UL boys, Barnesville girls win Bellaire Relays titles
BELLAIRE — Union Local’s boys and Barnesville’s girls have deep and talented rosters.
Both paid dividends Saturday at sun-drenched Nelson Field.
The Jets made it two wins in as many invitationals, fending off Division I power Cleveland Glenville by three points. The Shamrocks, meanwhile, claimed the girls title with 117 points, which was 11 better than runner-up Shadyside.
Union Local used its depth to propel itself to the championship and its second invitational victory in as many weeks.
The Jets won only two events over the course of the 18 events and had to deal with Cleveland Glenville’s speed forces, which won every individual event less than 1600m and all but two relays.
Senior Shawn Coe ran an impressive eight laps in 10:14.13 to win the 3200.
The Jets first victory of the day came in the high jump. Senior Liam Vinskovich made it two invitational titles in as many weekends, fending off sophomore teammate Carter Blake on misses. Both Jets jumped 5-10.
Bellaire junior Colt Sechrest was a double winner in the throwing events. He began his day by winning the discus with a mark of 163-ft-11. He then shifted to the shot put ring where he claimed the title with a put of 48-feet.
The Big Reds got a win on the track thanks to senior distance runner Jacob Defibaugh, who ran four laps in 4:43.42.
Barnesville’s first victory came in the pole vault where senior A.J. Detling prevailed with a clearance of 11-6.
Shadyside picked up a victory in the shuttles thanks to the quartet of Dylan Booth, Jordan Joseph, Andrew Osman and Walker Skapik. They cleared 40 hurdles in 67.90 to win by nearly three full seconds.
Martins Ferry claimed the 4×800 thanks to the team of Francis Toohey, Elijah Smith, Trent Lewis and Wyatt Wodarcyk. The Riders ran an 8:50.04.
The Shamrocks seemed to flex their muscle all over the place. Whether it was two field events or in the hurdles, Barnesville scored well.
All told, Mark Brown’s team won four of the 18 events.
Barnesville picked up its first victory at the shot put thanks to junior Anna Yater, who won the iron ball event with a mark of 37-4.
The Shamrocks’ second win the of the morning session came courtesy of Grace Detling, who won the pole vault at 7-6.
On the track, the Shamrocks foursome of Alivia Campbell, Detling, Alana Trigg and Ayla Yater cleared 40 hurdles in 1:25.09 to win the shuttles.
Detling posted a 53.11 to win the 300 low hurdles for her second individual victory of the meet.
Shadyside was fueled to the runner-up trophy four victories.
The first came when junior Paige Gorby marked the sand at 15-feet-0 1/2 to win the long jump.
Sophomore Kierstyn Elerick was the 100 high hurdle champion in a time of 19.03.
The Tigers’ 4×100 team of Baylee Wach, Gorby, Heather Good and Kierstyn Elerick ran a 56.84 to win the gold.
The 4×200 team of Wach, Good, Elerick and Kamdyn Elerick ran a 1:59.95 for the victory.
Harrison Central got a win in the discus. Senior Thea Haney claimed the platter title with a mark of 110-5.
Senior distance dandy Jasmine Arnold claimed the 1600 meter run in a solid 5:36.01. She then added the 3200 title, posting a solid 12:11.06.
The Huskies put the finishing touches on the meet when the team of Dancia Rensi, Abbi Kelley, Nadia Tweedy and Destiny Arnold posted a 4:36.76 to win the 4×400.
Union Local’s Reagan Vinskovich cleared 4-8 to win the high jump.
Jets’ senior Baylee Magnani completed the sprint sweep. She won the 100 in 13.90 and was the 200 meter dash champion in a time of 29.40.
Sophomore Josie Goodson was impressive in winning the 400 meter dash in a time of 62.38.
Indian Creek’s Madison Conrad claimed the 800 meter run title in 2:43.02.