With 44 athletes on the girls track roster, Springfield High School coach Anthony Moss has the challenge of getting as many girls into events as possible. Weeks like this upcoming one will certainly help.
Springfield competes in three meets next week. And this coming off consecutive-day performances at Xenia this past Friday and hosting a quad meet Saturday.
“I’ve got some freshmen who are really hungry. They really want to compete with the upperclassmen for time on that track,” Moss said.
Some Wildcats might be feeling the competition closing in, but those underclassmen still have a way to go before catching Tiffany Moss. The senior won the 100-meter hurdles at the Doug Adams Invitational in Xenia on Friday and finished second to Chaminade Julienne standout Jazmyn Potts at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday.
Moss won in a personal-best 15.68.
Junior teammate Brooklyn Richardson won the shot (32-02.5) and the discus (97-08) on Saturday. She was one of four Wildcats winners with Moss winning the long jump (14-08.5), Takoya Massey winning the 200 (27.92) and Annalise Forman taking the pole vault (6-0).
Springfield swept the meet with both teams edging out runner-up Columbus Hartley. The boys won 96-90 and the girls 75-72.
The boys boasted nine event winners Saturday, led by Austin Tyre in the 110 hurdles (15.89) and 300 hurdles (40.41). Raymons Cole swept the high jump (5-8) and long jump (18-09). Additional winners included Kevin Wade in the 400 (55.8), Vincent Foster in the 800 (2:10.32), Tavion Smith in the shot (43.05.5), Ty Craddock in the pole vault (10-06) and the 3,200 relay team.
Jonathan Richardson won the long jump at Xenia (20-4.5) as did the boys 800 (1:30.91) and 1,600 (3:30.82) relay teams.
Springfield doesn’t let up this week with meets at Greenon on Tuesday, Miamisburg on Friday and Tippecanoe on Saturday.
“We’ve had some tough meets,” Moss said. “We had three meets this week and we’ll have three meets next week. It’s kind of grueling for us but we like that. It helps us get ready for the end of the season. … It helps us get a lot of kids into meets.”
Tecumseh’s Stephen Mattingly won the 800 and Ethan Adams claimed the 3,200.
Northwestern had two field event winners with Jake Suman (discus) and Austin Eubanks (shot).
West Liberty-Salem’s Konner Smith won the pole vault.
For the girls, West Liberty-Salem won six events for the team title, scoring 149 points. Tecumseh was second with 107.
Lydia Moell won the 300 hurdles and pole vault, Megan Adams the 1,600 and Alex Burton the 200. The Tigers’ 400, 800 and 3,200 relay teams also finished first.
Tecumseh had a trio of winners with Jaci Rife in the 100, Kylee Mastin in the 800 and Katie Rawlins in the high jump. The 1,600 relay team also won.
Shawnee’s Olivia Warax was the other area winner with a victory in the 3,200.