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April 10, 2014 Bulldog sports round-up

BASEBALL

Team looks to home opener

This week the Yellow Springs High School boys varsity baseball team plays its home opener against Meadowdale. Players to watch for are the hard-throwing freshman Aakeem Truss as the team’s starting pitcher and Argentine exchange student “Flying Fran” Gelmi playing outfield, according to second-year Coach Ben Cooper.

“We are thrilled to have Chase Barclay back on the team playing right field and second base,” Cooper said. “His courage and confidence is truly inspiring.”

Those interested in supporting the team can purchase a hat or T-shirt by contacting Cooper at bencooper619 {at} yahoo(.)com or 937-532-3794.

TRACK AND FIELD

Truss, Okia go 1–2 in high jump

At the Washington Court House six-team meet during Spring Break, both the YSHS boys and girls track and field squads were at less than full strength. But those who competed acquitted themselves in fine fashion, according to track coach John Gudgel.

The boys team was highlighted by a one-two finish in the high jump by Oluka Okia (1st) and Kaner Butler Jr. (2nd) who both cleared 5´10. The Bulldogs also received a first place in the 4×100-meter relay by the quartet of Cameron Henderson, Bryce White, Hayden Orme and Hafiz Mensah with a time of 47.30 seconds.

A second-place finish was earned by White in the 200 (24.2). In other results, Carter Collins ran the 800-meter in 2:21, good for third place, and Butler Jr. cleared the 300-meter hurdles in 46.3 to place third as well.

Walkey places in distance runs

The girls track and field squad was led by Charlotte Walkey who ran to a first-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21 and she earned a second place in the 1600-meter race with a time of 6:03. Kennedy Harshaw secured second place in the shot put with a toss of 30´9.5˝. Harshaw went on to throw the discus 79´2˝ for a fourth-place finish.

In other results, the 4×100 relay of Ayeshia Allison, Olivia Brintlinger-Conn, AnnDee Pettiford and Aliza Skinner took sixth place in 59.7 seconds and Brintlinger-Conn also got sixth in the 300-meter hurdles.

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