Thursday night's (May 2) Ripley County track and field championships closely resembled the final results from one year ago.
From host and defending champion Batesville's viewpoint, the numbers looked even better.
Both Bulldog squads outscored their winning totals from 2018 in coasting to double victory. In addition, senior Stephanie Nobbe repeated her status as county MVP – her third such award as a Lady Bulldog.
Batesville's boys accumulated 118.5 points and the girls totaled 99 on a night that started out sketchy on the weather front before clearing out to "perfect temperatures and wind conditions," as head coach Lisa Gausman confirmed.
South Ripley's Lady Raiders and Jac-Cen-Del's Lady Eagles tied at 49, with Milan's Lady Indians scoring 44. The Milan boys took runner-up (43 pts.), slightly ahead of JCD's 41 and South's 34.5.
Nobbe also took home MVP honors her freshman year, scoring the most points for her team. "The meet was canceled because of weather her sophomore year," the coach explained, "so this means she won the award every year of her career. Way to go!"
This year, the senior joined Gabby Gibbs, Lily Meyer and Callie Main in establishing a new personal record in the 4x100 meter relay (52.37). She added individual wins in pole vault (8 feet even) and the 100 (12.9) and 200 (26.49) dashes.
The Bulldog girls started the track events with a bang, setting a new meet record in the 4x800 relay. Liz Loichinger, Lily Pinckley, Katie Olsen and Trysta Vierling raced the 3200 meters in a PR of 10:14.5, breaking a county-best set by BHS in 2012 (10:21.53).
Three other home athletes put their names in the county record book. Joshua Myers ran the 1600 in 4:34.91 (PR), cruising by Hayden Merkel's 4:38. Later in the evening, the Dogs ruled the 800 runs. Olsen ran the two laps in 2:21.94, far ahead of the 2018 time of BHS' Emma Gausman (2:31.12). In the boys race, Adam Moster beat Merkel's 2012 time of 2:01.25, finishing in a swift 1:56.62 (PR).
Eleven additional Bulldogs were either individual or relay champs at the annual meet.
The girls 4x400 team of Carley Pride, Gibbs, Olsen and Loichinger ran to victory in 4:28.56. The boys earned relay wins in the 4x800 (Moster, Johnathon Lynch, JJ Kuisel and Benjamin Moster; 8:53.03) as well as the 4x400 (A. Moster, Lynch, Tyler Myers and Kuisel; 3:34.75). The crew of Isaiah Riffle, Justin Heiser, Sam Haskamp and Charlie Laymon PR'ed in the 4x100 (45.74).
J. Myers was the 3200 champ (10:27.75) and T. Myers' PR of 44.86 sent him to first in the 300 hurdles. Meyer added victory in the long jump (14-10.75) and Kent Meyers swept the high jump (5-10) and pole vault (10 ft.).
Pride (400; 1:03.99), Gibbs (shot put; 30-10), Heiser (long jump; 18-7.25) and Adam Bedel (discus PR of 120-6) all earned county titles.
South Ripley's Megan Cole broke both of her former records in the 1600 and 3200, running 5:17.69 and 11:16.72, respectively. On the boys side, Milan's Peyton Cavins broke the 100 dash record with a time of 11.18 while teammate Matthew Riehle won the 400 in a meet-record time of 49.93.
SR's Mark Adams claimed the shot put (41-4.5); Lady Raider Cierra Copeland was discus champ (86-07). The Indians' Matthew Hall prevailed in 110 hurdles (18.49), Cavins took the 200 (23.01) and Cionna Bailey jumped the highest (4-10). The Eagles were led by freshman Cloey Simon, who swept hurdles (16.83 in the 100 and 50.11 in the 300).
The host team had several runners-up, paced by Loichinger in the 800 (2:33.88) and 1600 (5:41.22). Adding PR's were Meyer (200; 27.49), Pinckley (3200; 12:19.72), Kuisel (400; 51.62) and Lynch (800; 2:04.53). Gibbs was 2nd in high jump (4-10), Haskamp in the 200 (23.83), Bedel in shot (39-11.5), Katie Bedel in pole vault (7 ft.), Chase Hamilton in 110 hurdles (18.72) and Zach Gutzwiller in pole vault (9 ft.).
Bulldogs grabbing white ribbons were Pride (high jump; 4-8), K. Bedel (long jump; 13-9-75), Haskamp (100; 11.86), B. Moster (1600; pr of 4:56.12), Laymon (long jump; 17-10), Sam Robben (110 hurdles; pr of 19.27), Adam Hollowell (3200; 11:12.5) and Kavin Saravanan (400; 55.11).
Vierling was fourth in the 3200 (13:08.18) and Heiser the same in the 100 (12.11). Sam Sittloh was just outside the top three in shot (39 ft.).
Maria Lopez's PR in the 1600 (6:04.59) earned her one point for fifth. Katie Bohman leapt to fifth in the 100 (20.14) and 300 (59.49) hurdle events. Main took 5th in shot (28-8.5).
Achieving additional personal marks were Ava Ralston (400) and K. Bedel and Hamilton in discus.
Batesville will next take on the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference meet, taking place Thursday at Franklin County. The Bulldog junior varsity heads to South Dearborn Saturday to decide conference.
Will Fehlinger can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 112.