By Rob Kiser
TIPP CITY — Andy Mayse was pretty confident going into the boys 3,200-meter run at the Tippecanoe Invitational Saturday.
Tristen Cox wasn’t sure if he had won even after he had thrown the discus.
Both Piqua competitors came away with victories to help Piqua to a seventh-place finish with 44 points in the event.
Mayse, coming off a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 — led from the start in the 3,200 and won in 10:26.78.
“I was pretty confident going into the race,” Mayse said. “Really, this was just a training run for me. My time wasn’t that good. It was mid 10’s. I wanted to get down in the low 10s or upper 9s by the end of the season.”
While Mayse had a sizable lead early, Anna’s Lucas Huber closed the gap in the first half of the second mile.
“Actually, I thought it was the kid from CJ (Jack Dalton, who finished fourth),” Mayse said. “That is who is usually is. I could feel him start breathing hard about the seventh lap. I was pretty confident I had enough left to win.”
Like everyone else, Mayse didn’t really enjoy the wind.
“It was really tough,” he said. “It would have been different. But, to have to run into the wind in the back stretch. That was really tough.”
Cox thought he had uncorked the winning throw in the discus — but he wasn’t sure because of some confusion about the mark.
As it turned out, it was just enough.
His throw of 136-2 was good enough to edge Daniel Everett of Miami East by one inch.
“I knew I either got first or second,” Cox said. “It is tough to throw on a day like this. You just have to try and do your best.”
Earlier, Cox had taken second in the shot put with a distance of 46-3.
Travis Hall of Troy won with put of 46-9 3-4.
“I came up six inches short of winning,” Cox said. “But, considering I was close to a PR on a day like this, I can’t complain. It was a pretty good day.”
Everett’s performance helped East to a second-place finish with 65 points.
Covington finished 11th with 20 points.
The Buccs were led by a second-place finish in the 1,600 relay (Zane Barnes, Brandon Magee, Jayce Pond, Nathan Lyle), 3:43.51.
VERSAILLES — The Versailles boys kept the hardware at home Saturday, winning the Black Division of the Versailles Invitational with 142 points.
Houston was second with 69,5 and Versailles B was third with 20.
Josh Steinbrunner led the Tigers, sweeping the 110 hurdles, 15.92; and 300 hurdles, 44.22; and taking second in the high jump, 5-8.
Also winning were Joe Spitzer, 3,200, 10:25.24; the 400 relay, 46.91; the 800 relay, 1:36.53; the 1,600 relay, 3:46.25; and the 3,200 relay, 8:55.12.
Taking second were Noah Pleiman, 800, 2:16.09; and Trevor Noggle, 200, 25.78.
Finishing third were Brooks Blakeley, 1,600, 5:07.19; and Kyle Marchal, 200, 26.03.
For Houston, taking second were Ethan Knouff, 3,200, 11:32.45; and the 400 relay, 48.50.
Derrek Mayse was third in the 110 hurdles, 17.58.
Cole Condon led Versailles B, winning the 400, 54.45.
VERSAILLES — The Russia boys finished second in the Versailles Invitational Orange Division with 118 points, while Newton and Bradford tied for sixth with 32 points.
Trevor Monnin led Russia, sweeping the 200, 24.90; and 400, 53.55.
Also winning were Caleb Ball, 800, 2:09.71; Drew Poling, high jump, 5-10; and the 3,200 relay, 8:58.10.
Taking second was the 1,600 relay, 3:43.47.
Finishing third were Jack Moorman, 55.46;Josh York, shot put, 38-4 1-2; and the 800 relay, 1:40.95.
For Newton, Brady McBride won the 1,600, 4:51.03; and finished third in the 800, 2:14.99; while Jack Yoder finished third in the long jump, 18-7 3-4.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.