BIDWELL, Ohio —Amid modest rainfall that turned into a torrential downpour, the River Valley Raiders and Meigs Marauders managed strong showings at Wednesday’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division boys track and field championship meet at River Valley High School.
In fact, they were within 40 points of Athens — which has dominated the division ever since its entry into the TVC in 2008.
The Bulldogs — in fact — broken up by only Vinton County five years ago, have now captured five consecutive Ohio Division championships, and seven of the past eight with Wednesday’s crown.
Athens amassed 131 team points — as Nelsonville-York (115), River Valley (92) and Meigs (90) were all close behind.
River Valley is concluding only its second academic year of TVC-Ohio competition.
Given the rain combined with the eventual unsafe competition conditions for the boys pole vault, that event was postponed until Thursday at Nelsonville-York.
Hunter Edwards of Nelsonville-York then proceeded to win that final event.
Meigs mustered its only victory in the meet’s first event — the 4x800m relay with a winning time of eight minutes and 40 seconds.
The foursome consisted of senior opening leg Jake Swindell, junior second leg James Parsons, freshman third leg Zach Bartrum and junior anchor Dillon Mahr.
The Raiders, meanwhile, recorded a pair of wins — both coming back-to-back when the rainfall was at its hardest.
Mark Wray — a senior — won the 300m hurdles in 43.62 seconds, while sophomore Kyle Coen captured the championship in the 800m run in 2:08.
The Raiders also registered six second-place finishes, including Isaiah Beach in both hurdles races.
Beach ran the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.04 seconds — a razor-thin two one-hundredths of a second behind Owen Bailey of Athens.
Beach (43.81) was then the runner-up to Wray (43.62) by 19 one-hundredths of a second in the 300m hurdles.
Andrew Moffett was the runner-up in the 100m dash, sprinting 11.77 seconds.
Moffett and Wray were part of the Raiders’ runner-up 4x200m squad, as the junior Moffett ran the opening leg and Wray the third.
They were joined by sophomore Jarrett McCarley on the second leg and senior Dayton Hardway the last.
The only other individual seconds for River Valley were Nathaniel Abbott in the 3,200m run and Eric Weber in the discus throw.
Abbott amassed an eight-lap time of 10 minutes and 50 seconds, while Weber tossed the disc 126-feet and seven inches.
Meigs’ 4x400m relay team was runner-up in 3:41 — consisting of Mahr (second leg), Bartrum (third leg) and Swindell (anchor leg) along with opening leg Nate Hoover.
Jared Kennedy, a junior, was runner-up for the Marauders in the long jump at an even 19-feet.
In addition to Athens’ 4x400m relay win, the Bulldogs earned individual wins from Bailey (110m hurdles) and Peter Buckley (3,200m run) — as Eric Holzschu swept the 200m and 400m dashes.
In the other four field events, Noah Andrews of Nelsonville-York swept the discus and shot put titles, while Seth McPherson of Alexander swept the high jump and long jump.
Nelsonville-York also swept the sprint relay races (4x10m and 4x200m).
Alexander, which scored 66 points for fifth place, also gained a win from Carter Carr in the 1,600m run.
Forrest Hale had all 16 of Wellston’s points, capturing the championship in the 100m dash while finishing third in the 200m dash.
Hale ran a “TVC-Ohio fastest man” time in 11.61 seconds (100m dash).
Vinton County, which also finished with 16 points, had no event winners.
A complete list of results can be found on www.baumspage.com.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106