Not much time remains between now and the start of the track and field postseason, and most area high school teams are using this part of their schedules for finalizing lineups and fine-tuning.

Not much time remains between now and the start of the track and field postseason, and most area high school teams are using this part of their schedules for finalizing lineups and fine-tuning.

The boys and girls teams at Canal Winchester will divert from this path as the Indians will play host to the Milt Will Relays on Saturday. The event is named after longtime coach Milt Will.

"Milt Will, the name means a lot to me," girls coach John Bender said. "He was my coach in high school and people who knew him as a coach and a teacher loved him. So this is pretty special from a personal standpoint."

The event is a relay-style meet, meaning that every event will take a combined effort from three or more individuals. The field of teams includes Bexley, Bloom-Carroll, Fairfield Union, Heath, Logan Elm, London and Pickerington Central.

"It's always a fun meet because everything is done in relays, and there's three field event (relays) as well," Bender said. "People like watching all the relays, so it's a fun meet.

Though the events are different from a normal meet, boys coach Bruce Olson said it still provides an opportunity to evaluate a lot of the athletes to determine what events they should be in for the MSL-Buckeye Division meet as well as the postseason.

"We have a number of guys that are on the bubble in a lot of events and I'm not sure where we're going to put them," Olson said. "This gives them another chance for us to get a look at them."

The girls would like to challenge for the top spot at the Milt Will, but they will receive a tough challenge from Pickerington Central, which is a newcomer to the event, and Heath.

The Indians expect good performances from Emily Pifer in the distance events and Jasmine Sullivan in the sprint events. Sullivan has come on strong for the Indians this season, including running the 100 meters in 12.3 seconds in a dual meet against Jonathan Alder. That would be a program record, but Bender doubted whether it would officially count since the race wasn't fully automatic timed (FAT).

The girls could receive a big boost with the expected addition of Whitney McDonald. She did not compete the first half of the season because of a shin injury from soccer, but started training with the team the day after the Indians competed against Jonathan Alder.

"We're hoping to get her back because we miss her in the long jump and the relays," Bender said.

The boys expect good performances from Antonio Whitfield in the sprint events and Jarrod Genther in the distance events. Olson is also expecting sprinters Brendan Kantner and Mike Mainella to return from injuries and participate in the Milt Will Relays.

"We don't have too many seniors scoring points for us right now, so we have a lot of underclassmen scoring, and that's been exciting for us to see," Olson said.

Last Saturday, the boys were second (100.5) behind Sidney (101) in the Piqua Invitational. Zack Hitchens won the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 7 inches and Tyler Jenkins won the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet. The girls were third (70) at Piqua behind Marysville (100) and Franklin Heights (75.5). Pifer won the 800 in 2:25.36 and the 1,600 in 5:12.8.

ĽA rough start to the season hasn't discouraged boys tennis coach Jason Moisey. He has been shifting the lineup constantly trying to find the right mix. He thinks the Indians are in a good position to do well in the league tournament May 8 at Teays Valley.

"We might be the only team in the league still trying to figure out our lineup," Moisey said. "When it comes to the league, I think if we can stay with Bloom-Carroll (in Monday's match) then we can do well. But we're still trying to get a feel for things, so we'll see."

The only constant for Canal Winchester has been Lucas Knicely at first singles. Moisey typically uses Kevin Tate at second singles and alternates between Jeff Turner and Mitchell Spurlock at third singles.

However, Moisey has also experimented with putting Knicely and Tate together as a doubles team, which would give them a better chance of being one of the top four qualifiers in the Division I sectional tournament May 13 and 15.

"The guys understand the situation and they know what I'm trying to do," Moisey said. "The guys are all having fun and that's important."

Canal Winchester is at Teays Valley today and at Bloom-Carroll on Monday before its season-finale Wednesday at Watkins Memorial.

"The guys are getting better despite our bad start," Moisey said. "I'm confident in the guys. We've had some bad luck with some good teams on our schedule, so I don't think we're that bad."

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 21 - Defeated Hamilton Township 13-6

*Last Friday - Def. Amanda-Clearcreek 12-1

Last Saturday - Def. Berne Union 17-5 and 6-2

*Last Tuesday - Played Bloom-Carroll in makeup from last Monday

*Last Wednesday - Played Circleville

*Friday - At Fairfield Union

Saturday - At Liberty Union

*Monday - At Teays Valley

Of note: The Indians were 15-3 overall and 8-2 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 21 - Def. Hamilton Township 19-1

*April 22 - Def. Amanda-Clearcreek 8-3

Last Friday - Def. North Union 9-3 in Centennial Stellar Classic at Ohio State

Last Saturday - Def. Thornville Sheridan 8-3; Game vs. Olentangy Liberty canceled because of bad weather

*Last Tuesday - Played Bloom-Carroll

*Last Wednesday - Played Circleville

*Friday - At Fairfield Union

Saturday - At Utica vs. Granville and Utica

*Monday - At Teays Valley

*Tuesday - Home vs. Logan Elm

Of note: The Indians were 13-3 overall and 6-2 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

BOYS TENNIS

April 20 - Def. Whetstone 4-1

April 21 - Lost to Watkins Memorial 3-2

Last Friday - Lost to Fisher Catholic 4-1

Last Monday - Match against Grandview postponed

*Last Wednesday - Played Hamilton Township

*Today - At Teays Valley

*Monday - At Bloom-Carroll

Wednesday - At Watkins Memorial

Of note: The Indians were 1-7 overall and 0-1 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Wednesday.

TRACK & FIELD

April 20 - Boys: Def. Jonathan Alder 106-31; Girls: Def. Jonathan Alder 70-63

Last Saturday - Boys: Finished second (100.5 points) behind champion Sydney (101) at Piqua Invitational; Girls: Finished third (70) behind champion Marysville (100)

Last Tuesday - Competed against Fairfield Union and Teays Valley

Friday - Home in Milt Will Relays

Tuesday - Home vs. Bexley

*MSL-Buckeye contest