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The Next Level: College/professional athlete roundup (April 12)

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By Andrew Harner

Jessica Earnest • Junior • Vanderbilt University

•Earnest, a Vandalia grad, will bowl with Vanderbilt in the NCAA Championships from April 12-14 in Wickliffe, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. If the Commodores make the championship game, it will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. central time on the 14th.

Tanner Bushue • Pitcher • Lexington Legends

•April 7 – Bushue, a South central graduate, had a rough first start for the Class A Lexington Legends. The Houston Astros prospect pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs and nine hits. He had one strikeout and one walk in taking his first loss of the season. Through Tuesday, the Legends were 1-5.

Paige Dodson • Junior • Greenville College

•April 7 – Dodson, a Vandalia graduate, participated in three events at the Washington University Select Meet in St. Louis. She placed 10th in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 1:03.44. She also anchored two relays that placed fourth. The 4X100-meter relay team had a time of 0:51.33, and the 4X400-meter relay team had a time of 4:01.04.

•March 30-31 – Dodson participated in three events at the Washington University Invitational in St. Louis. She placed 54th in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 0:27.92. She was the anchor of the 4X100-meter relay team, which placed ninth in 0:50.67, and she was the third leg of the 4X400-meter relay A-team, which placed 10th in 4:08.

Abby Hill • Freshman • Greenville College

•April 7 – Hill, a St. Elmo graduate, participated in three throwing events at the Washington University Select Meet in St. Louis. She placed seventh in the discus throw (111 feet, 2 inches) and the hammer throw (124 feet, 3 inches). She also placed 14th in the javelin throw (90 feet, 10 inches).

•March 30-31 – Hill participated in two throwing events at the Washington University Invitational in St. Louis. She placed 11th in the discus throw (113 feet, 2 inches) and 24th in the hammer throw (109 feet, 6 inches).

Ann Githinji • Senior • Greenville College

•April 7 – Githinji, a South Central graduate, placed seventh in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:23.96, at the Washington University Select Meet in St. Louis.

•March 30-31 – Githinji participated in two events at the Washington University Invitational in St. Louis. She placed 20th in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:27.28, and she was the third leg of the 4X400-meter relay B-team, which placed 21st in 4:44.61.