In the girls competition of Columbus East’s three-way meet featuring Jennings County and Brownstown Central, things were looking rather close.
Not so much in the boys meet.
While Jennings County, which scored 66 points, was able to squeak by Columbus East (63) and Brownstown (37), the Olympians surged through the boys portion Thursday and won 95-39 against the Panthers, while the Brownstown boys had 34.
“It was a good win,” East boys coach David Miller said of the boys meet. “It’s always a positive thing to end a long night with a win. The kids are healthy and had to face some good competition today.”
James Robinson won the high jump, 110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles to lead the Olympians. East also got wins from Jacob Hampton in the long jump, Jason Kimmet in the 400, Sean Owens in the 200 and Matt Buffo in pole vault. The Olympians swept the 4x800, 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Miller said his team will continue to improve.
“We are still trying to see where guys fit in,” Miller said. “I still don’t think we are at our best yet. We are still trying to get are best times in with a lot of season left, and you can tell we are ready to get better.”
The Panthers got wins from Tom Alsup in the shot and discus, and Jonah Woods in the 3,200.
“I think we were pretty tired today,” Jennings County boys coach Bill Ludwig said. “Even with that, we had some good performances. We had some guys step up for us and get some wins, but with a team like East pulling away like they did, it’s pretty hard to compete with that.”
Panthers girls coach Brian Guthrie said the team was able to get close wins, which proved to be the deciding factor.
“We had a few individuals go above and beyond for us,” Guthrie said. “I’m real fortunate to have the girls I have this year.”
The Panthers were led by Keri Ertel, who won in the 100 hurdles as well as 300 hurdles, and boosted the 4x400 meter relay team to a first-place finish as well as the 4x100 meter relay team. Justine Corya won the 200 and 100 dashes, while Rachel Thomas took top honors in the 800.
“We will do everything we can to win,” Guthrie said. “We are growing, we are young, but we have a taste of victory.”
The Olympians notched wins from Sarah Loesch in shot and discus, while Katie Mack won the high jump and the 400. Morgan Ketron won the 3,200, Kira Singer the 1,600 for East, which got a win from its 4x800 relay team.
East girls coach Glen Brown said the team is still showing signs of improvement.
“We performed pretty well,” Brown said. “Because of the weather, we weren’t able to compete lately. (Jennings County) did a really good job keeping after us, and eventually got the win.”
“I’m not disappointed in the girls at all,” Brown said. “They came out, competed well; it’s just Jennings County was a little better today. I’m ready to see us facing off again during conference.”