McCordsville’s Houk wins at Mid-Ohio

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As part of the Lucas Oil School of Racing Formula Car Race Series, McCordsville’s Ayrton Houk won the second of two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Tuesday.

Starting second in the second race, Houk moved his way to the front of the pack to pick up his first victory in the series this season. He is fourth in the overall standings.

Houk’s win was in the ninth race of the season, marking the halfway point of the 18-race schedule. There are two more races at Mid-Ohio today. Three races will be contested at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 1-2. The season ends with four races in two days, Oct. 24-25, at Sebring International Speedway in Sebring, Fla.

Rankin earns academic recognition

Anderson University senior softball pitcher/outfielder Lexi Rankin, who played high school softball at Greenfield-Central, earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete honors. The NFCA recognized softball players with at least a 3.50 GPA for the 2021-22 season.

Rankin earned NFCA Scholar Athlete honors for the first time.

Anderson University also received the NFCA Team GPA Award for the second year in a row. The NFCA recognized softball teams with at least a 3.0 GPA for the 2021-22 year.

Bennett finishes 13th in long jump

McCordsville’s Doran Bennett, a third-grader at Fortville Elementary, competed in three events at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., last week.

Bennett competed in the long jump, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash.

He had a best finish of 13th in the 8-and-under long jump with a distance of 3.11 meters (10-feet, 2 ½ inches). Bennett was 38th in the 400 preliminaries with a time of 1:25.91. He ran a time of 35.18 seconds to finish 51st in the 200 prelims.

MV athletic boosters to host event

A Booster Blast event hosted by Mt. Vernon Athletic Boosters will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Mt. Vernon High School athletic fields.

All ages are welcome for food, games, prizes, silent auction, cornhole and inflatables. Wristbands for unlimited games and inflatables are $10. For more, visit MaraudersAthletics.com.

Dining event to benefit dance team

The Mt. Vernon Gold Intensity dance team will benefit from a Dine to Donate event 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.

Leo’s Market and Eatery new building in McCordsville will donate 20 percent of all eatery proceeds to the team. Leo’s is located at 8956 N. 600W., McCordsville.

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