NELSONVILLE, Ohio — It was within an eyelash, and within the most microscopic of margins, but the Wahama High School boys track and field team is the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division champion.
In winning the meet’s final event, by a sharp razor-thin 70 one-hundredths of a single second, the White Falcons finished a mere two points ahead of Belpre to win Thursday’s TVC-Hocking boys championship meet at Boston Field in Nelsonville.
Thanks to capturing a dramatic 4x400m relay race, the White Falcons forged ahead of Belpre for the team title — 113 points to 111.
Both Belpre and Wahama won five events apiece, but it was the White Falcons’ foursome of Wyatt Edwards, Nolan Pierce, Austin Juelfs and Travis Kearns that finished first to ensure the division crown.
The quartet ran a four-lap time of three minutes and 44 seconds — the same for Federal Hocking.
But Wahama had an official time of 3:44.05, while the Lancers were clocked at 3:44.75.
Waterford was third with 66 points, as Eastern (55) edged Southern (54) and Federal Hocking (54) for fourth.
Miller managed 39 points and Trimble 27, while South Gallia gained a single point on a sixth-place finish by Gavin Bevan in the 400m dash.
For the White Falcons, senior Wesley Jones swept the sprint races (11.51 seconds in the 100m dash and 23.66 seconds in the 200m dash), and was the runner-up in the one-lap 400m (52.99 seconds).
Jones also ran the third leg of Wahama’s winning 4x100m relay team (46.08 seconds), which also consisted of second leg Juelfs, anchor leg Pierce and opening leg Brady Bumgarner.
Juelfs won the long jump in a tiebreaker, as he and Miller’s Kody Mckinniss leapt 19-feet, seven and one-quarter inches in the finals.
Juelfs’ second-best jump was 19-feet, three inches, while Mckinniss hit 18-feet, nine inches for his next-best try.
Pierce was the runner-up in the high jump at 5-foot-6, which was won by Mckinniss at 5-foot-8.
Belpre’s Clay Sistrunk swept the 400m, 1,600m and 3,200m runs — and was runner-up in the 800m run to Eastern’s Jett Facemyer.
Facemyer finished the two-lap event with a winning time of two minutes and four seconds.
Had Sistrunk taken the 800m with Facemyer finishing second, Belpre and Wahama would have tied with 113 points.
Belpre’s other wins were by Tojzae Reams in the 300m hurdles and by Logan Racy in the discus.
Eastern junior Clayton Ritchie won the 110m high hurdles in 17.15 seconds — and was runner-up (43.64) to Reams (43.38) in the 300m hurdles.
Southern scored a triumph in the meet’s opening event — the 4x800m relay in eight minutes and 53 seconds.
The sophomore trio of opening leg Larry Dunn, second leg Jason Counts and anchor leg Connor Wolfe teamed up with senior third leg Joe Morris.
Wolfe was second to Sistrunk in the 1,600m and 3,200m runs, running the one-mile in 4:53 and the two-mile in 10:46.
Southern senior Joe Beegle was second to Racy in the discus, as Beegle’s best throw was 124-feet and 11 inches.
Federal Hocking had two first-place efforts — its 4x200m relay unit and Gabe Alexander at nine-feet six inches in the pole vault.
Garrett Lemasters was Waterford’s only winner, throwing the shot put 44-feet, four-and-a-half inches.
A complete list of results can be found on www.baumspage.com.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106