THE PLAINS, Ohio — Both Gallia Academy and Meigs will be represented next weekend at Jesse Owens Stadium following the conclusion of the Division II regional track and field championships held last Thursday and Saturday at Rutter Field on the campus of Athens High School in Athens County.
A total of four local athletes advanced to the state meet in Columbus in D-2, with both the Blue Devils and the Blue Angels landing a participant apiece on behalf of GAHS.
The Lady Marauders will also have one athlete competing at the state level, while the Marauders advanced one participant into the seated/wheelchair final.
Both River Valley squads had their respective 2016 campaigns come to an end at the Athens regional.
Gallia Academy juniors Madi Oiler and Isaiah Lester, as well as MHS senior Cory Scarberry, will be making repeat trips to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this weekend. Oiler qualified in the 300m hurdles, Lester is once again headed to the 800m semifinals, and Scarberry advanced in the seated shot put event.
Oiler finished sixth overall in the same event a year ago at the D-2 state meet, while Scarberry was fifth in the same shot put final last summer. Lester is the only repeat qualifier that didn’t finish on the podium last year after placing 15th overall.
Oiler placed second at regionals in the 300m hurdles with a time of 45.46 seconds, while Lester was third overall at regionals with a mark of 1:58.80. Scarberry was also sixth in the shot put final with a heave of 10 feet, 4 inches.
The lone newcomer to the state meet is Meigs freshman Kassidy Betzing, who qualified in the D-2 girls long jump with a runner-up leap of 17 feet, 10.25 inches.
While that quartet has one more week of competition awaiting, the remainder of the Ohio Valley Publishing area had the 2016 season come to an end at the D-2 regionals.
Starting in the girls division, Betzing missed out on a second state event after placing 12th overall in the 100m dash with a time of 13.29 seconds. Teammate Taylor Swartz also placed 11th in the 200m dash (28.75) and was 15th in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 7 inches.
Gracie Hoffman of MHS finished 13th overall in the 800m run with a time of 1:57.69, while the Lady Marauders did place sixth in the 4x100m relay as the foursome of Betzing, Swartz, Cassidy Atkinson and Sky Brown posted a time of 52.09 seconds.
Hoffman, Caitlyn Rest, Madison Fields and Madison Cremeans also finished 15th in the 4x800m run with a mark of 10:36.42.
Oiler, Erin Lincoln, Jamie Canfield and Grace Martin placed 16th in the 4x100m relay with a time of 54.99 seconds. That same quartet was also disqualified in the 4x200m relay event.
Lincoln, Oiler, Hailey Deem and Mary Watts also ended up 15th in the 4x400m relay event with a time of 4:26.19.
The Lady Raiders competed in only two regional events, with the 4x800m relay squad of Kenzi Baker, Sarah Moffett, Ieva Katkauskaite and Leanne Hively finishing 13th with a mark of 10:30.54. Moffett was also 10th in the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.87.
Carrollton won the D-2 girls title with 73 points, with Steubenville (58) and West Holmes (41) rounding out the top three team tallies.
Meigs finished tied with Cambridge for 22nd place with 11 points, while the Blue Angels joined Miami Trace, Waverly and Jackson in a tie for 25th place with eight points.
A total of 41 girls teams scored at least one point at the D-2 meet, but River Valley was not one of those squads.
Both Fairfield Union and St. Clairsville came away with a co-championship on the boys’ side with 50 points apiece, with Maysville finishing third out of 41 scoring teams with 45 points.
Gallia Academy tied Beaver for 32nd place with six points, while the Raiders were 41st overall with two points. The Meigs boys did not score a point as a team at the D-2 regional meet.
Kaleb Crisenbery competed in two individiual events for the Blue Devils. The junior was 11th in the 800m run (2:03.21) and also tied for 12th in the high jump with a cleared height of six feet.
The 4x400m relay team of Lester, Crisenbery, Dylan Nunn and Zac Bokal also placed ninth overall with a time of 3:32.93.
Isaiah Beach came away with River Valley’s lone team points after placing seventh in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.07 seconds. Andrew Moffett was also 10th in the 100m dash with a mark of 11.59 seconds.
The Marauders’ quartet of Jake Swindell, James Parsons, Zach Bartrum and Dillon Mahr finished 10th overall in the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:30.04.
Nate Hoover was 15th in the 400m dash with a time of 53.63 seconds, while Jared Kennedy was 15th in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 1 inch.
Complete results of the 2016 Division II regional track and field championships at Athens High School are available on the web at baumspage.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.