With two weeks left before the MSL-Buckeye Division meet, the Canal Winchester High School boys and girls track and field teams are making their final preparations.

With two weeks left before the MSL-Buckeye Division meet, the Canal Winchester High School boys and girls track and field teams are making their final preparations.

The Indians will play host Friday to the Milt Will Relays. All the events are relay-style so three athletes will combine to compete in each event except for the normal relay events, in which there will be four runners. It will the second relay-style meet in which Canal Winchester has competed, as the Indians were in the Circleville Relays on April 4.

"I would say one of the things we want to do is solidify the traditional relay events a little bit and try to figure out who's going to go where," boys coach Bruce Olson said. "Also we'll be looking at the field events. At the Milt Will, we can put three people in the field events and we can only use two in the league meet and postseason, so that will help us figure out who we'll use there."

Girls coach John Bender said the meet will give the Indians a good chance to have a little fun before the postseason starts.

"We always want each girls to do their best, but it's a fun time because everything is relays and it's all about the team," Bender said. "Individual efforts mean a great deal, but it's about the team here and it will be a fun time."

Bender also is hoping he will have use of the entire team. Because of spring break, injuries and a state choir competition last Saturday, the girls have yet to field a full team for any of the big meets this season.

"What we're building for right now is the league meet and we're trying to see where we can score the most points," Bender said. "I always hope we'll have a full team but then like last week some of the girls were at the state choir competition."

Last Saturday. Canal Winchester competed in the Piqua Invitational and had good results on both the boys and girls teams.

The boys were first (101) ahead of Sidney (90), Marysville (84), DeSales (76), Bellefontaine (63), Franklin Heights (53), Piqua (50), Beavercreek (46.5), Lima Senior (39.5), Van Wert (32) and Dayton Chaminade-Julienne (28). The girls were third (80) behind Marysville (82) and Franklin Heights (81.5) and ahead of Toledo Rogers (66.5), Piqua (66), Bellefontaine (65), Beavercreek (54), Van Wert (46), DeSales (44), Chaminade-Julienne (36), Sidney (28) and Lima Senior (13).

Event winners for the boys were Zack Hitchens in the shot put (54 feet, 9 1/4 inches), Tyler Norman in the pole vault (13-0) and D.J. Tupper in the 110-meter hurdles (15.2 seconds). Hitchens' throw in the shot put broke the previous program record of 54-5 he set April 11 at the Stingel Invitational.

Event winners for the girls were Whitney McDonald in the 800 (2:29.12), Emily Pifer in the 3,200 (11:39.4) and Penny Boswell, McDonald, Pifer and Hannah Spicer in the 3,200 relay (10:01.3).

Olson said he was pleased with how the team did at the Piqua Invitational.

"It surprised us first of all," he said. "When you go to invitationals you're not always sure who's going to be there. Hilliard Darby dominated last year but wasn't there this year. We were able to do some nice things at Piqua."

"We wanted to see what Emily could do if she was in just two events," Bender said. "She won and also anchored the (3,200 relay) that won by a lot. I was also pleased with Ta'hana Olbrantz. She finished tied for second in the 100.

"There's still more work to do but it's becoming more and more evident which girls will be our top two in each event. We're planning for the league and we want to win that meet again. So we've got to make sure to put the girls in the right events and have them do well, and I think we will."

ĽThe baseball team will look to remain in the hunt for the MSL-Buckeye title with games at Logan Elm on Friday, at home against Bloom-Carroll on Monday and at Amanda-Clearcreek on Wednesday.

Canal Winchester, which won its first four league games, has a doubleheader against Granville at home on Saturday.

ĽThe softball team, which opened league play 5-1, will play today at Fairfield Union, Friday at Logan Elm, Saturday will play at home against Amanda-Clearcreek, Monday at home against Bloom-Carroll and Wednesday at Amanda-Clearcreek.

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 22 --╩Defeated Teays Valley 10-5

*Last Friday --╩Def. Fairfield Union 11-2

Last Saturday --╩Def. Gallipolis Gallia Academy 7-0; lost to Gallia Academy 10-6

*Last Monday --╩Lost to Circleville 8-2

*Last Tuesday -- Played Amanda-Clearcreek

*Last Wednesday -- Played Hamilton Township

*Friday --╩At Logan Elm

Saturday --╩Home vs. Granville (doubleheader)

*Monday --╩Home vs. Bloom-Carroll

*Wednesday --╩At Amanda-Clearcreek

Of note: The Indians were 13-4 overall and 8-1 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 22 --╩Def. Teays Valley 15-8

*April 23 --╩Def. Teays Valley 3-1

Last Friday --╩Lost to Upper Arlington 7-1 in Stellar Classic

Last Saturday╩ -- Def. Richmond Edison 1-0 in Stellar Classic

*Last Monday --╩Def. Circleville 3-2

*Last Tuesday -- Played Logan Elm

*Last Wednesday --╩Played Hamilton Township

*Today -- At Fairfield Union

*Friday --╩At Logan Elm

*Saturday --╩Home vs. Amanda-Clearcreek

*Monday --╩Home vs. Bloom-Carroll

*Wednesday -- At Amanda-Clearcreek

Of note: The Indians were 9-5 overall and 6-1 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

TENNIS

April 21 --╩Match vs. Whetstone postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

Last Monday -- Def. Fisher Catholic 4-1

Last Wednesday --╩Played Westerville Central

*Today --╩At Circleville

Monday --╩At Briggs

*Tuesday --╩At Bloom-Carroll

Wednesday --╩At Westland

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

TRACK & FIELD

April 21 -- Boys: Finished first (94) ahead of Ready (45) and Jonathan Alder (36); Girls: Finished first (65) ahead of Ready (60.5) and Jonathan Alder (49.5).

Last Saturday --╩Boys: Finished first (101) ahead of runner-up Sidney (90) in Piqua Invitational; Girls: Finished third (80) behind Marysville (82) and Franklin Heights (81.5)

*Last Tuesday -- Competed against Teays Valley

Friday --╩Home Milt Will Relays

*MSL-Buckeye contest