Both Troy and Tippecanoe finished in the top half of the final standings last week at the Fairmont Firebird Invitational held in Kettering. In the boys’ race, Troy placed fourth overall with 78.5 points, while Tippecanoe finished seventh with 40 team points.

In the girls’ race, the Trojans placed third overall with 71 points, only seven points behind second place Bellbrook. The Red Devils girls’ matched their male counterparts with a seventh place finish with 51 points.

Boys: Troy’s Demarcus Moody scored in the 100 dash as he placed fifth overall with a time of 11.85, while in the 200 dash, Trojans freshman Jayden Culp-Bishop nearly ran to a victory, falling just short with a 22.47 good enough for second overall. Moody came back in that event and placed eighth to earn a point for the Trojans. The top eight in each event earn points for their team.

In the 400, Tipp’s Nathan Hamberg finished third with 52.33, with his teammate Casey Abney finishing seventh. Troy’s Timmy Farrier also placed sixth.

Tippecanoe’s Jordan Brown finished sixth in the 1600 run with a time of 4:44.04, while in the two-mile 3200 meter race, Tippecanoe junior Keenan Fraylick placed first overall with a time of 10:04.27, earning the Red Devils ten points on the day. Troy’s Andy Smith placed seventh in that event.

Running the 110 hurdles for Troy was Zach Boyer, who placed second with a time of 14.90, while in the relays, several teams placed well. Troy was second in the 4x1 with a time of 44.96, and their 4x2 team finished strong to win that event with a time of 1:33.36. Tipp placed eighth in the 4x2.

In the 4x4, Troy finished second overall with a 3:32.97, and the Red Devils placed fifth. Finally in the 4x8, it was Tippecanoe finishing fifth overall.

The field events saw Troy’s Kameron Block finishing third in the discus with a toss of 135-9, and Tipp’s Matt Garber placed fifth. In the long jump, Culp-Bishop was fourth overall with 19-6.75, while Troy’s Luke Robinson was sixth in the high jump. In the pole vault, Joe Dippold from Troy was second at 13-feet, with Tipp’s Mason Doll tied for fourth with Troy’s Anish Gollamudi and Tipp junior Austin Duling placed seventh.

*For the girls, Tipp’s Annie Martino was seventh in the 2000 Steeplechase with a time of 8:56.25. Ashley Barr nearly won the 200 dash, as the Troy junior finished in 26.49, just .05 seconds off of the pace of the winner. Tipp’s Lunden Mason placed seventh.

In the 400 finals, Tippecanoe freshman Kaili Titley ran to the victory in 1:00.02, with teammate Sammie Rowland fifth. The 800 saw three runners place in the top eight, as Troy’s Megan Myers was fifth with a 2:28.20, Tipp’s Jillian Brown placed sixth and Troy sophomore Emma Shigley was eighth.

The distance races also saw some solid performances, as Tippecanoe freshman Katie Taylor placed sixth overall with 5:25.70, and Shigley placed seventh. In the 3200, Troy’s Olivia Tyre finished fourth (11:45.04), with her teammate Kate Pence fifth and Tipp’s Abby Halsey sixth.

In the relays, Troy captured the 4x1 race with Tipp placing eighth, and the Trojans came back in the 4x2 with another victory in 1:49.23. Tippecanoe took their turn in the 4x4 with a second place finish, with Troy placing seventh, and the Trojans finished seventh in the 4x8.

Tippecanoe junior Carissa Ferrell finished sixth in the girls discus with a throw of 89-10, while Amanda Setser of Troy was eighth. In the shot, Mason placed third for Tipp (31-11) with Troy’s Hannah Simister placing fourth.

In the high jump, Troy’s Dasia Cole placed second at 5-3, while the long jump saw Tipp’s Rowland place third (15-5.5) and Kayla Hemm of Troy finished seventh. Finally in the pole vault, it was Troy’s Christine Moser placing fifth (9-6).