SOUTH POINT, Ohio — The track teams from Gallia Academy and River Valley collectively scored 29 top-four finishes, six individual titles and three meet records Friday at the Arthur Lydiard Classic held on the campus of South Point High School in Lawrence County.
The Athens girls (150) and Minford boys (131) came away with top honors in the final team standings, but both local programs made quite an impact in the 17-event competition. There were a total of 14 scoring teams on the girls side and 17 scoring teams in the boys division.
The Blue Angels were the overall runner-up with 80 points, while the Lady Raiders finished fourth in the girls standings with 74.5 points. The Blue Devils finished third on the boys side with 96.5 points and the Raiders were 10th with 21 points.
All three meet records from the OVP area came on first-place efforts on the girls side, with two of those coming from GAHS.
The quartet of Mesa Polcyn, Madison Holley, Mary Watts and Hannah Watts shaved more than five seconds off the 4x800m relay mark with a time of 10:11.42. Hannah Watts — a senior — also trimmed more than four seconds off the old 800m run record with a winning mark of 2:23.13.
The RVHS foursome of Rachael Smith, Carli Dillon, Rachel Haddad and Ramsey Warren knocked a half-second off the old 4x100m record by posting a winning time of 52.33 seconds.
The Blue Angels also got a victory from Mary Watts, who posted a winning time of 12:20.60 in the 3200m run. Taylor Queen was second in the long jump (15-11) and Elizabeth Holley was fourth in the 3200m run (13:26.29).
GAHS placed second in both the 4x200m (1:53.90) and 4x400m (4:26.93) relays and also finished third in the 4x100m relay (53.91).
Ramsey Warren earned a pair of runner-up efforts for RVHS in the 100m (13.23) and 200m (28.10) dashes, while Brianna McGuire placed third in the shot put with a heave of 30 feet, 1.5 inches.
Rachael Smith was third in the 100m dash (13.52) and fourth in the 400m dash (1:04.65), while Kayla Browning was fourth overall in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.08 seconds.
The Lady Raiders also placed third in the 4x400m relay (4:37.38) and 4x200m relay (1:57.74) events.
On the boys side of things, the Blue Devils recorded 11 of the dozen top-four finishes from the local programs — including both event wins. Jacob Click was first in both the 200m dash (23.15) and 400m dash (51.18), and also finished second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.48 seconds.
Logan Allison was second in the long jump (20-9.5) and fourth in the high jump (5-10), while Winston Wade was the 800m runner-up with a time of 2:07.74. Griffon McKinniss was third in the pole vault (11-6) and Quenton McKinnis was fourth in the 110m hurdles (16.74).
The 4x100m (45.16), 4x400m (3:38.04) and 4x800m (8:52.44) relay squads from GAHS also finished second in those respective events.
The Raiders received a fourth place effort from Andrew Moffett with a time of 11.64 seconds in the 100m dash.
Complete results of the Lydiard Classic at SPHS are available on the web at baumspage.com