COLUMBIA CITY — Churubusco’s boys and Columbia City’s girls won the Eel River Rivalry track meet Thursday night at Columbia City.
Churubusco won the boys meet by 17 points over Whitko and 23 points over Columbia City (69-52-46).
Columbia City’s girls defeated Churubusco by 13 points and Whitko by 33 (71-58-38).
Churubusco’s boys took first place in seven events. Austin McClure won both throwing competitions, with a 143 feet- 8 inch heave in discus and 49-9 toss in shot put. ’Busco’s girls also won the throwing events, with Heather and Katie Monk taking first and second in both events, respectively.
Whitko’s Alec Wilkinson won the pole vault with a 13-foot vault, followed by Zach Adams of Churubusco and Columbia City’s Lucas Hahn.
Churubusco’s Kinzie Hogeston won the girls pole vault, followed by Columbia City’s Megan Deutsch.
Columbia City’s boys took first and second place in the mile run (Evan Harney and Adam Bernhard) and Whitko’s Jude Stieglitz placed third in the event. Wildcat Connor Stouder took first in the 100-meter dash with an 11.24 time, followed by Matt Rethlake of Columbia City and Cody Conwell of Churubusco.
Also taking first for Whitko was Jordan Sims in the 300-meter hurdles, beating Hahn (second) and Boggass (third) with a time of 42.51 seconds.
Boggass won the 110-meter high-hurdles over Hahn by .14 seconds. Columbia City’s Rethlake won both the long jump and the high jump.
Rethlake lept six inches higher than his nearest opponent, Layne Fulk of Churubusco, in the high jump at six feet.
Whitko’s Trapper Mize took first place in the 800-meter run and Churubusco’s Conwell won the 400-meter dash.
’Busco’s Heath Wiggins won the 200-meter dash, just a fraction of a second ahead of CC’s Rethlake (23.67-23.75). Whitko’s Brady Herendeen took third.
The Wildcats won the 3200-meter relay, while Churubusco controlled the other two team events (400- and 1600-meter relays).
In the girls meet, all three teams split the relay events, with ’Busco winning the 400-meter relay, Whitko taking the 1600 and Columbia City placing first in the 3200-meter relay.
Columbia City’s girls won seven events, including five first-place finishes by Lady Eagle sophomores Kalisha Goree, Brooke Werstler, Samantha Roush and Erin Knepple.
Goree won the long jump and 100-meter hurdles, and also placed second in the high jump behind teammate Carlee Hearld, who jumped 5-4. Danielle Pippenger of ’Busco placed second behind Goree in both events. Pippenger beat Goree in the 300-meter hurdles by two seconds.
Knepple took first in the 800-meter run, ahead of Whitko’s Holly Frantz and Churubusco’s Molly Blake.
Columbia City took first, second and third in the mile run, led by Roush, Samina Qureshi and Tiffany Harbor. The Lady Eagles also faired well in the two-mile run, taking the top four places. Brooke Werstler won, followed by Kristen Shively, Harbor and Shelby Allison.
Whitko’s Josie Sparks was the Lady Wildcats’ lone first-place finisher, winning the 400-meter dash over Columbia City’s Deutsch by one second and four seconds ahead of third-place Brittany McKinney of Churubusco.
’Busco’s Summers won the 100- and 200-meter dash. Whitko’s Sparks got second by a fraction of a second (27.21-27.59) in the 200.