LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vincennes University's Matteo Capello continued to break his own NJCAA record in the pole vault, and the Trailblazers earned a team victory in the Kentucky Collegiate Indoor Invitational on Saturday.
VU's men were best among 19 scoring teams with 78 points. They were followed by Cumberland (Tenn.) 68, Kentucky Wesleyan 65, Centre 50 and Shawnee State (Ohio) 46. The VU women were seventh with 36. The women's top five teams were Bellarmine 104, Life (Ga.) 82, Cumberlands 77, and Morehead State and Southern Indiana 46.
Capello won the pole vault by clearing a height of 17-8 ½, which was two inches better than his record mark two weeks ago. His teammates Cole Sumner, Matthew Frazier and Chase Knoblett placed fourth, fifth and seventh in the event.
Other top finishers for VU's men were Anthony Campbell with firsts in the high jump, 6-7, and long jump, 22-3; Knoblett, Walter Tanui, Damien Ross, and Manamanya Opiew were second in the 1,600-meter relay; Ryan Golliher second, weight throw, and fourth, shot put; Knoblett third, high jump; Opiew third, 800; and South Knox graduate Trenton Faulkner seventh, 1,600.
“It was fun to get the team win on the men's side,” VU coach Chris Gafner said. “We still have to get more consistency in some areas, but we had some athletes with some nice performances. Matteo keeps making records look easy, and Anthony came up with big wins. His qualifying mark in the high jump put him fourth on the NJCAA list.”
Meagan Moreno and Kyra Young had the best finishes for VU's women. Moreno was second in the 3,000, and and Young second in the 1,000. North Knox grad Makinzi Meurer was next, finishing third in the pole vault. Others placing were Ryann Griesemer third, high jump; Jacy Collins fourth, 1,000; and Chloe Knepp, Kaitlyn Koenig, Young and Moreno seventh, 1,600 relay.
“Meagan led with a strong second-place finish, and Makinzi had a nice day. She currently has the top pole vault mark in NJCAA this year,” Gafner said.
The NJCAA men's and women's indoor track National Championship meet is in Pittsburg, Kan., on March 5-6.
Sectional ticket info announced
Ticket information for the Class 3A Washington Sectional and Class 2A Eastern Greene Sectional were announced on Tuesday.
No season passes are available for sectionals this season, with individual tickets available at the gates each night for $6. Lincoln is beginning pre-sales for the Washington Sectional on Monday, but only 200 tickets are available in advance. Eastern Greene is not doing any pre-sale of tickets, so all must be purchased at the gate the day of the game.
The Alices play at Washington in the first semifinal on March 5 at 6 p.m. against Pike Central. The championship game at the Hatchet House is at 7:30 p.m. March 6. The Washington Police Department is asking that fans observe all parking regulations, as violators will be towed without an announcement of warning during the game. Additional parking is available at the North Elementary lot on Sixth Street. If your vehicle cannot be located after the game, contact the WPD at 812-254-4410 and they can advise on which towing service has your vehicle.
Only 1,350 tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis each night at Eastern Greene. South Knox opens the sectional against Class 2A No. 6 Linton at 7 p.m. Tuesday. North Knox takes on Mitchell in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. March 5, with the hosts facing Tuesday's winner at 7:30 p.m. The championship is at 7 p.m. March 6.
Paris towers over Red Hill
PARIS, Ill. — Paris took off from the start and didn't allow Red Hill a field goal in the first half as the Tigers rolled to a 51-17 Little Illini Conference girls basketball win Monday.
Tess Heath scored seven points for the Salukis (0-6, 0-4 LIC), and Emma Robinson five. Grace Sullivan led Paris (6-0, 4-0) with 16 points, and Kaitlyn Coombes scored 10.
Sullivan scored eight and Coombes six as the Tigers took a 16-5 lead after one. The margin grew to 30-6 at halftime, and 43-15 after three. Robinson had all of her points in the third.
No junior varsity game was played.
Red Hill hosts Marshall at 6:15 p.m. CST Thursday for a varsity-only game.
Land wins youth wrestling title
INDIANAPOLIS — Representing a small contingent of Vincennes Grapplers, Kolten Land earned a championship victory in the Indy Nationals wrestling tournament at Southport over the weekend.
Land competed in the Novice 70-pound division and was undefeated for the tournament in taking the crown.
Others competing for Vincennes were Kinnick Funk, who took third place at Intermediate 49 pounds; Braxten Land fifth, Bantam 62; Memphis McCrary sixth, Novice 160; and Ryker Ansloan didn't place, Intermediate 84.
Clark grapplers dump Jasper
Clark's wrestling team opened its season Monday with a 51-43 dual win over visiting Jasper.
Credited with standout wins for the Alices were Ty Henderson, Brayton McCrary and Cayden Wanke.
Clark hosted Gibson Southern Tuesday and travels to Mount Vernon on Saturday.
6th-grade Warriors trip up Patriots
BICKNELL — North Knox's sixth grade boys improved to 14-2 with a 39-19 basketball victory over Rivet on Monday.
Eli Elkins tallied 22 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Warriors; Coy VanMeter four points, seven rebounds, three assists; Will Trabant four points, four rebounds; Brock Collins four points, three rebounds, two steals; Levi Telligman four points, three rebounds; and Kolten Boyles one point, six rebounds.