May 10, 2012 Bulldog Sports Round-up
- Published: May 10, 2012
Relay wins, YS invite cancelled
The Yellow Springs High School girls 4×800-meter relay proved at their home track last week that lighting can strike twice, delivering a lightning-fast first-place run before lightning from the sky ultimately caused the Bulldog Invitational to be canceled.
The team of Lois Miller, Nicole Worsham, Rikako Kida and Alex Brown bested their higher-ranked opponents, Shawnee Springfield, by nearly 10 seconds, finishing in 10:49.91.
Antone Truss ended up with a share of first in the boys high jump (6´0˝), since that event was halted midway through. He also came in second in the long jump (19´08˝).
AnnDee Pettiford placed fourth in the long jump (13´9˝) and Nick Whalen took sixth in the discus.
Earlier in the week, the meet at Shawnee was also cancelled because of inclement weather. Truss, nevertheless, came away with a second-place finish in the long jump.
Softball scores six in loss
The YSHS softball team pounded out 12 hits and scored six runs at Belmont last week but it wasn’t enough as they lost 26–6.
Senior Katie Triplett continued her offensive onslaught, going 3–3 with two runs batted in. Fellow Senior Leanne Holmes was 2–3 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Freshman secondbaseman Jesi Worsham was 2–4 with two runs scored, including a bunt single and stolen base to start the game.
Every starter but one got a hit during the game, according to Coach Jimmy DeLong.
“Our hitters were getting their swings today,” Coach DeLong said. Though the Bulldogs outhit their opponents 12–8, the YSHS pitchers struggled with control, leading to walks that ultimately scored runs, DeLong said.
The Bulldogs defense turned a double play in the third inning when Worsham came racing in to snare a popup. She completed the double play by quickly tossing the ball to shortstop Holmes.
“Worsham made an outstanding play to get to the ball and then my shortstop Leanne Holmes alertly covered the bag at second to double off the runner,” Coach DeLong said of the play. Holmes further displayed her defensive skills when the next batter hit a hard groundball that deflected off the pitchers glove and Holmes changed direction to glove it. She then fired a bullet to first base to nip the runner and end the inning.
“Holmes is one of the top shortstops in the league this year and she proved it on that play,” Coach DeLong said.
McKinney boys take second
At their home meet, the McKinney Invitational, the boys took the runner-up trophy while the girls placed fifth.
The McKinney pole vaulters dominated the competition. Kaliyah Fulton won the girls competition (4´0˝) and the boys doubled up with Oluka Okia winning with a jump of 7´6˝ ahead of second-place jumper Gabe Trilliana (5´6˝).
The distance runners performed well despite very warm weather. Charlotte Walkey and CJ Johnson won the 800-meter races in times of 2:43.40 and 2:29.31, respectively. Johnson also won the 1600-meter race in a time of 5:18.07 and his teammate Levi Brown placed third in 5:52.04. The girl standout was Walkey, whose 5:58.99 finish in the 1600-meter earned her second place.
Joe Plumer proved he is the backbone the team in field events, winning the discus competition with a toss of 97´04˝ and placing second in the shot put with a throw of 32´ 5.75˝. Dee Johnson has continued to improve over the season, placing fifth in the discus with a throw of 68´03˝.
All hurdle races were very competitive. In the 100-meter hurdles both Olivia Brintlinger-Conn (20.30) and Kaner Butler (19.46) placed third. Brintlinger-Conn placed second in the 200-meter hurdles in time of 34.30. Record-holder Julian Roberts was running the 200-meter hurdles back to back to her 4×200-meter relay leg and placed fifth in a time of 35.17.
Another highlight of the evening was the boys high jump where Kaner Butler and Oluka Okia tied for second place with jumps of 5 feet.
Roberts, a sprinter standout, was able to break the 30-second mark in the 200-meter race and took third in a time of 29.99 seconds. A 400-meter race first-timer Maya Creighton ran a solid race and placed sixth in at time of 1:16.40. Brintlinger-Conn also tried a new event and placed sixth in the 100-meter dash in 14.27.
A dramatic second-place run by the 4×400-meter squad of Cameron Haught, Levi Brown, Hayden Orme and Johnson (in 4:29.77) secured the runner up trophy for the team.