OAK HILL, Ohio — The Gallia Academy girls and the Unioto boys came away with top honors Friday night during the 2012 Oak Hill Invitational held at Davis Stadium in Jackson County.
The Blue Angels scored a meet-best 110 team points en route to claiming a 14-point decision over the 17-team girls’ field, while the Shermans (99) claimed an 11-point decision in the 20-team boys competition. Fairland was the overall runner-up in both the boys (88) and girls (96) meets.
The Gallia Academy girls recorded a dozen top-four finishes and also had six first place efforts in 17 events. Meigs, which finished 12th overall with 27 points, landed zero championships and three top-four placements.
Peyton Adkins led GAHS with wins in both the 1600m (5:23.84) and 800m (2:27.70) runs, and the senior also placed fourth overall in the 300m hurdles with a mark of 52.66 seconds. Hannah Watts was first in the 400m dash (1:02.48) and also came in second in the 200m dash (28.35). Natalie Close also won the discus event with a heave of 115 feet, 6 inches.
Kathleen Allen was the runner-up in the long jump event (14-6), while Tayler Queen claimed a pair of fourth place efforts in the 100m dash (13.59) and long jump (14-2) contests.
The 4x100m relay squad of Allen, Queen, Andrea Edelmann and Abby Wiseman won gold with a mark of 45.61 seconds, while the 4x400m team of Adkins, Watts, Madison Holley and Shaniqwa Hope captured first with a time of 4:27.07. The 4x200m foursome of Queen, Edelmann, Wiseman and Watts also finished second with a mark of 1:53.16.
Haley Kennedy led the Lady Marauders by placing third in the 800m run with a time of 2:38.51. The 4x100m squad of Marlee Hoffman, Mercadies George, Kelsey Hudson and Brook Andrus finished fourth with a time of 55.83 seconds, while the 4x400m quartet of George, Andrus, Kennedy and Shawnella Patterson came in fourth with a mark of 4:44.78.
The Blue Devils scored 60 points and placed fifth overall in the boys competition, while the Marauders came in 19th with five points. GAHS had three champions and six top-four efforts, while Meigs failed to land a top-four performance.
Joel Craft finished first in the pole vault event with a cleared height of 12 feet, while Tyler Campbell won the long jump event with a leap of 21 feet, one-half inch. Logan Allison was also third overall in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 5.5 inches.
The 4x200m relay team of Campbell, Frank Goff, Joel Johnston and Casey Lawrence captured first place with a time of 1:34.81, while the 4x100m quartet of Goff, Johnston, Campbell and Aaron Fairchild finished second with a mark of 45.61 seconds. The 4x400m foursome of Goff, Lawrence, Winston Wade and Tim Warner also finished fourth with a mark of 3:43.59.
The Marauders’ top finish came from Steven Mahr, who placed fifth overall in the 800m event with a time of 2:05.64.
Complete results of the 2012 Oak Hill Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com