’Busco boys, Columbia City girls win Whitley County track meet

Cassidy Burdge leaps in the air for the long jump.

Maggie Burritta gets ready to perform in pole vault.

Isaac Rammey jumps over the bar before landing on the mat at the Whitley County track meet at Whitko last week.

Dakota Stephens lays horizontally in his attempt to clear the bar.

Chad Ebbinghouse extends his arms hoping to jump over the bar without it falling.

Lillie Oddou (front) and Lauren Keller (back) lead the pack.

Nathan Oilar grips on to the pole as he attempts to go over the bar.

Holden Scharfer smiles as he leads the race.

By Justin Hunter


SOUTH WHITLEY — Churubusco’s boys track team defeated second place Columbia City and Whitko March 29 at the county track meet. In the girls meet, Columbia City outperformed both Churubusco and second place Whitko.

Churubusco helped its case when the boys took first place in the 3,200-meter and 400-meter races. Columbia City won the 1,600-meter race, but Churubusco came in second to have the advantage in the relay events.

Brayden Simmons helped Churubusco in a major way when he took first place in discus and second place in shot put, falling to Columbia City’s Gavin Howard.

Nick Murphy won the 110-meter hurdles. Murphy also took first place in the 300-meter hurdles.

Columbia City’s Heath Atkins won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 10 inches.

The 1,600-meter race was taken by Churubusco’s Jacob Eyer, just outrunning teammate Trey Springer by 0.2 seconds. Eyer also won the 800-meter race, with Springer again taking second behind his teammate.

Churubusco’s Zach Bultemeier won the 100-meter dash to add to the Eagles’ lead. Alex Scharpenberg won the high jump for Columbia City to secure the Eagles’ runner-up status.

Tim Hearld also helped Columbia City by winning both the 400-meter and 200-meter races.

Columbia City’s girls track team was dominant, winning both the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter relays. Mariah Schaefer took first place in the 110-meter hurdles. Schafer also took second place in the 300-meter hurdles. First place was won by Churubusco’s Rachel Jacquay, who also won the pole vault.

Whitko’s Lyndsey Sapp took first place in shotput and discus. Suzanne Sickafoose also finished in first place for the Wildcats in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter.

Burdge won the high jump and long jump for Columbia City.

Columbia City’s Lillie Oddou won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter race. Jasmine Early won the 800-meter race.

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