Daily Reporter staff reports
On the verge of the Hancock County Track and Field Championships, the Greenfield-Central girls took third place Saturday at the Greensburg Invitational.
The Cougars, who will aim for their third consecutive county team title Wednesday at Mt. Vernon, scored 106 points at Greensburg, behind Shelbyville (144) and the host Pirates (125). Monrovia (64), Rushville (28), Oldenburg (18) and Greenwood (four) rounded out the field.
Winners for Greenfield-Central included Maddie Wise, who broke her own school record in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.29 seconds.
Regan Lewis set a meet record with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches in the high jump for a Greenfield-Central win. And the Cougars’ Sydney Cook took first place in the 800 with a time of 2:22.98.
Second-place finishers for the Cougars were Wise (long jump), Rachel Gottwald (400) and Caitey Sosnowski (discus).
The Cougars improved to 24-7 overall.
Mt. Vernon boys take 3rdat 8-team Kokomo Relays
At the 91st Kokomo Relays on Saturday, the Mt. Vernon boys runners grabbed third-place in the eight-team field. Christian Noble took home the 3,200 title for the Marauders.
Setting a new school record in the freshmen sprint medley relay were the Marauders’ Jamal Dixon, Brian Robinson, Alex Carver and Jesse Benbow in 2:50.81.
“Always good to do a relays (event) and shoot for records that don’t come by often,” Mt. Vernon coach Bruce Kendall said. “We had a great shootout with Crown Point in the distance races and were outscored 40 to 37 in those events, a virtual repeat of the state cross country meet, when they finished one spot ahead.”
Crown Point (150.5 points) and Kokomo (93) took the top team spots ahead of the Marauders (76).
The Marauders will attempt to dethrone defending boys county champ Greenfield-Central on Wednesday at Mt. Vernon.
The Mt. Vernon girls also finished third at Kokomo, with 91 points. Warsaw (142) and Noblesville (122) beat the Marauders, who got wins from Olivia Coleman (100, 12.63) and Aubri Benbow (100 hurdles, 17.24).
Coleman also took second in the long jump (16-11), while Cameron McClure was third in the discus (87-10) for the Marauders.
Coleman earned Athlete of the Meet honors.
Defending county champ shines for Dragons
The New Palestine boys track and field squad registered a sixth-place finish in the 10-team Zionsville Invitational on Saturday.
Chris Poturalski, a defending 400 county champ for New Palestine, claimed the 400 blue ribbon at Zionsville.
Marauders, Shelbyville split doubleheader
Zach Spears was commanding on the mound for Mt. Vernon in a 5-1 victory against Shelbyville on Friday in Game 1 of a Hoosier Heritage Conference doubleheader.
Spears collected nine strikeouts with five hits allowed on one earned run.
Noah Powell scored three runs for the Marauders. Christian Smith went 2-for-3, and Brandon Turner, Michael Cripe and Wyatt Vestal each had an RBI.
In Game 2, the host Golden Bears took a 12-0 shutout.
Smith, Cripe and Sam McNeely had one hit apiece.
Mt. Vernon is 5-9 overall and 4-4 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, while Shelbyville is 8-7 on the year an 4-4 in the HHC.
Greenfield-Central defeats Eastern Hancock
At Greenfield-Central on Monday, Doug Berger took the mound for the host Cougars and kept the Royals at bay in a 6-1 victory.
Berger went six innings, allowing no run on two hits with six strikeouts.
Greenfield-Central grabbed control with a five-run second inning on five hits, including a two-RBI double by Seth Adams and a two-RBI by Drey Jameson. Tyler Farrell also had an RBI single for the home team.
The Cougars (5-9) collected 12 hits, while the Royals (9-5) were limited to three hits — singles by Devin Denny, Garek Ferguson and Brandon Reid, who knocked in Ferguson for the Royals’ lone run in the seventh inning.
Eastern Hancock won the junior varsity game, 3-2.
Hauser blanks Royals; junior varsity gets win
Hauser grabbed a 5-0 win against the visiting Eastern Hancock girls Friday.
Chloe Vincz and Tatum Profitt won junior varsity matches for the Royals.
Marauders make easy work of Eagles
Mt. Vernon swept Frankton 5-0 on Monday.
Winners for the visiting Marauders were Cassie York, Sarah Jones and Alaina Nelson at singles and Addison Eads/Emily Annakin and Kendra Eberhard/Brianna Partin at doubles.
“The girls were pumped to win 5-0,” Mt. Vernon coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “They were hot like the ghost pepper.”