Union Local boys, St. Clairsville girls win 50th Shadyside Relays titles
SHADYSIDE — The annual running of the Shadyside Relays has always proven to be a really good litmus test for track teams to get a glimpse of where they are as the season hits the mid-way point.
The 50th running was no different Saturday at overcast Fleming Field.
Upwards of 20 boys and girls teams converged on ‘Ohio’s Finest’ to gauge themselves against competition from throughout the Eastern District and West Virginia.
Similar to earlier meet, the Union Local boys depth was too much to overcome, while the St. Clairsville girls staved off a stiff test from Claymont to claim the female title.
Union Local set the tone during the morning session when it claimed three events — the 4×8, high jump and shuttles — and then showed up letup in the afternoon when the points kept coming for the Jets.
Union Local finished with 107 points, which was 30 better than runner-up Bellaire.
Igniting the Jets’ engines once again was senior Liam Vinskovich, who had a hand in all three of those aforementioned UL victories.
He won the high jump at 6-feet.
In the 4×8, Vinskovich was joined by Zac Bateman, Shawn Coe and Andrew Martin. The quartet posted an impressive 8:23.08 in winning the distance relay by nearly 10 full seconds.
In the hurdle relay, Vinskovich, Hayden McCrate, Nathan Meyer and D.J. Butts posted a 62.29 for the title.
Union Local iced its victory when the team of Bateman, Martin, Kaleb Farmer and Vinskovich posted a 3:38.15 to win the 4×4.
Runner-up Bellaire won five events and junior Colt Sechrest was responsible for half of those in the field.
Sechrest re-wrote the Shadyside Relays record in the discus with a mark of 171-ft-6. He then shifted to the shot put ring where he won the gold with a solid 48-2.
On the track, freshman Mayson Sochor continued his impressive rookie season with a victory in the 110 high hurdles in 16.21.
Senior distance ace Jacob Defibaugh was another double winner in the meet. He got into the victory act by claiming the 1600 meter run in 4:39.69. A short-time later, he won the 3200 meters in 10:09.81.
St. Clairsville won three events en route to finishing third with 73 points.
Individually, freshman Colton Westlake visited the winner’s circle for the first time in an invitational. He skimmed eight hurdles in 43.54 to capture the intermediate crown.
The Red Devils’ team of Ian Dagan, Austin DaRe, Jacob Jordan and Colin Oberdick passed the baton around the track to a 46.24 for the win.
A short-time earlier, the 4×2 team of Dagan, Oberdick, Nathaniel Ellison and DaRe teamed to win the crown in 1:35.19.
The host Tigers, who were fifth with 54 points, picked up a victory in the pole vault thanks to frosh Andrew Osman. He won with a 12-6 clearance.
Martins Ferry junior Francis Toohey continued to be impressive in the 800. He won the event once again with a time of 2:03.77.
Linsly picked up a victory in the long jump. Sophomore Nathan Coleman, who was less than 24 hours removed from basketball season, marked the sand at 20-ft-10 to win the long jump.
Beallsville’s only win came in the 100 thanks to junior Brandon Louden, who broke the tape at 11.45 to win the short sprint by four hundredths of a second.
Steubenville Catholic picked up a win in the 400 thanks to senior Joe Rohde. He circled the oval in 52.02.
St. Clairsville was able to pull away from the Mustangs by accumulating 98 points.
The Red Devils won the title despite competing without All-Ohioan Emily Thompson in the pole vault due to the ACT.
Leading the way for the Red Devils was junior speedster Casadie DiBetta. She won the 100 meter dash for the second consecutive invitational, posting a 12.92.
St. C. picked up a win in the shuttles when the quartet of Sydney Miller, Delaney Florence, Alivia DaRe and Emma Henry joined hurdling forces for a 1:15.89.
In the 4×1, St. C.’s team of Madie Stock, DiBetta, Alivia Andlinger and Henry posted a 52.80 for the gold.
Linsly, which won three events, saw its depth be able to accumulate 40.33 points en route to 70.33 and a third-place finish.
Twenty points came courtesy of senior Molly Heron. She claimed the 1600 meter run in a time of 5:40.23 and added the 800 with a solid 2:30.79.
Senior Sydney Glessner won the 200 by edging out DiBetta by eight hundredths of a second with a 26.70.
Barnesville put forth another strong showing en route to placing fourth with 55 points.
Junior Anna Yater won the shot put title with a mark of 38-4 1/4.
At the pole vault,
On the track, sophomore Aubrey Johnson was a wire-to-wire winner in the 3200 meter run to start the day. She ran eight laps in 12:46.58.
In the second running final of the day, the Shamrocks team of Marah Bethel, Ayla Yater, Aubrey Johnson and Emma Helmick posted a 10:55.45 to win the 4×800.
The host Tigers got a win in the long jump thanks to junior Paige Gorby. She marked the sand at 16-1 3/4.
Bellaire’s lone winner on the girls’ side came in the discus ring where junior Katelyn Hart prevailed with a toss of 117-6.
Union Local sophomore Josie Goodson continued to impress in the 400 meter dash. She posted a 1:02.29 for the title.
Steubenville Catholic’s only female victory came from junior Clara Symington, who continued her fine early season in the high hurdles with a time of 16.61.