East boys, girls prevail

Olympians sweep Eagles in road meet

NASHVILLE — Both the Columbus East boys and girls track and field teams tuned up for next week’s Hoosier Hills Conference meets with victories at Brown County on Tuesday.

The East girls had a convincing 75-57 win behind individual double event winners Beyoncey Coleman-Turner and Amanda Potorff. Potorff won the 1,600 meters in 6 minutes 3.48 seconds and the 3,200 in 13:14.78.

Coleman-Turner was struggling keeping her discus throws from scratching going into the meet and said she was glad she recorded a throw. She won the discus with a 106-foot throw and the shot put with a 33-11 effort.

“Every athlete has to go through some growing pains,” East girls coach Glen Brown said. “Hopefully, she is coming out of it at the right time so that next week she is at her best.”

Elena Stoughton won the the high jump (4-10) to give the Olympians their third field-event first-place finish. Cortney VanLiew in the 400 (1:03.11) and Becca Bryan in the 100 hurdles (16.78) led the sprinting events. Lizzy Frazier took the 800 (2:42.41), and East captured the 4×800 relay (12:36.21).

T.C. O’Neal led the field events for the boys team by jumping 21-6½ to win the long jump and 6-4 to win the high jump, leading the Olympians to a 70-62 victory.

“In the long jump, I scratched my first three jumps, but then that last one, I hit perfect and had a pretty good jump,” O’Neal said. “In high jump my first jump felt good.”

Jared Clark won the discus with a 153-0 throw, and Zach Clark threw the shot 48-4 for a first-place finish. Jared Baker won the 110 hurdles in 18.21 while Cam Wilson’s 11.41 time in the 100 earned him a first-place finish. Kolby Mitchell won the 200 in 23.43, and East took the 4×100 relay (44.25).

“Columbus East, we’ve been running against them for a long time, and to be within eight points with the boys is a pretty solid performance,” Brown County coach Rob Abraham said. “That’s just a four-point swing right there.”

Wyatt Wyman led the Eagles with wins in the 1,600 (4:43.11) and 800 in (1:59.8). He also anchored the 4×800 team that placed first (8:24.17). Isaiah Keefauver won the 400 (52.85), and Jordan Dolph took the 300 hurdles (44.08). Zacc Sheppard’s 9-0 pole vault earned him a first-place finish, and Marino Dolph won the 3,200 in 10:36.26. Brown County also took the 4×400 relay (3:44.45).

Kathleen McCann was an individual event winner for the Eagle girls in the 100 (13.07) and 200 (26.99).

“She’s solid,” Abraham said. “She went to state in the 100 last year. We still have to work a little bit on the block starts with her, but she’s pretty good right now.”

Brown County’s Gabby Wright won the 300 hurdles in 53.78 and Elly Wertz took the long jump (16-10½). Maddy Fields also won the pole vault with a 10-0 leap. The Eagles captured the 4×100 (51.92) and 4×400 (4:22.48) relays.

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at fbonner@therepublic.com or 812-379-5632.