IF the past two years’ dual meets between the Columbus East and Columbus North boys track teams are any indication, today’s meet between the city rivals will go right down to the final event.
Two years ago, the Olympians won the 4x400-meter relay to pull out a 67-65 win against the Bull Dogs. Last year, North held on for a 67-65 victory.
“It’s always going to be close,” East boys coach David Miller said. “We beat them in (the North) invite, but scoring is obviously a lot different in an invitational than it is in a dual, so it’s going to be close. They kids are excited anytime they get to face North.”
The 20th-ranked Olympians won the April 12 North Invitational with 144½ points to 102 for the runner-up Bull Dogs. East is led by senior middle distance runners Jason Kimmet and Jacob Hampton, senior sprinters-long jumpers JT Voelker and Sean Owens, and senior hurdler-high jumper James Robinson.
“They’re a very talented squad,” North coach Lou Sipe said. “Their sprinters are very talented. They have some talent in the field events. I expect it to be a close meet, as always. I expect it to be very competitive and an exciting atmosphere.”
The Bull Dogs are led by senior distance runners Andy Carr and Kaden Eaton and senior 300-meter hurdler Chris Sublette. Sublette, however, was injured while falling over a hurdle in Saturday’s Midwest Prep Invitational and is questionable for today’s meet.
“They’re a good team,” Miller said. “Obviously, their distance is strong, as always, and they have some field event guys who are strong and some sprinters are good.”
The 10th-ranked North girls rolled to victory in its invitational, while the Olympians finished fifth. The Bull Dogs are led by senior distance runner Mackenzie Caldwell, senior 400 runner Gabby Sims, senior thrower Tessa Krempel and junior hurdler Debie Gedeon.
“We have some pretty good athletes, and their accolades kind of speak for themselves,” Sipe said. “But you can’t overlook anybody. We’re going to go over there and give it our best and try to get the job done.”
The East girls are led by senior thrower Sarah Loesch and senior sprinter Andrea Hendrickson.
Girls named Academic All-State
Two Columbus North seniors have been honored as Academic All-State selections in winter sports by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.
Emmy Schabel is on the ICGSA Academic All-State girls basketball team. Megan Heathcote made the ICGSA Academic All-State gymnastics squad.
Freshman named MVP
Freshman Ashley Holliday has been named Most Valuable Gymnast at Columbus North.
Tristan Gregg won the Most Improved Gymnast award, and Megan Heathcote won the Bull Dog Award. Kaitlyn Barnes and Katrina May were named captains for next season.
Dogs, Jets to meet again
The Columbus North and Hauser softball teams have added a game for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hauser.
The Jets and Bull Dogs met in the semifinals of the Brown County Invitational on Saturday. Hauser won that game 6-1 and went on to beat the host Eagles in the title game.
North sets football call-out
The official call-out meeting for the Columbus North football team will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the North High School auxiliary gym, following sports physicals offered by the school’s booster club.
The meeting is for all players who will be in Grades 9 to 12 and at least one parent. Adidas orders also will be taken at the meeting.
East girls soccer call-out set
The Columbus East girls soccer team will have a call-out meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room C104 of East High School.
The informational meeting is for current players and incoming freshmen interested in playing next year at East and their parents. For more information, contact coach Ilya Schwartzman, 378-9938.
North soccer call-outs set Columbus North’s boys and girls soccer call-out meetings will be May 15 in the high school cafeteria for all returning players and interested incoming freshmen.
The boys meeting will be at 6 p.m. for players and their parents. The meeting will focus on the summer schedule, season schedule changes and general expectations.
The girls meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Parents are welcome. Call coach Derek Stewart, 593-4457, with questions.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.