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Bulldog sports round-up

Girls track wins Bulldog Invite
Three of the seven meet records smashed at Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational were made by the winning Yellow Springs Bulldogs. The feats were accompanied by victories in the discus, mile and 3200-meter runs resulting in the Lady Bulldogs running up a 54-point margin over the second-place Crusaders from Xenia Christian.
Senior Angela Allen obliterated the old 99´ 11˝ record in the discus throw with her winning effort of 106 feet and six inches.

Senior Alex Brown dominated the field in the mile run, contested in honor of Yellow Springs’ nationally known alumnus, distance runner Sam Borchers. Brown took the lead with over two laps to go and ran a final lap in under 80 to break the old meet record of 5:49.2 for a new school record time of 5:33.62. Senior Lois Miller came on strong in the final straight to claim second.

Miller broke the third meet record in the 3200-meter run, destroying the time of 12:03.48 held since 2005 with a run of 11:51.49. She also improved upon a school record she herself registered a week ago.

This year’s winning 4×800-meter relay foursome of Miller, Brown, Niki Worsham and Charlotte Walkey started off the meet with a season-best time of 10:42.28. Last year that team won the league.

The ladies followed with a one-two punch in the Tina Peters race walk, conducted in honor of two-time high school national champ and four-time college national champ. This year’s race was won by senior Worsham with the very quick stride of 4:15.70. Second went to Christina Brewer in the time of 5:03.51.

Then it was up to Rachele Orme to add her own golden double. Orme placed first in both the shot put (25´11˝) and the triple jump (19´0˝). YSHS would also finish second in the 4×200-meter relay and the 4×400-meter relay. Third place points were also earned by Emma Rohmor in the 100-meter dash, Sierra Butler in the discus and Walkey in the 800-meter run.

Tennis players advance
Bulldog tennis players had a great opening round in the sectional tournament this week at Troy High School. In singles Gabriel Day had a dominant win over his Bellefontaine opponent, 6–1, 6–2. Theron Orme played strong but lost to a Cedarville player, 6–2, 6–3. The doubles team of Nick Miller-Jacobson and Grant Riegelsperger also dominated Bellefontaine 6–3,6–1.

Softball gets second win
The Yellow Springs girls softball team continued its torrid hitting at Thurgood Marshall last week. Leading from the plate was Rachele Orme, who hit two long homeruns. Jesi Worsham, Chelsea Horton and Hannah Brown each struck doubles, Mar’ria Miley had five RBIs and Sarah Jako had a clutch, two-out, bases-loaded single in the first inning that plated two runs to pull away 10–0. The Lady Bulldogs won 30–20 in their highest scoring game all season. Orme was the leader of the pack, according to Coach Jimmy DeLong.

“Orme is an aggressive hitter who has quick hands and excellent bat speed, and that combination has produced outstanding results this season,” DeLong said.

Winning pitcher Worsham, who pitched a complete game in her second career start, battled throughout the game and helped her cause on the mound when she tagged two runners out at home on perfect throws by catcher Brown. The Lady Bulldogs defense was also flawless and turned a double play when Worsham ran down a pop-up and then doubled a runner off second base.

Later in the week, YSHS took on undefeated Dayton Christian, which has not lost a league softball game in two years. Dayton pulled away early for the win, but Brown played a standout game, along with pitcher Sierra Lawrence, who put down a perfect bunt that led to two YSHS runs. On offense, sophomore Modjeska Chavez was 2 for 2 with two singles and a run. Maddie Gueth scored a run when Evelyn Green knocked her in with a hard groundball to the shortstop.

Boys track takes fourth
At the 13th annual Yellow Springs Bulldog Invitational, the boys track team had its highest finish of the year, coming in fourth place out of seven teams at the rescheduled meet. The performance of the meet was a first-place finish in the 800-meter racewalk by sophomore David Butcher. Connor Gravley-Novello saw a personal best on the day when he ran the 3200-meter run in 11:11.9 for second place. Oluka Okia pole valuted to second place with a 8´6˝. Teammate Eli Biggs took third in the pole vault.

Fourth-place performances were turned in by Gravley-Novello (one mile run), Bryce White (200-meter run), Kaner Butler (110-meter hurdles), Okia (high jump) and the 4×400-meter relay team of Cameron Henderson, White, Roland Newsome and Ed Johnson. Strong performances were also turned in by Kalonji Cross, Charlie Fenimore, Devon Perry and Aaron Sherwood.

At the Shawnee Invite last week the boys track team finished in 12th out of 13 teams, with Newsome placing sixth in the long jump, Kaner Butler seventh in the 300-meter hurdles and the 4×800-meter relay team of Henderson, White, Newsome and Johnson taking fifth.

Wagner, Orme crush records
At the John Gudgel Invitational track meet last Thursday, McKinney student Amani Wagner tossed the discus to a record 91´08˝, winning the competition and improving on the all-time best mark by over 11 feet. Later Wagner placed third in the shot put with a distance of 31´1.5˝, improving the one-week-old school record from Jasmine Davidson by eight inches.

Hayden Orme won the long jump (16´10.5˝) and then placed in the 110-meter hurdles. However the big race was the 200-meters, where Orme crushed Edward Johnson’s old school record by three seconds, winning the competition in 27.68.

Sprinter Julian Roberts placed second in the 100-meter dash in 14.30 and third in the 200-meter run and the 200-meter hurdles. Kaliyah Fulton won the girls pole vault at 6´.

The boys 4×200 meter team of Joe Plumer, Christian Elam, Kenny McKinley and Rashawn Benners placed second in a time of 1:54.84. Tristian Giardullo won the pole vault with a jump of 7´10˝ and placed second over 200 meters in a time of 27.43. Joe Plumer won the boys discus with a toss of 129´5˝ and placed second in the high jump with a leap of 5´.

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