LONDONDERRY, Ohio — For the fifth straight season and the sixth time in the last seven years, the Eastern girls track and field team is district champion.
The Lady Eagles claimed first in four events and scored a total of 91.5 to win the Division III Southeast District track and field meet, held at Southeastern High School on Wednesday and Saturday. Meanwhile, Nelsonville-York won the boys team title with a score of 127.
On the girls side, EHS has eight athletes advancing to regionals in nine events, finishing fourth-or-better in the district. The second-place team in the girls competition was Eastern Brown with a total of 73, followed by Portsmouth with 49. Southern scored 2.5 to finish 25th, while the Lady Rebels failed to score.
EHS senior Laura Pullins and junior Jessica Cook are both headed to the regional meet in four events, with Pullins advancing in two individual events and two relays, and Cook moving on in one individual event and three relays.
Pullins won the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 4 inches, while taking third in the 400m dash with a time of 1:01.43. This is the fourth consecutive season Pullins has qualified for the regional in both the 400m dash and the high jump. Cook was the victor of the 800m run, setting a pace of 2:24.47, and advancing to the regional in the two-lap race for the third straight spring.
EHS senior Alia Hayes is headed back to the regional meet in both the discus throw and the shot put. Hayes was second in the discus with a throw of 124-3, while taking third in the shot put with a distance of 36-1.25. Hayes — a St. Louis University signee — has two previous regional appearances in the discus and one on the shot put.
EHS sophomore Ally Durst — a part of two EHS qualifying relays — will also compete in one individual event, as she claimed second in the 1600m run with a time of 5:36.90. As a freshman Durst also qualified for the regional in the 1600m.
The Lady Eagles’ 4x800m relay team of Cook, Durst, Taylor Parker and Rhiannon Morris won with a time of 10:24.99, while the 4x200m quartet of Pullins, Cook, Jaymie Basham and Cierra Smeeks set a pace of 1:53.93. Eastern’s 4x400m relay team of Cook, Pullins, Durst and Parker was second with a time 4:21.12.
The Lady Tornadoes’ top finisher at the district meet was freshman Baylee Wolfe, who was tied for seventh in the high jump at 4-8. South Gallia’s top finisher was sophomore Jessica Luther, who claimed ninth in the 3200m run at 13:45.30.
Following the Buckeyes in the boys team competition was Wheelersburg and Chesapeake, with 58 apiece. The Eagles — who have two athletes headed to regionals — finished ninth with a total of 38, while Southern was 16th with eight, and South Gallia was 17th with four.
EHS senior Jett Facemyer is headed back to regionals for the third straight season in the 800m run, winning the district with a time of 2:01.56. Fellow Eagle senior Clayton Ritchie will be representing the Green, White and Gold in both hurdle events, claiming second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.69, and earning fourth in the 300m hurdles at 42.68. Ritchie also qualified in the 300m hurdles last season.
The Tornadoes’ best finish at the meet was by junior Larry Dunn, who was sixth in the 1600m run with a time of 5:00.40. The top SGHS finisher was senior Johnny Sheets, who was sixth in the shot put at 42-8.25.
The 10 Eagles will advance to the Region 11 championships, held on Wednesday and Friday at Fairfield Union High School.
Complete results of the 2017 Southeast District Championships at Southeastern High School can be found on the web at www.baumspage.com
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext 2100.