Meigs girls place 6th at district

By Paul Boggs -

Meigs’ Sky Brown competes in the first leg of the 4x100m relay at the Meigs Open, at Farmers Bank Stadium on March 28. (Alex Hawley/OVP Sports)

Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — If Meigs sophomore Kassidy Betzing was the area’s tops, then teammate Taylor Swartz and Gallia Academy seniors Madi Oiler and Mary Watts weren’t too far behind.

That’s because Betzing was at least partly responsible for half of the Lady Marauders’ 60 points, while Swartz, Oiler and Watts were significant point-gainers as well —as part of this season’s Division II Southeast District track and field meet at Meigs High School’s Farmers Bank Stadium.

The two-day meet took place on Tuesday and Saturday, with Meigs, Gallia Academy and River Valley representing the three Ohio Valley Publishing area clubs.

And, as teams, the Lady Marauders, Blue Angels and Lady Raiders registered at least 31-and-a-half points, placing back-to-back-to-back in the girls team standings.

Meigs placed sixth with 60 points, edging out Gallia Academy by a single point (59).

The Lady Raiders, which qualified three individuals in two events to this week’s Division II regional meet, ended up eighth with 31.5.

Betzing, for the Lady Marauders, was part of 30 team points by herself — capturing two individual district championships while running for the second leg for their district champion 4x100m relay.

Her top performance, to no surprise and once again, was the long jump championship.

Placing seventh in the Division II state meet last year, she repeated as the district champion — but only this time jumped a new district meet record on Saturday at 18-feet and seven inches.

That’s over two full feet better than her winning jump of last season (16-feet, four inches), as the previous record was exactly a half-inch shy of exactly 18-feet — established by Gallia Academy’s Alexis Geiger nine years ago.

Betzing also won the 100m dash, sprinting to a winning time of 12.89 seconds.

Last season, she placed third in that event, as the top four placers in each event at the district meet advance to the regional meet.

The fellow sophomore Swartz —for the second consecutive season —was the runner-up to Betzing in the long jump.

Swartz leaped 15-feet, 10 and one-quarter inches, then placed third in the 100m dash in 13.01.

Swartz also anchored the Lady Marauders’ winning 4x100m, with Betzing joining her — along with seniors Devyn Oliver (first leg) and Sky Brown (third leg).

Only Oliver was not part of the same relay that was last year’s district runner-up, as this year’s quartet completed the lap-race in 50.34 seconds.

The Lady Marauders’ only other district qualifier was senior Jesse Donohue in the discus throw, as she placed fourth with a throw of 101-feet and two inches.

For Gallia Academy, Oiler amassed a new district record and a repeat championship in the 300m hurdles, as she clocked in at 46.09 seconds — completing the hurdles races sweep.

Earlier on Saturday, Oiler earned the district title in the 100m hurdles in 15.94 seconds.

Watts won the girls 800m run in 2:23, as she ran the anchor leg of the Blue Angels’ fourth-place 4x800m unit (10:33) — and the opening leg of the third-place 4x400m team (4:21).

Watts was joined for the distance relay by fellow senior Mesa Polcyn, freshman Brooke Johnson and junior Hailey Deem, while Oiler anchored the 4x400m — along with Watts, third leg Johnson and second leg Deem.

Last season, Deem, Oiler and Watts were members of the 4x400m that reached the regional meet.

The only other Blue Angel regional qualifier was freshman Alex Barnes, who hit 15-feet, eight and three-quarter inches to take fourth in the long jump.

For River Valley, senior Brianna McGuire —in 32-feet and 11 inches — and sophomore Kelsey Brown —in 31-feet and two-and-a-half inches — finished third and fourth respectively in the shot put.

The Lady Raiders’ only other regional qualifier was freshman Savannah Reese, who placed fourth in the one-lap 400m dash in a minute and four seconds.

Fairfield Union, in amounting 133.5 points, captured the team championship —while Sheridan (87.5) clipped Warren (85.5) for runner-up.

Alexander at 81 points finished fourth, while Fairland nudged the Lady Marauders for fifth by a point-and-a-half.

A complete list of results can be found on

The two-day Division II regional meet will take place on Thursday and Saturday at Athens High School’s Rutter Field.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

Meigs’ Sky Brown competes in the first leg of the 4x100m relay at the Meigs Open, at Farmers Bank Stadium on March 28. (Alex Hawley/OVP Sports)’ Sky Brown competes in the first leg of the 4x100m relay at the Meigs Open, at Farmers Bank Stadium on March 28. (Alex Hawley/OVP Sports) Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs