Girls Cross Country
Casper Clark and Olivia Morlok have been named winners of Columbus North’s top athletic honors for 2020.
Clark, a letterman in baseball and basketball, is the recipient of the Dr. Maurice McKain Award after he demonstrated outstanding talent plus exemplary sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship throughout his career with the Bull Dogs.
Morlok, a 12-time letter winner with four each in cross country, swimming and track & field, is presented the Josephine Armuth Award that also takes talent, sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship into consideration.
Clark was a standout in baseball, compiling a record of 15-4 with two saves and 127 strikeouts in 117.2 innings as a pitcher over three seasons. He was 5-1 with 29 strikeouts and a 0.87 earned-run average in 32.0 innings while helping the Bull Dogs to a 17-13 ledger with a sectional and regional title as a freshman. He went 6-1 with 46 strikeouts and a 1.49 ERA in 47.0 innings for an 18-10 squad as a sophomore. He was 4-2 with 52 strikeouts and a 1.99 ERA in 38.2 innings while the team went 22-8 overall and 5-0 in Conference Indiana as a junior.
In addition, Clark hit .267 with one double, one HR and six RBIs as a freshman. He provided a .338 average with four doubles, two HRs and 17 RBIs as a sophomore. He hit .279 with two doubles, two HRs and 18 RBIs as a junior. He was voted first-team all-Conference Indiana as a sophomore and junior.
In basketball, Clark averaged 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the floor and helping Columbus North to an 18-6 record as a senior. He also was a varsity reserve as a sophomore, averaging 1.5 points that season before focusing only on baseball as a junior.
Clark has signed to attend Indiana University on a baseball scholarship.
Morlok earned all-conference laurels and qualified for state-meet appearances in all three of her sports.
In cross country, she was third in the conference and 83rd at state as a freshman, 11th in conference but missed state with an injury as a sophomore, second in conference and 46th at state as a junior and fourth in conference and 33rd in state as a senior. She had a time of 19:05.0 for 5,000 meters at state as a senior.
In swimming, Morlok was the conference champion in the 500-yard freestyle all four years plus the 200 free champ as a sophomore. She was 10th at state as a sophomore, eighth at state as a junior and sixth at state as a senior in the 500 free with a best time of 4:58.31. She also finished 15th at state in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.72 as a junior.
In track, she was the conference champion at 3,200 meters in track as a freshman with a time of 11:19.61. She placed 16th at state and 21st at state in that event as a freshman and junior with respective times of 11:23.83 and 11:27.64. She was a regional champion in the event as a freshman with a time of 11:12.62.
Morlok is bound for Ohio University on a swimming scholarship.
The awards are named after McKain, a former local physician for many years who served as Columbus High’s team doctor and trainer in the 1930s, and Armuth, a longtime educator who gave years of dedicated service to Columbus High students. The McKain Award has been presented since 1940. The Armuth Award was initiated in 1974.
PHOTOS: Casper Clark (left photo) delivers a pitch against Franklin during his sophomore season on March 31, 2018. Olivia Morlok (right photo) relaxes for a moment after competing in the 500-yard freestyle sectional preliminaries on Feb. 6, 2020. Clark is the winner of the Dr. Maurice McKain Award and Morlok as the recipient of the Josephine Armuth Award as top senior athletes for the Class of 2020 at Columbus North High School.