TRC Championships Run Into The Night
The Three Rivers Conference may have started Friday evening, but by the time teams began boarding buses for the hour-plus drives for many back to their schools from Maconaquah, Saturday had already started.
A lightning delay was part of the culprit for the length of the TRC Track Championships, but also a freezing cold night on a slick track saw some of the marquee matchups in the conference lose a little of its zip.
Despite all the factors, Rochester will take home two championships, winning the boys team title with 101 points to Manchester’s 91, Wabash’s 88 and Tippecanoe Valley’s 82. On the girls side, the Lady Zebras won going away with 140.5 points, with Manchester at 109, Wabash at 87.5. Tippecanoe Valley was seventh at 43 points.
As for the Vikings, Dawson Perkins claimed its only TRC championship, sailing to a 5-10 clearing of the high jump for the title. The boys team had a handful of runner-up spots. Rex Kirchenstien was second in the 100 dash at 12.08, Braden Shepherd measured 20-7.5 in long jump and Wade Melanson sent the pill 47-9 in shot put.
Other top finishes for Valley included Kirchenstien in third in the 200 (23.88), Dalton Alber in third in the shot put (44-10.5), the 4×1 relay was third (45.85) and Melanson added a fourth in discus (133-05).
On the girls’ side, Sidney Wagner had three top-threes at the meet. Wagner was third in the 400 dash (1:06.72), third in the pole vault (7-6), and third in the high jump (4-6).
Chesnee Miller was third in the two-mile (12:50.46) and fourth in the long jump (15-5.5), Ava Smith was fifth in the 200 (29.65), Chloe Shepherd was fifth in discus (99-03) and the 4×800 relay was fifth (11:54.40).
NorthWood Takes Second At Goshen Relays
Culver Academy staved off NorthWood for the Class B team title at Saturday’s Goshen Relays girls track event.
NorthWood had one championship winner, the 4×100 shuttle relay team of Reagan Koble, Joslyn Miller, MacKenzie Brewer and Hannah Chupp completing the race in 1:10.28.
The Lady Panthers had a handful of runner-up spots, including its distance medley (14:37.33), its 4×400 (4:35.55) and 4×800 (11:01.03), the 800 sprint medley (2:01.41), and also had Aaliyah Bonner and Jessie Price both jump 4-2 in high jump, and Karissa Kauffman toss the shot put 32-2 for third place.
The Academy scored 110 points to best NorthWood’s 94 points atop the Class B standings.
Wawasee took part in Class A activities.
Dylan Konieczny had Wawasee’s best output, a 5-0, second-place result in high jump. Konieczny was also sixth in the long jump (15-6.5) with teammate Alissa Gill one place behind at 14-7.25.
Lindsey Doss was third (99-2) and Emma Yoder fourth (97-8) in discus, Brooklynn Gibson sixth in shot put (29-5) and the 800 sprint medley of Konieczny, Gill, Kaydence Shepherd and McKenzie Long were fourth with a 2:02.62.
“Had a good time today,” said Wawasee head coach Jose Lopez. “Girls were able to come away with a couple second places. Overall, very happy with the girls. On to conference on Tuesday.”
Penn won the Class A title with 96 points, beating Fort Wayne Northrop by four points. Wawasee had 22 points for seventh place.