By MIKE PALMER
Times Leader Sports Writer
BARNESVILLE It was weather more suited to early April as the WesBanco of Barnesville Shamrock Relays took place in the cold with rain and even sleet scattered in between brief breaks of sunshine. The Crusaders of Catholic Central won the boys trophy and take runner up in the last track meet before the district begins Tuesday.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S Valerie Dobbs clears 9 ft 3 in to win the girls pole vault during Saturday’s WesBanco of Barnesville Shamrock Relays.
BARNESVILLE’S Jeff Hart clears a hurdle en route to victory in the 300 intermediate hurdles Saturday.
Waterford won the girls' trophy, edging the Crusaders by a single point with a total of 84. St Clairsville finished third with 75 points and the two-member team from Ohio Virtual Academy came in fourth with 50 points.
Bridgeport's Brianna Massey earned two gold medals and a silver for the Bulldogs. Massey won the 200 meter dash in 28.10 during a downpour and anchored the 4x100 meter relay team to the top of the podium. Cheyenne Flowers, Starbrea Butler and Bethany Barker passed the baton to Massey for a meet best 54.85 in the event. Massey also came in just behind St. John Central's Jessica Alvey in the long lump with a jump of 15-11 3/4.
Alvey won the long jump for the Irish clearing a distance of 16-10 1/4, but did not compete in the 400 meter dash Saturday.
St. Clairsville also captured a pair of gold medals as Valerie Dobbs won the pole vault, clearing 9-ft-3 inches and the Red Devils' shuttle hurdle relay team won the event. Caitlyn Delbrugge, Alyssa Haller, Shelby Sanders and Kaleigh Jozwiak nipped the Catholic Central squad by 1.3 seconds crossing the finish line in 1:15.04.
Host Barnesville won a gold on the girls' side in the field events as Shayla Markovich twirled 108-ft-2 to win the discus.
The Shamrocks finished second in the boys competition, 73 points behind Steubenville Catholic Central's meet high 95.
Jeff Hart won two gold medals in the hurdle events and anchored the Shamrocks' 4x200 meter relay team. Hart posted a time of 42.91 in the 300 meter and 15.88 in the 100 meter hurdles. Barnesville's 4x2 team, consisting of Caid Bunfill, Royse Hall, Daniel Brown and Hart took first place with a 1:37.25.
St. Clairsville finished third with 70 points, posting four gold medals on the day. Chandler Kilburn hung a pair of golds with a solo win in the 400 meter run then ran a leg in the 4x100 meter shuttle hurdle relays. The Red Devils won the shuttle event as Mike Monteroso, Blake Peroni and Brandon Bosworth teamed up with Kilburn to post a time of 1:09.41. St. Clairsville's 4x100 relay team of Isiah Green, Jordan Vincent, Shane Peroni was also anchored by Bosworth as they took the gold with a time of 45.98. Michael Eaton won the fourth gold medal for the Red Devils topping Union Local's Austin Kemp by half a foot clearing the bar at 13-ft-6.
The Jets did earn a gold medal in the high jump as Zach Beck cleared 6 ft even.
St. John Central's Garrett Holubek, who shared the high point with Hart, won a trio of gold medals as he won the 800 meter run, long jump and anchored the Irish 4x400 meter relay team. Holubek jumped 19 feet and one half inch and ran the 800 in 2:02.20 for his individual wins. The Irish foursome of Kyle Whorton, Cameron Opic, Aaron Ebbert and Holubek completed the four lap relay in 3:45.72 for St. John.
River would win their gold medal in the 200 meter dash as Brice Cross bested the field with a 24.22.