BELPRE, Ohio — Three local track and field programs — Eastern, Wahama and Southern — fared well Saturday afternoon at the 2012 Belpre Shrine Invitational held at Belpre High School in Washington County.
Each of the six area teams had at least one top-four effort at the event, which featured a dozen girls teams and 10 boys squads. Warren claimed a sweep of the team championships, as the Warriors (162 points) won the boys title by 59 points while the Lady Warriors (103) posted a 15-point triumph over the ladies’ field.
Within the Ohio Valley Publishing area, the Eastern girls and Wahama boys came away with top honors within their respective divisions. The Lady Eagles finished third overall with 86 points,while the White Falcons placed sixth overall with 35 points.
The Lady Eagles won four of the 17 events and had 11 top-four efforts, which left EHS just two points back of runner-up Zanesville (88) in the team standings. The Lady Falcons had two top-four efforts and finished ninth as a team with 15 points, while the Lady Tornadoes had one top-four effort in tying Trimble for 11th place with six points.
Maddie Rigsby won the lone individual crown in the high jump event with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches. The Lady Eagles also won relay titles in the 4x200m, 4x400m and 4x800m events.
The 4x800m squad of Taylor Palmer, Savannah Hawley, Asia Michael and Keri Lawrence posted a winning mark of 10:32.47, while the 4x400m team of Rigsby, Hawley, Lawrence and Palmer won with a time of 4:28.17.
The 4x200m team of Hawley, Lawrence, Rigsby and Jenna Burdette posted a winning time of 1:54.82. That same quartet also finished second in the 4x100m relay with a mark of 55.23 seconds. Burdette was also fourth in both the long jump (15 feet, 1.75 inches) and 100m dash (13.97).
Cassidy Cleland was second in the discus event (94-7) for EHS, while Katie Keller placed third in the shot put with a heave of 30 feet, 3 inches. Michael also placed second and third in the 800m (2:46.88) and 1600m (5:57.37) events, respectively.
Kelsey Zuspan paced the Lady Falcons by finishing second in the 100m dash (12.85) and third in the 200m dash (27.90). Jennifer McCoy had the Lady Tornadoes’ top effort of the day in the 1600m run, where she finished fourth with a time of 6:02.93.
Wahama managed only three top-four efforts in the boys competition, but all three of those placements runed into event titles — which helped WHS finish sixth overall with 35 points. Jacob Ortiz claimed a pair of victories in the 100m (11.78) and 200m (24.42) dashes, while Jacob Buzzard won the 400m dash with a mark of 56.78 seconds.
The Eagles had one individual champion and four top-four efforts en route to placing eighth overall with 29 points. Tyler Cline won the discus event (152-2) and placed third in the shot put (45-3), while Daschle Facemyer finished fourth in the long jump (17-8) final.
Eastern’s 4x200m relay team of Facemyer, Triston Goodnite, Ethan Steger and Zach Browning also finished fourth with a mark of 1:43.15.
The Tornadoes scored 15 points and finished 10th overall after netting a pair of third place finishes. Andrew Ginther was third in the 400m dash (57.29), while the 4x400m quartet of Ginther, Justin Hettinger, Tristen Wolfe and Tommy Werry placed third with a mark of 3:59.80.
Morgan, with 103 points, was the overall runner-up in the boys division.
Complete results of the 2012 Belpre Shrine Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com