Lady Eagles 3rd, Lady Marauders 5th at VC Invite

By Alex Hawley -

Eastern’s Morgain Little competes in the 300m hurdles in the Meigs Open, on March 28.

McARTHUR, Ohio — Not only did the Eastern and Meigs girls track and field teams make a major impact on this year’s Vinton County Invitational, but both squads also made a mark in the meet record books.

Waverly won the team competition with a score of 119, bettering second place Alexander by just one point. With 11 teams scoring, Eastern was third with 81, while Meigs placed fifth with 73, with EHS senior Laura Pullins and MHS sophomore Kassidy Betzing setting new meet records in the high jump and long jump respectively.

For the Lady Eagles, Pullins won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 5 inches. Pullins also claimed a third place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 27.8, and a sixth place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 13.5.

Eastern’s other first place finish came in the 1600m run, as Ally Durst posted a time of 5:46.7, which was 4.3 seconds ahead of the field.

EHS junior Jessica Cook was second in the 400m dash with a time of 1:03.0, while Morgain Little claimed fourth in both the 100m hurdles, with a time of 17.9, and the long jump, with a leap of 14-1.

EHS senior Taylor Parker picked up a fourth place finish in the 1600m run with a time of 5:59.8, while Kaitlyn Hawk was fifth in the 3200m run at 13:25.3. Katie Ridenour was sixth in the discus throw with a toss of 75-07, Katie Fick was sixth in the pole vault at 6-6, while Hannah Hill was seventh in the long jump at 13-6.5.

All four of the Lady Eagle relay teams scored in the meet, led by the 4x800m quartet of Hawk, Hill, Rhiannon Morris and Lexa Hayes, which was third with a time of 11:40.4

Finishing fourth in the 4x200m relay with a time of 1:59.0 was the group of Cook, Rylee Haggy, Jaymie Basham and Cierra Smeeks, while the 4x100m team of Basham, Haggy, Fick and Smeeks claimed fifth with a time of 56.2. In the 4x400m relay, Basham, Smeeks, Morris and Fick claimed seventh with a time of 5:00.6.

For the Lady Marauders, Betzing won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet even. Betzing also took fourth in two events, running the 100m dash in 13.3 and running the 200m dash in 28.0.

MHS senior Jessie Donohue claimed second in the discus throw with a distance of 97-4, while Caroline Roush was third in the shot put at 29-9 and fifth in the discus at 90-4.

Lydia Edwards claimed third in the pole vault for Meigs, clearing 7-00. Madison Cremeans was fifth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:08.5 and eighth in the 200m dash with a mark of 29.6, while Gracie Hoffman was eighth in the 1600m run at 6:14.5, and Sky Brown was eighth in the 100m dash at 14.1.

The Lady Marauders also scored in each of the four relays, led by the 4x400m team of Edwards, Hoffman, Brown and Carmen Doherty, which was second with a time of 4:45.0.

The MHS 4x100m relay team of Betzing, Brown, Kati Brinker, and Carlee Swartz was third with a time of 54.7, the quartet of Brinker, Cremeans, Swartz and Keira McCourt was sixth in the 4x200m at 2:04.3, while the 4x800m team of Doherty, Caitlyn Rest, Hailey Marcum and Ariann Sizemore was sixth with a time of 12:21.6.

Complete results of the 2017 Vinton County Invitational can be found on the web at

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Eastern’s Morgain Little competes in the 300m hurdles in the Meigs Open, on March 28.’s Morgain Little competes in the 300m hurdles in the Meigs Open, on March 28.

By Alex Hawley