The championship portion of the track and field season got under way Tuesday evening at the former Stanton High School track as Edison played host to the annual Buckeye 8 Track and Field Championship.
Martins Ferry's girls and St. Clairsville boys reigned supreme for the second straight season, capturing the league titles.
The Lady Riders were led by four individual champions and a sweep in the five relay events.
Martins Ferry speedster Taylr Jenkins captured the 100 meter dash in a time of 13.06.
Talented freshman Tyesha Allen turned in a 16.13 to win the 100 meter high hurdles.
Junior Sarah Applegarth notched a victory in the long jump. She marked the sand at 14-ft-9 1/4. She then headed for the track and won the 400 meter dash in a solid 62.73.
The Lady Riders swept the five relay races.
The team of Applegarth, Dionna Lee, Ashley Griffith and Jenkins posted a 52.55 to win the 400 relay. The unit of Applegarth, Wrenn, Destiny Davis and Jenkins teamed for two laps in a time of 1:50.17.
Ferry's foursome of Davis, Jamie Truchan, Jenkins and Wrenn posted a 4:22.11 to win the 4x400. The Lady Riders' claimed the distance relay with a team of Truchan, Lauren Bennett, Brenna Becca and Wrenn, running a 10:40.33.
Finally, Ferry's shuttle team of Courtney Crolley, Griffith, Allen and Allen ran a 68-flat to win the hurdle relay.
St. Clairsville was led by senior standout Alyssa Robinson. The defending state shot put champion won her specialty with a toss of 41-ft-2.
Junior Ayla Stewart won the 200 meter dash in 28.22.
Senior ace Amy Castle captured the 1600 meter run in a sizzling 5:11.78. A short time later, Castle claimed the 800 meter run in a time of 2:25.84.
Union Local sophomore Kylie Russell cleared 9-feet to win the pole vault. Ferry's Courtney Crolley finished second and cleared only 8-ft-6 after she broke her pole and didn't have a second pole with her at the venue.
Bellaire's lone winner came in the 3200 meter run. Sophomore Danielle Stoner prevailed in a time of 13:04.20.
ON THE BOYS' SIDE, the Red Devils amassed 132.5 points, which fended off Martins Ferry which closed with 118 tallies. Harrison Central also had a strong showing, scoring 103 points.
The Red Devils were paced by the sprint sweep of junior Jaylon Brown. He won the 100 (11.10), 200 (23.42) and 400 meter dashes (52.20).
Senior Drake Walker swept the 800 and 1600 meter run crowns. He ran two laps in 2:01.80 and earlier had ran four laps in 4:34.77 to win the 1600.
Igniting the Red Devils' attack was an impressive discus performance by junior Colby Lindsay. He captured the platter event with a twirl of 151-ft-9.
The runner-up Riders got off to a strong start in the field. Senior Cody Schau swept the jumping events. He soared over 6-ft-2 to win the high jump and marked the sand at 19-ft-4 3/4 to take the long jump title.
Senior strongman Sean McGee was up to his normal tricks in the shot put ring. He won with a mark of 50-ft-11. McGee was second in the discus at 151-feet.
Martins Ferry's crack 4x100 and 4x200 teams continued their winning ways. The teaam of Jack Fitch, Brian Styles, Hunter Hill and Andrew Watts posted a 45.33 to win the 4x1 and just a few races prior had ran a 1:33.26 to claim the 4x2.
Harrison Central won the 4x400 team when the team of Blake Yoho, James Thompson, Dakota Malcomb and Josh Moore posted a 3:39.67 to win the final event.
The Huskies' squad of Terrence Lindsey, Zac Whiteman, Jeremy Spoonmore and Thompson teamed to clear 40 hurdles in a time of 62.31 to win the shuttles.
Union Local senior hurdling ace Collin Jones swept the timber races. He cleared the highs in 16.01, edging Harrison Central's Thompson. He then posted a 41.80 to win the 300 intermediate crown.
Jets' sophomore Austin Kemp claimed the pole vault title by clearing 12-feet.