Troy girls track and field cruise to Miami County title

PIQUA — Some things never change at the Miami County girls track and field competition.

The Troy girls turned in another dominating performance — winning with 205 points, while Tippecanoe was second with 145.5 points.

Sprinters Leah Harnish of Troy and Camilla Nicholas did what they do — giving fans their money’s worth.

And Troy’s Sophie Fong continued her record season in the pole vault.

At the same time, Miami East thrower Annika Paton describer her wins in the shot put and discus as upsets.

Harnish and Nicholas squared off in three races Tuesday night at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field — going 1-2 in all three races.

Nicholas gained the early advantage, winning the 100 in 12.56 to Harnish’s 12.61.

“I always enjoy running against Leah (Harnish),” Nicholas said. “We definitely push each other. I am still working my way back from a foot injury. I haven’t run by my best races yet, but I will get there.”

Harnish answered by winning the 400 in 58.30 to Nicholas’ 59.60 and taking the 200 in 25.76 to Nicholas’ 26.08.

“I enjoy running in the County meet,” Harnish said. “A little warmer weather would be nice. I love running against Camilla (Nicholas). She is really nice and we definitely make each other better.”

Fong may not break every meet record this year when she vaults, but she did it for the third time Tuesday night.

The senior, who has the school record of 12-9, cleared 12-1 to win the pole vault and break the meet record.

“That would be really cool if I did,” Fong said with a laugh about breaking every meet record this year. “I want to get as many as I can.”

And like the previous two, the Miami County meet record held significance for her.

“It was cold, but I knew with the record being 12-feet, there was a good probability I could get it,” Fong said. “I really wanted to get it. My assistant coach (Mackenzie Wills Wojciechowski) had the meet record. She was a great vaulter for Troy Christian. This has always been one of my favorite meets.

“I guess because it was one of my best meets my freshman year. I didn’t do as well the last two years, so I wanted to get the record. And I enjoy competing in this meet and with everyone that is at this meet.”

Paton didn’t look at herself as a favorite in the shot put or discus — but won both.

She took the shot put with a put of 31-3 1-2 and won the discus with a throw of 113-5.

“I was hopeful I could win both,” Paton said. “I thought I had a good chance. I didn’t have the best throw coming in to the meet in either event, so it was a nice little upset for me.”

Also winning for Troy were Anna Boezi, 300 hurdles, 48.53; Renee Kovacs, 3,200, 12:02.48; and Kaylee Ludy, high jump, 4-10.

Finishing second were Boezi, 100 hurdles, 16.65; Josie Kleinhenz, high jump, 4-10; Lena Walker, discus, 108-10; Hannah Duff, pole vault, 10-0; Alexis Caplinger, shot put, 30-4; and the 400 relay, 54.49.

Taking third were Hannah Stegemann, 300 hurdles, 53.74; Kleinhenz, discus, 106-0; Kiyah Baker, shot put, 29-7 1-2 and Alyssa Kern, pole vault, 9-0.

Tippecanoe got wins from Annie Sinning, 1,600, 5:26.55; Kelsey McClurg, 100 hurdles, 16.63; the 400 relay, 52.97; and the 3,200 relay, 10:45.12.

Taking second were McClurg, 300 hurdles, 48.80; Shelby Hept, 3,200, 12:23.44; and the 800 relay, 2:01.50.

Finishing third were Alex Foster, 400, 62.91; Maddi Moran, 200, 28.31; Isa Ramos, 3,200, 12:26.63; and Alissa Magoto, high jump, 4-10.

Milton-Union finished third.

The Bulldogs were led by Annie Smith and Jenna Brumbaugh.

Smith took second in the long jump, 14-10 1-4 and third in the 100 hurdles, 17.31 and Brumbaugh was third in the 100, 13.60 and long jump, 14-10.

Ty Parsons took third in the 800, 2:39.86 and the 3,200 relay was third, 11:10.97.

Paton led Miami East to a fourth-place finish.

Finishing second was the 3,200 relay, 16.65 and taking third was the 1,600 relay, 4:32.21.

Nicholas led Piqua to a fifth-place finish.

Led by a strong showing from McKenna Downing, Newton took sixth.

Downing won the 800, 2:28.78 and took second in the 1,600, 5:28.20.

Rylie Hess won the long jump, 15-3 1-4 and finishing third were the 400 relay, 56.43; and the 800 relay, 2:02.44.

Covington finished seventh, led by Elyza Long.

Long took second in the 800, 2:33.75 and third in the 1,600, 5:37.58.

Covington was second in the 1,600 relay, 4:23.02.

Bethel took eighth.

The Bees were led by a win in the 1,600 relay (Lydia Brannan, Karley Moore, Sarah Newton, Tori Veldman), 4:32.28.

Troy Christian finished ninth, getting a win from the 800 relay (Hope Carroll, Kyndle Scales, Meghan Swartz, Lise Parker), 1:59.68.