THE PLAINS, Ohio — A dominate day and another league title.
The Eastern girls track and field team earned its eighth straight Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division championship, on Wednesday night at Athens High School, as the Lady Eagles posted a total of 171, a full 91 points ahead of the rest of the field.
Following the Lady Eagles in the girls team standings was Belpre (80), then Waterford (69), Trimble (53) and Federal Hocking (43). Wahama claimed sixth in the girls competition with 39, Southern was seventh with 35, while Miller (14) took eighth and South Gallia rounded out the nine-team field with 12.
Eastern senior Laura Pullins led the Lady Eagles with a perfect score of 40, finishing first in all four of her events. Pullins won the high-jump, clearing 5 feet, 5 inches, while winning all three dashes. The EHS senior ran the 100m dash in 13.36, the 200m dash in 28.25 and the 400m dash in 1:02.78.
EHS senior Alia Hayes won both throwing events for the Lady Eagles, taking the discus throw with a distance of 123-7 and then winning the shot put at 37-00.
Ally Durst and Jessica Cook both claimed a first place finish and a second place finish in individual events, while both contributed to a winning relay and a second place relay. Durst won the 1600m run with a time of 5:45.72 and was second in the 800m run at 2:37.79, while Cook placed first in the 800m run at 2:33.45 and second in the 400m dash at 1:03.25.
Eastern’s winning relay team of Cook, Durst, Taylor Parker and Rhiannon Morris finished the 4x800m in 10:24.00, over 24 seconds ahead of the second place team.
In the 4x400m relay, Durst, Parker, Morris and Hannah Hill took second with a time of 4:42.64. Eastern’s 4x200m relay team of Cook, Rylee Haggy, Jaymie Basham and Cierra Smeeks placed second with a time of 1:58.22, less than half of a second off of the pace.
EHS junior Morgain Little was second in the 100m hurdles at 18.35, Kaitlyn Hawk was second in the 3200m run at 13:00.18, while Sabrina Lauer was second in the discus throw at 96-3. Parker was third in the 1600m run with a time of 5:50.8, while Katie Fick was third in the pole vault, clearing 6-00.
The Lady Falcons’ lone championship came in the 4x100m relay, in which the team of Skylar Riffle, Elizabeth Mullins, Kaleigh Stewart and MacKenzie Barr posted a time of 55.06.
Individually, Mullins was second in the 100m dash at 13.47, Stewart was second in the long jump at 15-5, and Barr was second in the pole vault at 6-6.
Southern’s lone championship came from senior Kamryn Smith, who won the long jump with a leap of 15-7.5. SHS freshman Sydney Roush was third in the 3200m run for SHS, posting a time of 13:09.64.
The Lady Rebels did not have a top-3 finish, but placed fourth in two events. The SGHS relay team of Olivia Harrison, Jaslyn Bowers, Jessica Luther and Alyssa Cremeens was fourth with a time of 5:33.4, while Luther was fourth in the 3200m run at 13:49.49.
On the boys side, Belpre — last year’s runner-up — won with a total of 106. This is the sixth league title in the last seven seasons for BHS.
Following the Golden Eagles was Federal Hocking with 88, and then last year’s champion Wahama with 83. Eastern was fourth at 75, followed by Waterford (58) and Trimble (54). The Tornadoes were seventh with 24, while Miller and South Gallia tied for eighth with 18 apiece.
The White Falcons earned won two events, the longest and shortest relays. The 4x100m relay team of Brodee Howard, Abram Pauley, Brady Bumgarner and Travis Kearns was first with a time of 48.31, while the 4x800m quartet of Jacob Lloyd, Isaiah Pauley, Mason Hildreth and James McCormick won with a time of 8:58.12.
Kearns earned a pair of top-3 finishes in individual events, claiming second in the 800m run at 2:10.68 and third in the long jump at 18-7.5. Howard took second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.71, while Wyatt Edwards was second in the discus with a throw of 127-03.
Hildreth finished third in the 3200m run with a time of 10:55.07 for WHS, while Bumgarner was third in the 200m dash at 25.02.
EHS senior Jett Facemyer led the way for the Eagles, winning the 1600m run at 4:44.90 and the 800m run at 2:09.75. Facemyer — who was a member of a second place relay team — finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19-05, missing out on first place due to a tie-breaker.
Eastern’s 4x400m relay team of Facemyer, Jeremiah Martindale, Clayton Ritchie and Issac Lopez was second with a time of 3:44.92, just .59 seconds off of the pace.
Ritchie claimed a pair of third place finishes for the Eagles, running the 110m hurdles in 17.07 and the 300m hurdles in 44.18. Martindale was third in the 400m dash at 55.54, Corbett Catlett was third in the discus throw at 123-6, while Tyler Davis was third in the shot put at 41-2.
Both of the Tornadoes’ top-3 finishes came in the 1600m run, as Conner Wolfe was second with a time of 4:44.9, and Larry Dunn was third with a time of 4:53.36.
The Rebels’ top finisher was Johnny Sheets, who placed second in the shot put with a distance of 41-02.5.
Complete results of the 2017 TVC Hocking Championships can be found on the web at www.baumspage.com
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.