The Rushville co-ed track/field teams each won a 3-way meet Thursday hosted by Waldron, despite chilly conditions. The girls won with 68 points while the boys romped with 97 tallies. Madison Shawe also competed.
“Tonight was a positive step in the right direction for our team,”said boys coach Jim Marlatt. “It was not a perfect meet, but we saw significant improvement in many events. This team is just scratching the surface of their potential."
"The girls showed great improvement from a week of bitter cold temperatures,”girls coach Hannah Augsburger remarked. “With much adapting, the girls are competing with a vengeance. " 
Ashley Whitham, Mia Norvell, Olivia Wehr and Bell Westphal won the 4x800 relay in a time of 12:12. Their male counterparts Charlie Sterrett, Adam Bousman, Ryan Schindler and Keith Bacon also won, finishing in 9:11. It was a sweep in 4x400 as well; Bacon, Bousman, Josiah Hay and Alec Evans raced around in 3:53 while Indya Burnett joined Norvell, Westphal and Wehr for a 5:01 winning time. Harper Miller, Evans, Jayden Roosa and Jake Vance raced to a win in the 4x100 (47.37).
Savannah Westphal won the 3200-meter run (14:15), coming in runner-up in the 1600 (6:57). Sophomore Katie Tabeling took first place in shot put with 32'3.5" and won discus with a length of 90'6". Freshman Caleb Rector was first in the 110 hurdles (19.63), Eli McGrath the same in shot (season-best 43-3) and Joe Sheehan ditto in discus (109-9.5). Kyle Stanley won the 1600 (5:03) and 3200 (season-best 11:06). Rector returned to win the 300 hurdles in 48.84, a season best. Vance won the 200 in 24.87. Bacon was tops in the 800 (2:12).
Junior Annie Thoman took second place in discus (69-5) and Burnett was runner-up in long jump (13-1). Whitham was 2nd in the 800 (2:52), freshman Jocelyn Cain the same in the 200 (32.1) and Addison Ballenger also 2nd in shot (31-2). Boys runners-up were Tristan Norris (long jump; 17-6.75), Evans (high jump; 5-2), Vance (100; 11.57), Hay (400; 57.25), Miller (200; 25.57), Sterrett (800; 2:18) and Caleb Krodel (3200; season-best 11:10/1600; 5:12).
Sam Barada was 3rd in the 400 (1:00.25); other bronzes went to Sheehan in shot (40-9.5), McGrath in discus (90-9), Evans in long jump (16-3.75), Brian Simmermon in 110 hurdles (21.34), Roosa in the 100 (11.9), Schindler in the 3200 (season-best 11:12), Wehr in long jump (12-11), Burnett in high jump (4-6), Cain in 100 hurdles (21.55) and 300 hurdles (1:08), Norvell in the 800 (2:58), Wehr in the 400 (1:08), Thoman in shot (26-10.5) and Ballenger in discus (63-7.5).
Cain was 4th in long jump (11-6) and B. Westphal 4th in the 400 (1:10). Austin Vance was 4th in shot (36-6.5) and Sam Sterrett likewise in the 1600 (5:24). Heath Barada placed 4th in the 800.
Ashton Reece took 5th in 300 hurdles (season-best 52.82) and Jonathan Starke 5th in the 800. Shepard Cupp was 6th in the 800.
Of note, Aedan Muench-Bender set a new season best in long jump; others achieving season marks were Simmermon in the 300 hurdles (54.88) and Miller, Norris, Chase Woolf, Brody Miller and Benjamin Means in the 100.
Rushville competes in Greenfield-Central’s Cougar Classic Friday.