SOUTH POINT, Ohio — If you can’t finish first, then runner-up is as good as it gets.
The Gallia Academy High School track and field teams, competing in Friday’s South Point Invitational, both captured runner-up honors for the coveted team championships.
The Blue Angels amassed 107 points to place second in the girls division, while the Blue Devils racked up 82-and-a-half points for runner-up on the boys side.
The Blue Angels amounted four individual event championships and a pair of second-place performances, while the Blue Devils won two events and were runner-up in two others.
Gallia Academy’s “B” team had four points for the girls, while South Gallia’s 4x800m boys squad placed eighth and earned one point.
There were 13 teams which scored at least four points for the ladies, as Fairland also sported a “B” group.
Ashland amassed 134 points to win the girls team championship, as Fairland finished third with 97.5 while Coal Grove was fourth with 79.
Wheelersburg was fifth with 71, followed by sixth-place Rock Hill with 60.
Fairland’s men mustered 105 points to take the boys team title, as Gallia Academy edged Minford (81 points) by a mere point-and-a-half for second.
Rock Hill and Russell scored 67 points apiece for fourth, followed by Raceland with 65-and-a-half and Wheelersburg with 59.
Exactly 40 of the Blue Angels’ markers came courtesy of senior Madi Oiler, who swept both sprint races as well as her specialty hurdles events.
Oiler — in the 100m hurdles — completed the distance in 15.88 seconds, followed by winning the 100m dash in 12.96.
Later on, she took the 300m hurdles in 46.47 seconds, followed by winning the 200m dash in 26.77 ticks.
Fellow senior Mary Watts was the runner-up in the one-mile run (1,600m run), completing the race in five minutes and 33 seconds — and finishing five seconds behind Ashland freshman Rebekah Howard.
The Blue Angels also finished runner-up to Ashland in the 4x800m relay, as the Blue Angels were clocked in at 10 minutes and 51 seconds.
The Blue Devils’ two wins were by a pair of standout seniors —Isaiah Lester in the one-lap 400m dash in 52.55 seconds and Kaleb Crisenbery in the two-lap 800m run in 2:03.
Crisenbery claimed the team’s two second places — a 4:46 time in the 1,600m run and a six-foot jump in the high jump.
Breydan Tilley of Minford won the boys high jump by clearing six-feet and two-inches, while Bryce Day of Fairland finished first in the mile in four minutes and 43 seconds.
Gallia Academy returns to the road, and returns to invitational action, on Tuesday at Coal Grove.
A complete list of results from the South Point Invitational can be found on www.milesplit.com.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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