PIQUA — The Tippecanoe boys track and field team used balance and depth to win the team title at the Miami County Invitational Tuesday night at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field.
And Troy’s Gavin Hutchinson and Piqua’s Jasiah Medley knew who their toughest competition would be.
And they were up to the challenge twice.
Hutchinson swept the 1,600 and 800 Tuesday, with Miami East’s Elijah Willmeth giving him a battle in both races.
They ran the 1,600 first — with Willmeth leading the second and third laps, before Hutchinson passed him on the final lap.
Hutchinson won in 4:45.62, while Willmeth was second in 4:49.82.
In the 800, it was a repeat with Willmeth leading until Hutchinson passed him with about 200 yards remaining.
“I felt strong in the 1,600,” Hutchinson said. “That took a lot out of me, so I didn’t feel as strong in the 800, but I was able to get it done. It is always nice to run against some other schools at this meet. I knew he (Elijah Willmeth) would be my biggest competition.”
Medley swept the 100 and 200 — with Troy’s Colin Stoltz in close pursuit.
Medley won the 100 in 11.38 to Stoltz’s 11.41 and took the 200 in 22.87, while Tippecanoe’s Grayson Ring was second in 22.98 and Stoltz was third in 23.43.
“I knew after I saw his time in the first meet of the year (in the 100) that he (Colin Stoltz) would be close to me,” Medley said. “I talk to him all the time. He is a great kid. I always enjoy running in this meet. Especially to see all the other runners in the County. I am really looking forward to some warmer weather.”
Tipp finished with 154.33 points, while Troy was second with 121.5.
Winning for Tipp were Gavin Garlitz, 110 hurdles, 16.22; Ring, high jump, 6-0; Evan Liette, long jump, 18-10 1-2 and the 3,200 relay, 8:53.81.
Also finishing second were Griffin Caldwell, 300 hurdles, 44.22; Dylan Taylor, 10:33.46; Zach Butera, long jump, 18-10; the 400 relay, 45.26; and the 1,600 relay, 3:36.19.
Taking third were Jordan Suebert, 300 hurdles, 45.06; and Allan Murray, 800, 2:08.45.
Also winning for Troy was Devon Strobel, discus, 124-8.
Also taking second was the 800 relay, 1:37.28.
Finishing third were Aiden Coleman, 110 hurdles, 17.67. Matthew Spayde, 1,600, 4:58.57; Kyle McCord, 3,200, 10:36.38; Ethan Martin, pole vault, 13-0; and the 400 relay, 46.76.
Miami East took third.
The Vikings got wins from Jayden Hatcher, 400, 51.74; the 800 relay, 1:34.92 and the 1,600 relay, 3:32.51.
Also taking second was Josh Amheiser, pole vault, 13-0.
Finishing third were Clark Bennett, 400, 52.36; Anthony Putnam, discus, 115-7 and shot put, 40-11; and the 3,200 relay, 9:09.12.
Medley led Piqua to a fourth-place finish.
He also anchored the 400 relay to a win in 45.14.
Taking second were Giovanni Barron, 110 hurdles, 17.40; Ryan Brown, 400, 52.48; Mason Osborne, discus, 120-6; and the 3,200 relay, 9:01.99.
Finishing third were Brown, 100, 11.49; Colton Beougher, long jump, 18-9 3-4; and the 800 relay, 1:39.45.
Milton-Union took fifth.
They were led by an impressive performance by Carter Tinnerman, winning the pole vault with a height of 14-8.
Ray Copeland won the 300 hurdles, 43.69; and took second in the high jump, 5-10.
Covington took sixth, led by Asher Long’s win in the 3,200, 10:01.31.
Hayden Barker took second in the shot put, 41-5 and Jaeden Cole took third in the high jump, 5-6.
Troy Christian finished seventh.
The Eagles got a third-place finish from the 1,600 relay, 3:45.13.
Newton was eighth.
Bethel took ninth, led by Remi Brannan’s win in the shot put, 41-6.
Bradford took 10th.