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Versailles Invitational meet

Yellow Springs High School finished fifth at the annual Versailles Track & Field Boys Invitational on Saturday, April 4. The Bulldogs scored 66 points. Minster won with 185.

Although the Bulldogs were missing several athletes because of spring break and SAT testing, the meet did give a clear indication to Head Coach John Gudgel that Yellow Springs will again be a contender for the league championship by season’s end.

Leading the way Saturday were seniors Jake and Brock GunderKline, who teamed with junior Birch Robinson-Hubbuch and sophomore Mitchell Brickson to place fourth in the 4×800-meter relay. Brock came back to win the 800-meter run in 2:04.18 and to run a leg of the runner-up 4×400-meter relay. In that event he teamed with senior Anthony Pettiford, junior Alexis Onfroy and sophomore Josh Meadows to record a fast season-opening at 3:39.56. Twin brother Jake got his win in the 3200-meter run, breaking loose in the final 150 meters to post an area-leading 10:13. Jake finished fifth in the 1600m run in 4:49.4.

In the short sprints, Mario Cosey set the standards for the Bulldogs. The sophomore finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.84, with freshman Logan Norris-Sayres placing sixth. The duo teamed with Tony Parker and Raphael Allen to place fourth in the 4×200 relay. Anthony Pettiford was fifth in the 400-meter dash in 55.66.

In the field events, Yellow Springs junior Chris Johnson leapt 18’5” to place second in the long jump. Raphael Allen was seventh, scoring 2 points, with a jump of 17’3″. Earnest Johnson hurled the discus 118’4” to place seventh in that very competitive event.

The Tuesday, April 7, meet at Welcome Stadium in Dayton was canceled due to weather. The Bulldogs’ next meet is Saturday, April 11, at Cedarville University for the annual Impson Invitational, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, they compete in the Tipp City Quad meet.

Softball season canceled

Yellow Springs Athletics Director Vince Peters made the tough decision last week to cancel the high school softball team’s spring season. After only eight girls participated in the team’s first game with Cedarville, Peters and YSHS Principal John Gudgel met with the team. A poll of the athletes indicated only seven girls could make the next game and only five the game after that.

McKinney School track starts

The girls and boys of the McKinney School traveled north to Greenon High School on Friday, April 3, for the Indian Valley Invitational track & field meet. Despite the frigid temperatures and stiff breeze, it was a high energy and fun outing for the Bulldogs, according to Coaches Peter and Isabelle Dierauer.

Leading the way was the McKinney girls 4×200-meter relay squad. The team surprised the field from 12 area middle schools by winning the event in 2:07.16. The winning squad — Angela Allen, Lois Miller, Talia Boutis and Camera Cross — edged the favored host Indian Valley foursome by just eight-hundredths of a second.

That same excitement was spread throughout the meet for the Bulldog girls.

Seventh-grader Talia Boutis added a seventh place in the 100-meter dash with a fine time of 14.12. In the 400-meter dash, eighth-grader Lois Miller showed the way by winning her heat in 70.96 seconds. She missed winning the event by four-hundredths of a second to Meridith Wesco, who finished the second heat in 70.92 seconds, about two inches faster than Miller. Michaela Roe was seventh in the same race.

In the 4×400-meter relay, Miller and Boutis teamed with Roe and Andee Pettiford to place fifth in 5:19.10.

In the field events, the discus threesome of Ah’Teyonna Coquitt, Sierra Butler and Angela Allen placed fourth with a combined distance of 148’ 2”. Coquitt and Carly Weiner teamed in the shot put for a seventh-place finish to complete the scoring for the girls.

The boys team didn’t score as many points as the girls, but still had their stars. Tops was Eli Biggs in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:07.4 and Roland Newsome in the high jump. Also scoring points was the long jump threesome of Newsome, Biggs and Carter Collins.

The Coaches Dierauer commended the performances of all the athletes as they attempt the various track and field events.

The middle school teams were to compete Wednesday, April 8, in a quad meet at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. Thursday, April 16, they host the Yellow Springs Invitational.

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