BARNESVILLE - Many area teams got their final invitational style tune-ups for the district meet Saturday at the annual WesBanco Shamrock Relays held at Barnesville High School.
The St. Clairsville boys fought off Harrison Central, 98-94 for the boys' crown, while Steubenville Catholic Central ran away from Union Local, 109-81 for the top prize on the distaff side.
The Red Devils' were fueled by a double victory by junior Colby Lindsay. He won the discus (138-10 1/2) and the shot put (43-0) to get the Devils started in the field.
BARNESVILLE’S Jacob Anderson takes the baton from Jeff Hart during the 4x400 relay at the WesBanco Shamrock?Relays. The Shamrocks’ won the final event of the meet. Anderson also won the long jump and 300 hurdles.
Middle distance ace Drake Walker turned in an impressive 800 meters, setting a meet standard with his 1:58.09.
Harrison Central was pushed to the second-place trophy by an individual victory in the 100. Senior Jeremy Spoonemore captured the short sprint in 11.94.
The Huskies' 4x100 team of Dakota Malcomb, Spoonemore, Travis Stenson and Josh Moore teamed for a 46.00 and victory. The foursome of Malcomb, James Thompson, Moore and Stenson posted a 1:35.50 to win the 4x2.
The Huskies' shuttle team of Terrence Lindsey, Zac Whiteman, Spoonemore and Thompson posted a 62.85 to win the hurdle relay.
Union Local, which finished third in the team standings, was led by senior speedster Collin Jones. The Capital-bound hurdler won the high hurdles in 15.89 and won the pole vault with a season-best clearance of 13-feet.
Barnesville, which finished fifth in the team standings, received yet another brilliant afternoon of work from senior Jacob Anderson. He won the long jump (18-2 1/2) in the morning and then captured his specialty, the intermediate hurdles in a time of 41.06.
The Shamrocks' 4x400 team of Kyle McIntire, Michael Thomas, Jeff Hart and Anderson ran 1600 meters in 3:39.25.
St. John Central produced a pair of meet champions. Junior Garrett Holubeck continued his fine season in the 400, circling the oval in 52.22 for the gold.
Senior Corey Leasure won the 1600 meters in a time of 4:46.29.
Union Local's girls used depth to lift themselves to the second-place trophy.
However, the Lady Jets did win the pole vault. Sophomore Kylie Russell soared over a season-best 10-feet to win her specialty.
On the track, the Lady Jets were led by frosh Hannah Nagy, who captured the 3200 meter run in 13:27.12.
St. Clairsville was third in the girls' team standings. The Red Devils were led by their Division I signed duo of Alyssa Robinson (Penn State) and Amy Castle (UNC-Asheville).
Robinson, the defending the state shot put champion, stayed unblemished in the iron-ball event, while setting yet another meet record in the process. She prevailed with a heave of 43-ft-4.
Castle blazed to victory in the 1600 meter run, posting a 5:08.31 for the title.
River, which won the OVAC Class 3A title last weekend, scored well thanks in large part once again to senior standout Cassidy McCullough. The defending low hurdle state champion stayed unblemished in the event, skimming eight timbers in 47.19 for the title.
Earlier in the meet, she claimed the long jump in a mark of 16-3 3/4.
St. John Central was led on the track by freshman phenom Jessica Alvey, who won the 400 meter dash in 60.30.
In the field, the Lady Irish received a victory from Gabrielle Santinoceto. She won the discus with a twirl of 105-ft-6 1/4.
Monroe Central's lone victory came when the team of Michele Hoskinson, Kylie Milhoan, Molly Schumacher and Elizabeth Robey won the hurdle relay in 1:17.22.