By Josh Brown
GREENVILLE — Miami County runners dominated the Greenville Treaty City Invitational cross country meet Saturday morning, with four individual champions and one team title among the six varsity races.
Troy’s Morgan Gigandet won for the third time in as many tries, running a time of 18:37 in the Division I girls race to lead the Trojan girls to a fourth-place finish. Kate Pence was fourth (20:40), Megan Myers was fifth (20:43), Haley Huelsman was 28th (22:30) and Katie Castaneda was 32nd (22:50).
“The team finished fourth, a mere eight points from winning the entire race,” Troy girls coach Kevin Alexander said. “Having three girls in the top five was impressive. Morgan led wire-to-wire, and Megan had a solid race rebounding from a foot ailment earlier in the week.”
And in the boys D-I race, Troy’s Stephen Jones won (16:30), Parker Hench was 12th (18:25), Andy Smith was 16th (18:40), Pete Sheehan was 28th (19:06) and Adam Falknor was 37th (19:32) as the Trojans finished third with 92 points, edging Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division rival Butler by a point.
The Tippecanoe girls picked up a team victory in addition to an individual one, winning the D-II race with 20 points — with five girls in the top eight. Kaili Titley won (20:08, Katie Taylor was second (20:32), Stephanie Fink was fourth (21:26), Jillian Brown was fifth (21:35) and Emily Wolfe was eighth (22:09).
Tippecanoe’s boys were second in the D-II race with 38 points, three behind champion Versailles as the Devils held out a few of their big guns. Ben Jans was fourth (18:44), Noah Ballard was seventh (18:51), Adam Rindler was eighth (18:53), Josh May was ninth (19:16) and Ethan Sinning was 10th (19:21).
In the D-III boys race, Newton’s Brady McBride won in a time of 16:33 — three seconds off of Troy’s Jones’ fastest time of the day. As a team, Newton was fourth as Ryan Mollette finished eighth (18:31), Atley King finished 12th (18:37), Tristen Benedict finished 35th (19:42) and Brett Sullivan finished 71st (20:54).
Bradford’s Karmen Knepp (fourth, 21:11) and Newton’s Macy Flanary (seventh, 21:28) led the local finishers in the girls D-III race.
COVINGTON — The Milton-Union boys and host Covington girls both turned in runner-up finishes as teams Saturday at the Buccaneer FOE 3998 Invitational in Covington.
On the boys side, the Bulldogs were second with 52 points, six behind champion Russia. Shannon Milnickel was fourth (17:53), Will Brock was fifth (17:58), River Spicer was 10th (18:16), Colton Graumen was 12th (18:32) and Liam Godin was 21st (19:26).
Covington’s boys were third with 84 points. Ryan Ford was ninth (18:15), Jared Ford was 11th (18:32), Conner Ryan was 14th (18:50), Josh Sowers was 23rd (19:38) and Nathan Lyle was 27th (19:50).
Miami East’s boys were fourth with 102 points. Luke Mengos was 15th (18:50), Noah Shook was 18th (19:10), Justin Deweese was 20th (19:26), Keagan Carsey was 25th (19:41) and Brandon Mack was 25th (19:45).
Nick Pratt led Troy Christian’s boys in 16th (18:56) as the Eagles finished eighth (190 points), and Connor Whelan led Bethel in 55th (21:48) as the Bees finished 10th (286 points).
On the girls side, the Buccaneers were second with 47 points, 13 behind champion Russia. Carly Shell was fourth (20:49), Paige Boehringer was fifth (21:04), Anna Dunn was sixth (21:04), Kelsey Dysinger was 16th (22:27) and Ashlyn Plessinger was 18th (22:44).
Miami East’s girls were third with 71 points. Lorenza Savini was third (20:39), Marie Ewing was ninth (21:35), Lindsey Yingst was 10th (21:44), Emma Deweese was 12th (22:04) and Meredith Richters was 44th (25:45).
Milton-Union’s girls were fourth with 121 points. Kira Rohr was 19th (23:05), Megan Trittschuh was 20th (23:06), Kyley Jacobe was 31st (24:29), Kyli Parsons was 33rd (24:33) and Kayla Blanton was 35th (24:46).
Kaylee Baugh (45th, 25:48) led Bethel’s girls, while Hyla Pitsenbarger (75th, 31:46) led Troy Christian’s girls.
* Girls Golf
LIMA — The Tippecanoe girls golf team won its second straight LCC Invitational Saturday, winning the “blue” division for the second year in a row with a team score of 359.
Tori Merrick shot a career-best 78, Ally Chitwood shot 85, Sammie Rowland shot 93, Taylor Hudson shot 103 and Emily Doll shot 135.
The victory was also the fourth for the Red Devils this season in an 18-hole invitational. Tippecanoe returns to Central Buckeye Conference play Tuesday, traveling to Springfield Shawnee.
* Boys Soccer
Newton 5, Lehman 0
SIDNEY — Treyton Lavy had a hat trick Saturday to lead the Newton boys soccer team to an impressive 5-0 victory over the Lehman Cavaliers on the road.
In addition to Lavy’s three goals, Nick Honeycutt scored a pair of goals. Kyle Demido, Seth Courtney and Britton Schauer each had an assist.
Newton (4-0-1) hosts Franklin Monroe Thursday in a huge Cross County Conference showdown.
* Girls Soccer
Lehman 4, Newton 0
SIDNEY — Newton’s girls soccer team couldn’t find a way to score on Lehman’s defense in a 4-0 loss Saturday.
Kaitrin O’Leary and Sarah Fuller each scored two goals, Fuller added two assists and Grace Olding had one assist.
Newton hosts Franklin Monroe Thursday.
M-U 3, TCN 0
LEWISBURG — Milton-Union’s volleyball team put the finishing touches on a 3-0 week Saturday morning, sweeping Tri-County North on the road 25-18, 25-23, 25-18.
“We were a bit sluggish after an emotional win on Thursday, but we had enough left today,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “We spotted them leads in all three sets but came back to win each one. In the second, we overcame an eight-point deficit.”
Lauren Craig had 13 assists and also two kills to lead the way, Michaela Fullmer had nine kills and Olivia Brown had three kills and three blocks.
Milton-Union (3-1) travels to Madison Tuesday.
FM 3, TC 0
PITSBURG — Troy Christian lost in three at Franklin Monroe Saturday, falling 25-15, 25-11, 25-14.
Jenna Bullock led the Eagles with nine assists and 12 digs, Kathyrn Lee had five kills and six blocks and Jenna Grady had three kills and 10 blocks.
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