Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 16, 2013

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---- — Bethany Neeley named Miss Track and Field

FORT WAYNE — Eastern senior Bethany Neeley was named Indiana’s Miss Track and Field at the Midwest Meet of Champions over the weekend.

The Midwest Meet of Champions brings together the top track and field talent from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan high schools.

Brittany Neeley was named Miss Distance, while Eastern classmate Grant Cole was named Mr. Field Event. Cole took fifth in the long jump at 22 feet, 5 inches.

Bethany set a new meet record in winning the 1,600-meter run in 4:42.14. Brittany won the 800 run in 2:09.27.

The Neeley sisters both ran legs on the 4x400 relay that won in 3:47.17, while Brittany ran a 2:20 split for the victorious 4x800 relay team. Classmate Sarah Wagner finished ninth in the 800 in 2:26.67.

Lady Kats campruns this week

The Kokomo girls basketball camp runs from Monday through Friday this week at Memorial Gym. Girls in grades 3-6 will participate from 9-10:30 a.m. Girls in kindergarten through second grade, and also grades 7-8 will participate from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Cost of the camp is $30. For more information contact Wildkat coach Jason Snyder 765-860-4656.

Smith holds off Larson to win Nationwide race

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Points leader Regan Smith won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps.

It was Smith’s second win of the year and 11th top-10 finish in 13 starts. He took the lead with 13 laps remaining when Parker Kligerman had to pit, and although Larson closed the gap a bit toward the end, he wasn’t able to overtake Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet.

The 125-lap, 250-mile race was run under threatening weather conditions, but drivers were able to finish with no delays. Paul Menard was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne.

Karam picks up 1st Indy Lights victory

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Sage Karam has won his first career Indy Lights race.

Karam started from the pole at the Milwaukee Mile in Saturday’s race but was passed by Zach Veach in Turn 1. Veach led the first 56 laps before Karam reclaimed the lead with a pass on the inside of Turns 1 and 2.

Karam then pulled away and beat Carlos Munoz by 1.0808 seconds to the finish line.

Munoz was second in his first race since finishing second in last month’s Indianapolis 500.

Trust fund set up for Jason Leffler’s son

CORNELIUS, N.C. (AP) — A trust fund is being set up for the 5-year-old son of Jason Leffler, the NASCAR driver who died earlier this week in a racing accident.

Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott Jr., former Braun Racing owner Todd Braun and Great Clips CFO Steve Overholser will serve as trustees for the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust.

Leffler died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. A medical examiner determined Leffler died from a blunt force neck injury. He was 37.

A funeral service for Leffler will be held next Wednesday in Cornelius.

LCC, South Spencer claim baseball titles

INDIANAPOLIS — Lafayette Central Catholic and South Spencer claimed IHSAA baseball state titles Saturday at Victory Field.

In the Class A game, Central Catholic (31-5) edged Vincennes Rivet (19-13) 4-3 in nine innings to claim its fifth straight state championship.

In the 2A game, South Spencer (23-8) edged defending state champion Northfield (29-4) 3-2 to win its third state title since 2007.

In the 4A game, Elkhart Central (32-1) squeaked out a 1-0 win over Indianapolis Cathedral (28-1) to claim the crown.