GA competes at Coal Grove Invite

By Paul Boggs -

COAL GROVE, Ohio — For the Gallia Academy High School track and field teams, Tuesday turned out to be a senior signee showcase.

That’s because three GAHS senior student-athletes which will continue their track and field careers in college collected most of the team’s points at the annual Coal Grove Invitational.

For the Blue Angels, Madi Oiler — even without competing in her specialty hurdles events —amassed two individual championships and one third-place performance, while Mary Watts was a champion in one and runner-up in another.

The two also made up half of the Blue Angels’ 4x400m relay team, which was runner-up to Coal Grove and completed the four-lap race in four-and-a-half minutes.

On the boys side, Kaleb Crisenbery —who on Wednesday officially announced his intention to run track and field for Shawnee State University —captured the 800m run for the Blue and White’s only individual title.

He also anchored the Blue Devils’ distance relay quartet, which won the 4x800m relay in eight minutes and 50 seconds.

Crisenbery claimed third in the boys high jump as well, clearing the bar at five feet and 10 inches.

For the team totals, Gallia Academy’s girls finished third with 92.5 points, trailing only champion Wheelersburg with 160 and runner-up Fairland at 108.

There were nine teams which scored at least 34 points, including host Coal Grove (86.5), Raceland (58), Chesapeake (47), Ironton (38), Rock Hill (37) and South Point (34).

For the boys, the Blue Devils secured seventh with 60-and-a-half points, as a dozen squads scored at least three, including Coal Grove’s “B” team.

Fairland finished first with 131, followed by Raceland with 96 and Wheelersburg with 80.

Oiler — who did not run either hurdles race nor her top sprint of the 200m dash — did win the 100m dash in 12.90 seconds, and the 400m dash in a minute and two ticks.

Oiler, a University of Rio Grande commit, also finished third in the 800m run in 2:28.

Watts (2:28.52) was second in that race by only six one-hundredths of a second ahead of Oiler (2:28.58), and only 28 one-hundredths of a second behind the winner —Kelsie Hegemeyer of Chesapeake (2:28.24).

Watts — who is headed to Otterbein University — was the champion in the mile, completing the 1,600m distance in five-and-a-half minutes.

Oiler was the anchor leg and Watts was the third for the 4x400m, as they were joined by opening leg Brooke Johnson and second leg Hailey Deem.

Crisenbery, in winning the two-lap 800m, crossed the finish line in exactly two minutes and six seconds.

He was joined in the relay by second leg Caleb Greenlee, third leg Kyle Greenlee and opening Isaiah Lester.

The meet was scored on a 10-8-6-4-2-1 points basis.

A complete list of results can be found on

Gallia Academy is now idle until next Saturday (May 13), when it will host the annual Ohio Valley Conference meet.

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

By Paul Boggs