Two area girls track athletes had a chance to extend their high school track careers an extra week by competing in Saturday’s Midwest Meet of Champions in Delaware, Ohio.
Trinity Lutheran’s Hailley Peters tied for fifth in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches. Peters made 5-0 on first jump, 5-2 on her third attempt and 5-4 on her second jump before missing three times at 5-6.
Brown County’s Maddy Fields tied for eighth in the pole vault at 11-0. Fields made both 10-6 and 11-0 on her third tries before missing three times at 11-6.
The annual meet features three top seniors from each of three states — Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Ohio won the girls meet with 207 points to 150 1/2 for Michigan and 84 1/2 for Indiana. Ohio also won the boys meet with 179 points, while Michigan edged Indiana 149-147 for second.
Fields, who equaled her personal best, also had made 11-0 in the pole vault at the state meet, where she tied for eighth. Peters also had made 5-4 in the high jump at state, where she finished 10th.
Locals earn academic honors
Four area senior girls athletes have been named first-team Academic All-State in spring sports by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association, while four others made honorable mention.
Columbus East’s Cortney VanLiew and Trinity Lutheran’s Peters made the Academic All-State track team. East’s Kayla Gastineau and Trinity’s Alexis Schneider earned honorable mention honors.
Jennings County’s Sidney Gerkin and South Decatur’s Mackenzie Kopplin are on the Academic All-State softball team. Trinity’s Jodi Goecker made honorable mention.
Trinity’s Leah Stuckwisch earned honorable mention accolades in girls tennis.
Panther named to third team
Jennings County senior Mackenzie Byram has been named third-team All-State in softball by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.
Byram led the Panthers with a .429 average, seven home runs and 26 RBIs this season. She also had six doubles, a triple and 18 runs scored.
North to host golf outing
The Columbus North football team will host its Fourth Annual Golf For the Gridiron outing at 1 p.m. July 21 at Harrison Lake Country Club. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., and lunch will be at noon.
Cost is $100 per player or $400 per team and includes greens fees, cart, range balls, lunch, refreshments and the chance to win prizes. Sponsorships are available, ranging from $125 to $800.