Churubusco hosts Turtletown Invite

Churubusco’s boys track team worked at the girls track invitational completing various tasks, such as working at the podium, pictured above. Nicole Minier

Churubusco sophomore Maddie Gaff heaves the shot put. Nicole Minier

Columbia City’s Lauren Keller and Lillie Oddou compete in the 1,600-meter run. Nicole Minier

A Whitko thrower delivers the shot into the pit. Nicole Minier

Churubusco junior Chassy Gallmeier competes in the shot put.

A Whitko sprinter races to the finish in the 400-meter relay.

Churubusco senior Brien Gross hands off to junior Miranda Mallott in the 400-meter relay.

Two injured Lady Eagles roam around on the infield during the invitation. At left is Maddie Richards and at right is Alana Fulkerson.

Phil Allen was one of several who worked at the finish line of the 23-team invitational.

Columbia City head coach Bob Fahl talks to some of his athletes during the meet.

Seirra Prezmiliski, at left, prepares to run the lead-off leg for the Lady Eagles’ winning 400-meter relay team.

Columbia City’s Gabby Fry and Macy Hill run the 400-meter dash.

Boys track members Tom Wibel and Joe Leazier grill porkburgers for the concession stand.

By Nicole Minier

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco High School hosted 23 track teams at its annual girls Turtletown Invitational Saturday.

The Lady Eagles placed third in the black, small-school division, which was won by Westview. Central Noble placed second, and county-rival Whitko came in 11th.

In the gold, large-school division, East Noble took the title, followed by Columbia City in second.

Black division

Churubusco and Whitko competed in the black division, which was comprised of smaller schools.

Churubusco’s 400-meter relay team of Sierra Prezmeliski, Brien Gross, Brooke Konger and Miranda Mallot won the event. Whitko’s team of Kristina Slater, Charlotte Cripe, Lauren Hollenbaugh and Breanna Keirn finished seventh.

Lady Eagle Audrey Ziegler finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, followed by teammate Heidi Zigler in fifth. Audrey placed third in the 300-meter hurdles, followed by Heidi in 10th.

Churubusco’s Maggie Burrita finished fifth in the 800-meter run, followed by teammate Makenzie Tonkel in eighth. Whitko’s Holly Hathaway and Olivia Stouder came in 13th and 15th, respectively.

Burrita also placed 12th in the 1,200-meter run. Whitko’s Jordan Courter took eighth in the event.

Churubusco’s Brein Gross placed fifth in the 100-meter dash finals. Teammate Brook Konger finished fifth in the 200-meter dash.

The Lady Eagles’ Allie Basinger finished seventh in the two-mile run, and Whitko’s Elizabeth Foutz took ninth.

Whitko’s Ali Weeks came in 13th in the 400-meter dash, followed by teammate Hallie Bennett in 15th.

Churubusco’s 1,600-meter relay team finished third. On the team were Gross, Konger, Mallot and Audrey Zigler. Whitko’s team of Weeks, Stouder, Courter and Hathaway came in eighth.

The Lady Eagles’ 3,200-meter relay team of Makenzie Tonkel, Katelynn Shuman, Brianna Lehman and Burrita finished third.

Burrita took second in pole vault, Shuman took fourth in long jump and Heidi Zigler finished eighth in high jump. Prezmeliski took seventh in long jump, and Whitko’s Hollenbaugh and Kristina Slater took eighth and ninth, respectively.

Whitko’s Carissa Beck placed third in shot put. Chassy Gallmeier placed fourth in the shot put, followed by teammate Madi Gaff in sixth.

Churubusco’s Kilah Smith took third in discus with a toss of 100 feet, 1.5 inches. Gallmeier took fifth in the event.

Gold division

Columbia City competed in the gold division, which was larger schools.

Cassidy Burdge won the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches, followed by teammate Mackenzie Martin in third.

Bailie Brown came in third in the two-mile run and teammate Ally Willson finished seventh.

Mariah Schaefer scored several points for Columbia City, placing second in the 100-meter hurdles and pole vault, and was also part of the second-place 400-meter relay team, which also consisted of Sarah Pepple, Kendall Longenbaugh and Emma Coy.

The Lady Eagles’ 1,600-meter team of Eden Oddou, Lillie Oddou, Macey Hill and Gabby Fry won by three seconds with a time of 4:17.27.

Eden Oddou finished second in the 800-meter run and teammate Lauren Keller finished eighth.

Keller finished fifth in the mile run behind Oddou’s sister, Lillie, in fourth.

Columbia City’s Longenbaugh finished seventh and Hill took eighth in the 200-meter dash. Longenbaugh also placed eighth in the 100-meter dash finals.

In the 400-meter dash, Columbia City’s Fry took sixth and Hill placed eighth.

The Oddou sisters, along with Brown and Keller, finished third in the 3,200-meter relay.

Maddie Hull finished third in pole vault, and Burdge took seventh in long jump, followed by Pepple in eighth.

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