Southsider Voice correspondent
Center Grove’s boys track team overcame a bold challenge from Whiteland to capture the Johnson County Track and Field Championships at Franklin for the 16th consecutive time.
The Trojans’ girls squad won six events and swept all three relays April 23 for its 11th straight county crown by defeating Greenwood 192-158.
Led by Justin Veteto, who broke two records, the Trojans won the 200-meter dash and two relays to edge Whiteland 166-153. Veteto set meet records of 14.09 seconds in the 110 hurdles and 38.30 seconds in 300 hurdles. CG’s Zach Hart took the 200 in 22.27.
The Trojans ran to victory in the 4-by-400 relay in 3 minutes, 26.89 seconds with Evan Tandy, Hart, Zak Smith and Veteto, and the 4-by-800 relay in 8:40.87 with Brad Bennett, Connor Campbell, Nathan Fill and Reed Sauter.
Greenwood senior David Dalton swept all of the long-distance events. Dalton, a Purdue cross country and track recruit, won the 800-meter run (1:59.60), 1,600 run (4:34.02) and 3,200 run (9:39.99) in the six-team meet.
The Woodmen were fourth with 112 points.
Center Grove’s girls winners were: Olivia Rassel, 100, 12.14 seconds; Kiara Mablen, 200, 26.19; Lauren Rau, 400, 1:02.62; Tori Long, 300 hurdles, 49.75; high jump, Taylor Pennington, high jump, 5-6; Melissa Nelson, pole vault, 10-0.
CG’s champion relay members in the 4-by-100 (50.66): Aaliyah Clinker, Allison Utterback, Kiara Mablen, Rassel; 4-by-400 (4:12.23): Clinker, Rau, Rassel, Alyssa King; 4-by-800 (10.18.44): Alexa Kovacs, Lindsey Kovacs, Rachel Dever, Taylor Hickey.
Greenwood’s Tori Harper won the 100 hurdles in 16.42 and finished ahead of teammate Rachel Krutulis and captured the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, one-quarter inch. Sophomore Allie Dalton won the 3,200 in 11:49.15.
Falcons take four events
Perry Meridian produced two boys and two girls winners Saturday in the Bill Self Invitational at Franklin.
Stathis Krauth captured the 400-meter run in 50.39, and Isaiah White took the 1,600 run in 4:27.51 for the Falcons.
In the girls meet, freshman Alexis Hill won the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, 10 inches, and classmate Heather Orr took the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches. Sophomore Davia Wilson was second in the discus with a throw of 104 feet, 2 inches.
Senior Kieran Casey, third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:11.79, was one of three runners to break the meet record in the event and one of four runners to break the mark in the 3,200. Her fourth-place time was 1:20.02.
At North Central in the Charlie Riley Invitational, Center Grove’s Veteto was a double winner Saturday in hurdles, setting a meet record of 37.79 in the 300 hurdles and winning the 110 hurdles in 14.15. CG’s Pennington won the girls high jump at five feet, six inches.
Ranked No. 8 in the state, Greenwood’s girls tennis team defended its Johnson County title Saturday by defeating rival Center Grove 4-1.
The Woodmen, coached by Steve Gantz, swept all three singles matches with No. 1 Jade Kawamoto and No. 2 Jackie Kawamoto, the 2013 No. 1 singles champion, each winning their matches in two straight 6-0 sets. Greenwood’s No. 3 singles player, McKenzie Estrem, defeated Maddie Weeks of Center Grove 6-3, 6-0.
Center Grove’s No. 1 duo of Kaitlyn Walsh and Madison Smeathers defeated Greenwood’s Ali Youngman and Joanna Moran in a 5-7, 6-0, 10-8 thriller. Greenwood’s Ally Newman and Molly Jacobs won No. 2 doubles over CG’s Kim Spinder and Rachel Cravens 6-4, 6-4.
Flashes earn softball title
Franklin Central won its four-team tourney Saturday by dominating Whiteland 13-5 as Jimmy Yates drove in four Flashes. FC reached the title game by shutting out Triton Central 10-0 behind pitcher Jake Potee. Jon Knies had three hits and drove in three runs.
Lutheran scored 47 runs and belted 31 hits in a twin bill at Edinburgh, where the Saints dominated the Lancers 28-0 and 19-3 Saturday. Seth Hougeson had three hits, including a homer, and drove in five runs in the opener. Eli Pritt had a homer and knocked in three teammates in the second game. Edinburgh had eight errors in the first contest and four in the second.