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Sunny Delight at the Preble Shawnee Invitational
J. C. Tilton

The Preble Shawnee Invitational has been the first track meet of the season for area teams for a number of years. Being the first track meet of the season, the weather is generally uncooperative. Rain, cold, even snow has made past meets a trial for local athletes. But this spring the weather was fantastic for the first meet of the season. And there were a fair number of fans in the stands as everyone was looking for an excuse to get out and enjoy the day. As for the meet itself, the TVS boys continued their winning ways with a first place finish and Brookville captured first for the girls.

Coach Mabry of TVS thought that the girls were “pretty solid for their first meet. It's our opening meet and we've had some good performances. Looking at last year compared to this year, I am seeing some good things.” On the top returning athletes, “I have two seniors that I am counting on pretty heavily - Amber Niswonger and Jennifer Bambeck. Junior Kate Ervin (winner of the shotput) will do well in the shot and disc. We are looking for some of the younger ones to step up. There are a couple of freshman and a couple of sophomores that can step up to the plate and make a difference. The sprints and relays looked solid tonight.” The South girls placed third, “It's hard to win a meet when you don't participate in four events, both hurdles and no 1600m or 3200m runners.” The biggest competition in the CCC for South will be Ansonia and Bethel.

Coach Fahrenholtz of TVS was asked about his top returning athletes. “Jesse Simpson(won shotput) in the shot and disc of course. Ben Ansplaugh in the 400m (first place) and the 200m. Jacob Unger in the pole vault - he has made it to regionals the last three years. Scott Leedy is back in hurdles. Joe Maleski (winner of the 100m, 200m and high jump; 4X200m relay team was second) and Jared Krickenbarger (winner of triple jump) are two juniors who are expected to contribute. We're not where we want to be, but we can't argue with the win.” Unfortunately Spencer Ervin injured his knee in the long jump and could not participate the remainder of the night. He hopes to be back in about a week. Arcanum and Bethel are expected to be the major contenders for the CCC league title. Comments:

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