CENTENARY, Ohio — It was close, but Gallia Academy once again defeated Point Pleasant during the 2017 Battle for the Anchor track and field dual held Tuesday on the campus of GAHS in Gallia County.
The Blue Devils (78) and the Blue Angels (60) combined 19 championships in the 31 total events held as the hosts picked up a 29-point triumph with a final tally of 138 points. The Black Knights (41) and Lady Knights (68) came away with a dozen event titles and finished the evening with 109 points.
Starting on the girls side — which consisted of only 16 events because the 3200-meter run wasn’t held — the Lady Knights came away with nine crowns, which included a trio of relays.
The PPHS quartet of Ashley Staats, Sydnee Moore, Madison Hatfield and Teagan Hay came away with first place in both the 4x100m (53.80) and 4x200m (1:54.02) relays, while Moore, Hatfield, Allison Henderson and Morgan Miller won the 4x400m event with a mark of 4:38.90.
The GAHS quartet of Hailey Deem, Brooke Johnson, Mesa Polcyn and Mary Watts won the 4x800m relay with a time of 11:20.14.
Madi Oiler secured four of Gallia Academy’s seven victories individually with wins in the 100m (13.21) and 200m (27.50) dashes, as well as victories in the 100m hurdles (16.85) and 300m hurdles (51.10).
Watts won the 1600m run with a mark of 5:35.70, while Johnson claimed the hosts’ other win in the girls competition with a 2:39.80 effort in the 800m run.
Sami Saunders won three individual events for the Lady Knights in the high jump (4-10), long jump (14-0.5) and pole vault (7-0) events, while Hatfield also claimed first place in the 400m dash with an even mark of 1:06.
Aislyn Hayman also won both the shot put (40-10.5) and discus (137-4) events for the Lady Knights.
The Blue Devils dominated the boys competition after winning 12 of the 15 events held as both the 3200m run and high jump were not held. GAHS also won three of the four relay events on the boys side.
The quartet of Ezra Blain, Braden Jamora, Dylan Nunn and Isaiah Lester combined for the 4x200m (1:37.88) victory, while Blain, Nunn, Kyle Greenlee and Ian Hill won the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:49 even.
Kyle Greenlee, Caleb Greenlee, Cade Mason and Devon Barnes also won the 4x800m relay for the hosts with a time of 9:27.05.
Point’s lone relay win came in the 4x100m event as Justin Brumfield, Cason Payne, Justin Staats and Keshawn Stover posted a mark of 46.70 seconds.
Lester earned three individual titles for the Blue Devils with wins in the 100m (11.67), 200m (23.60) and 400m (53.50) dashes. Blain also picked up a pair of wins in the 110m hurdles (17.84) and 300m hurdles (44.60).
Kaleb Crisenbery was first in both the 800m (2:05.30) and 1600m (4:46.00) runs, while Kyle Greenlee won the pole vault with a cleared height of 10 feet, 9 inches. Ryan Donovsky won the long jump event with a leap of 18-8.
Jesse Gleason accounted for Point Pleasant’s other two boys titles after winning both the shot put (41-1) and the discus (128-1.5) events.
Gallia Academy also won the Battle for the Paddle, the junior high equivalent of the varsity competition. GAHS received 61 points from its girls and 109 points from the boys en route to 170 total points. PPHS, conversely, received 58 points from the girls and another 14 points from the boys for 72 total points.
Complete results of the 2017 Battle for the Anchor are available on the web at baumspage.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.