The Canal Winchester High School girls track and field team continues to overcome adversity.

The Canal Winchester High School girls track and field team continues to overcome adversity.

Two of the Indians' top hurdlers, Caitie Traylor (knee injury) and Betsy Cadwallader (broken leg), their top runner in the 400 meters, Kelly Henderson (back injury), and one of their top performers in the shot put, Abby Brinker (leg injury), sustained season-ending injuries and two of their top athletes, Joscelyn Powell and Julia Blum, missed multiple meets with foot injuries.

Despite those setbacks, Canal Winchester won its fourth consecutive MSL-Buckeye Division championship.

The Indians scored 159.5 points in the league meet May 14 and 17 at Amanda-Clearcreek to finish ahead of Teays Valley (114), Bloom-Carroll (96), Fairfield Union (95), Circleville (72), Hamilton Township (55), Logan Elm (40.5) and Amanda-Clearcreek (27).

"We still miss the girls who are injured and we would be a stronger team with everyone healthy, but this was one of those meets where everything went about as well as it possibly could for us," coach John Bender said. "All of our girls performed really well and contributed to this victory, and this was a meaningful win for us because it's our last year competing in the MSL before we move to the OCC next year."

Powell overcame sharp pain in her heel to win the 100 hurdles (12.69 seconds), 300 hurdles (46.27), 100 (14.81) and 200 (25.82) to score 40 points for the Indians.

Powell was in so much pain after finishing the 300 hurdles that she had to be helped off the track by a teammate, but she returned a short while later to compete in the 200.

"I told Joscelyn that it was OK if she didn't want to run the 200 because her health is what is most important, but she said she wanted to do it and all of her points were important in helping us win," Bender said.

Taylor Smith also helped score 40 points, as she won the high jump (5 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (16-3 1/4) and teamed with Gretchen Rosch, Blum and Ashley Mavis to win the 400 relay (52.1) and Blum, Mavis and Arena Paige to win the 800 relay (1:49.34).

Other highlights included Rosch winning the pole vault by clearing a program-record 11-0, Blum placing second in the 200 (26.82) and fourth in the long jump (15-0) and Megan Tamasovich placing third in the high jump (5-2) and fourth in the 800 (2:31.23).

"Taylor and Julia both scored a lot of points for us, too, but this was a total team effort," Bender said. "I didn't anticipate our young distance runners running this fast this soon. This was our best overall meet of the season."

The boys team had to settle for second (113) in the MSL-Buckeye meet behind Hamilton Township (165) after winning the league title the past two seasons.

Teays Valley (111) finished third, followed by Circleville (80), Bloom-Carroll (64), Fairfield Union (60), Amanda-Clearcreek (37) and Logan Elm (22).

Finishing first for the Indians were Wyatt Gardner in the 3,200 (10:04.99) and Luke Laguio in the 200 (22.75).

Both the boys and girls teams are competing in the Division I, district 2 meet this week at Hilliard Darby. The field events were held May 21, the running event preliminaries were held May 22 and the running event finals will be held Saturday, May 25.

The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet Wednesday, May 29, and May 31 at Pickerington North.

"We just want to score as high as we possibly can in the district and regional meets," Bender said. "We're really hoping that Joscelyn will be able to continue to compete in four events. We may have to pull her out of an event or two if her heel continues to bother her. We're just going to have to wait and see how she feels day to day."

Softball team fallsto Lions in tourney

The softball team lost at sixth-seeded Gahanna 11-3 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 16 to finish 17-11.

The 21st-seeded Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but they committed three errors and managed only five hits.

Designated player Paige Hughes had two RBI and catcher Alyxis Moore drove in one run.

"We started off great and probably gave Gahanna a scare," coach Randy Hinton said. "But we made a lot of mental mistakes that opened the door for them and cost us runs."

The Indians opened the tournament with a 13-1, five-inning win over 33rd-seeded Mount Vernon in five innings May 14 at home.

Third baseman Bailee Faulkner went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and Carly Favorito was the winning pitcher.

"We really hit the ball well and the runs piled up quickly against Mount Vernon," Hinton said.

Baseball team oustedin tourney opener

The baseball team lost at 18th-seeded Lancaster 9-2 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13 to finish 14-12.

The 27th-seeded Indians committed four errors and had only five hits.