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SOUTH WHITLEY — It’s only March and Whitko track and field may have already had its biggest test in the Three Rivers Conference.
Tuesday, the Lady Wildcats faced the team that has kept them from a TRC title the past two seasons.
Despite winning eight events, Wabash couldn’t match the depth of the Lady Wildcats.
Whitko served up the first blow of the season beating Wabash 62-52 before the two teams meet again in the TRC meet May 12.
Senior Aubrey Smith led the way for the Lady Wildcats posting two of Whitko’s six wins on the night.
Smith swept the distance events winning the 1600-meter (6:05) and the 3200 (13:14.19).
Whitko collected 11 second-place finishes. Freshman Taylor Zwick took a finish in each of the top three spots.
Zwick won the long jump at 15-feet, 10-inches. Later, she added a second-place finish in the discus at 77’ 1/2” and third in the 400.
Wabash’s Kelsey Thomas was the top winner for the Lady Apaches taking three wins in the 100, 200 and 400.
Kelsie Boggs finished second in both the 100 and 200 behind Thomas.
Whitko controlled the field winning the shot put with Lindsey Hardesty’s throw of 28’5.”
A second- and third-place finish in the discus helped Whitko along.
Other winners for the Lady Wildcats were: Rachelle Kessie in the 110 hurdles (18.8) and 3200 relay (11:02).
The Whitko boys’ team owned its match-up with Wabash 96-31.
The Wildcats took 12 out of 16 events in the meet.
Three different ’Cats had two wins for Whitko.
Connor Stouder was dubbed the fastest in the sprints with a win in the 100 (11.5) and 200 (22.9).
Skiles rounded out the sweep in the sprints for the Wildcats. Skiles won the 400 in a time of 54.5. The win went along with another win in the long jump (19’5”) for Skiles.
Distance running is one of Whitko’s strongest areas entering the season and the Wildcats showed why.
Trapper Mize led a Wildcat pack in the 800 (2:00) and 1600 (4:41.6) that finished in the top three spots.
Brody Wilson added to the distance dominance with a win in the 3200 at 10:40.6.
Whitko swept the three relay events after taking all but one of the field events.
A sweep of the top three spots in the discus was led by Joe Haywood at 127’3.”
Other winners were: Max Elder and Brent Busz in the high jump (5’10”), Busz in the 110 hurdles (16.7) and Alec Wilkinson in the pole vault (12’).