Southern takes sixth at NYHS Open

By Alex Hawley -

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The Southern boys and girls track and field teams both finished in sixth place in Wednesday’s Nelsonville-York Open, in Athens County.

The host Buckeyes won the boys competition with a score of 172, while Athens (113) was second and Belpre (101) was third. Waterford was next with 82 points, Trimble was one point back in fifth place, SHS scored 78 to take sixth, while Alexander rounded out the seven-team field with three markers.

The Tornadoes’ 4x800m relay team of Larry Dunn, Jason Counts, Joe Morris and Connor Wolfe claimed first place with a time of 8:57.09. Wolfe won the 3200m run with a time of 11:13.87, and finished second in the 1600m run (4:43.02), while Tyler Pavich was second in the 400m dash (53.36).

SHS senior Joe Beegle (43-10) was third in the shot put, Dunn (4:43.45) was third in the 1600m run, while Riley Roush (24.44) was fourth in the 200m dash.

Nelsonville-York also won the girls team competition with a 156, while Athens (143) was second, while Waterford (108) was third. In fourth place was Belpre (87), Trimble was fifth (61), the Lady Tornadoes (30) were sixth, while Alexander was seventh (25).

Southern’s relay quartet of Kathryn Matson, Marissa Johnson, Mallory Johnson and Kamryn Smith finished third in the 4x200m with a time of 2:06.73, while Smith was second in the 400m dash (1:06.56) and fourth in the 200m dash (29.52).

Complete results of the 2016 Nelsonville-York Open can be found on the web at

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By Alex Hawley