With two big Division I meets under their belts, the Canal Winchester High School boys and girls track and field teams will get to have a little fun as the Indians will play host Friday to the Milt Will Relays.

With two big Division I meets under their belts, the Canal Winchester High School boys and girls track and field teams will get to have a little fun as the Indians will play host Friday to the Milt Will Relays.

The meet, originally known as the Canal Winchester Invitational from its inception in 1959, was renamed after Milt Will in 1974 when the former coach, retired.

"It's interesting, the boys were talking (on the bus after last Saturday's Piqua Invitational) and they were saying that the Milt Will is the second-most important meet of the year," boys coach Bruce Olson said. "That didn't come from me, they just have that impression."

Last year, the boys team tied for second (85 points) with Bexley behind Heath (97) and the girls team placed second (88) behind River Valley (103). The field again will be tough with Bexley, Bloom-Carroll, Logan Elm, Fairfield Union, Heath, Fisher Catholic and River Valley. Top teams expected to contend with the Indians will be Bexley, River Valley and Heath.

"We would like to be able compete for the title," Olson said. "If we don't, we'll be OK with it."

With the end of the season approaching, Olson said the Milt Will Relays will give the team a chance to start figuring out which athletes will compete in certain events in the league and postseason meets.

"We're closing in on some of the year-end performances here and we need to start determining our top two guys in the field events, who to put in the (400 relay) and the (800 relay), those types of things.

"We're going to try to solidify our (400 relay) and our (800 relay) and that's pretty important so we can see who we can have when it comes to the league and district meets."

As many as eight boys are competing for spots on both the 400 and 800 relays. With just two meets left after the Milt Will, Olson said he'd like to see everybody performing at their best, even though the events will be relays.

Tyler Stevenson (throws), Christian Edens (distance), Cory Irwin (distance), Tim Williard (distance), Tyler Norman (pole vault) and Tony Davis (sprints) all look to have good performances at the meet.

"We'll do well in the throwing events, the pole vault, the distance events, sprints and hurdles," Olson said. "We're hoping for a solid performance in everything and that's just an advantage of our depth. A relay meet is nice for us because we can have a lot of kids competing."

ĽThe boys tennis team now has a full roster and can focus on improving. Sophomore Kevin Tate has joined the team and will play at second doubles with Josh Webb.

"We're making progress," coach Jason Moisey said. "We're definitely improving and we're just trying to capitalize on gaining experience.

"We wish we would have had (Kevin) earlier and maybe things would've worked out better. With that seventh player, now we don't have to forfeit a court."

Tate has no competitive tennis experience but has worked with Moisey on the basics of the game. Webb is also inexperienced and the duo will be expected to grow and improve together.

"They're catching on pretty quick and they're enjoying it," Moisey said. "We just need to get them out there and get some match experience. We're just going to put them out there and see what they can do."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester baseball, softball, boys tennis and boys and girls track and field teams:

BASEBALL

*April 23 -- Lost to Teays Valley 16-6

*Last Friday -- Defeated Fairfield Union 8-6

Last Saturday -- Lost to Westerville North 9-3; def. Thomas Worthington 8-5

*Last Monday --╩Lost to Circleville 1-0

*Last Wednesday --╩Played Hamilton Township

*Friday -- Home vs. Logan Elm

Saturday -- At New Albany (doubleheader)

*Monday --╩At Bloom-Carroll

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Amanda-Clearcreek

Of note: The Indians were 10-8 overall and 5-5 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 23 -- Lost to Teays Valley 5-2

*April 24 -- Def. Fairfield Union 6-3

Last Friday -- Lost to Strasburg-Franklin 2-1 in Stellar Classic at Beekman Park

Last Saturday -- Def. Cincinnati Gates Mills Hawken 6-1; lost to Pickerington North 6-5 in Stellar Classic

*Last Monday -- Def. Circleville 13-2. The Indians had 20 hits.

*Friday -- Home vs. Logan Elm

Saturday -- At Hilliard Davidson vs. Davidson and Johnstown

*Monday -- At Bloom-Carroll

Tuesday -- Home vs. Ready

Wednesday -- Home vs. Amanda-Clearcreek

Of note: The Indians are 12-6 overall and 7-2 in the MSL-Buckeye.

TENNIS

April 22 -- Lost to Westerville Central 4-1

April 24 -- Def. Independence 3-2.

Last Monday -- Lost to Watkins Memorial 4-1

Last Wednesday -- At Fisher Catholic

*Today -- At Circleville

*Tuesday -- At Bloom-Carroll

Of note: The Indians were 1-8-1 overall before last Wednesday and are 0-2 in the MSL-Buckeye.

TRACK & FIELD

April 22 -- Boys: Finished first (82.5) ahead of Granville (66.5) and Watterson (23); Girls: Finished first (96) ahead of Granville (39) and Watterson (34)

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished fifth (68) behind champion Hilliard Darby (110) in Piqua Invitational. Winners were Cory Irwin in the 3,200 (9:52.69) and Tyler Norman in the pole vault (13-0). Girls: Finished second (81) to Darby (128) in Piqua Invitational. Winners were the 3,200 relay (10:11.10) and Kaitlin Smith in the 3,200 (11:32.64).

Last Tuesday -- Competed against Bexley and Logan

Friday --╩Home Milt Will Relays

Tuesday -- At County Meet at Fairfield Union

*MSL-Buckeye contest