojans.
The triple jump had Troy’s Hayata Nagata finish 14th with 37’4.25”, and finally in the pole vault, Joe Dippold from Troy placed tenth with a leap of 13’, with Tipp’s Mason Doll finishing 15th and Troy’s Zane Small was 20th.
*In the girls 3200 Rising Stars race, Tippecanoe’s duo of Katie Taylor finished third overall (11:48.80) and Abbi Halsey was fourth (11:50.51). The 1600 Rising Stars race saw Troy freshman Kate Pence finish 13th (5:34.10), with Tipp’s Jillian Brown finishing 21st.
Ashley Barr from Troy finished second in a hard fought 400 dash, running 59.97, with Tippecanoe’s Kaili Titley finished eighth at 1:00.86. In the 800, Tipp’s Makenzie Dietz placed 19th, with Troy’s Olivia Tyre (23rd) and Megan Myers (24th).
Tyre finished 13th overall in the 1600, while in the 3200 it was the Troy super sophomore Morgan Gigandet running 10:48.57, placing her second overall. Teammate Emma Shigley finished 16th.
The Troy 4x2 team just missed placing in the top eight, finishing .12 seconds behind eighth place New Albany. In the 4x4 relay, Tipp finished tenth.
The field events saw Kelsey Walters from Troy shine in the shot put, placing fifth overall with a 38’8.5” toss. Also finishing ninth was teammate Alaura Holycross.
Tipp senior Sammie Rowland also placed ninth in the long jump at 15’10”, and in the pole vault, Troy’s Christine Moser finished fourth overall with a leap of 10’8”.
Both Tippecanoe and Troy will be competing in the Fairmont Invitational tomorrow and Friday in Kettering before the league meets take place next week.