OV track stars turn in strong performances at district meet

Photo by Mike Hughes Nathan Booth of Shadyside captured the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.38, breaking an eastern district record of 14.43 that stood since 1989 when set by Mingo Junction’s Randy Rouse. His brother Dylan Booth, competing for the first time this season after battling injuries, ran a 15.32 to finish third and also qualify.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Tuscarawas Valley captured both the girls’ and boys’ Division III District Championships on Thursday at Red Devils Stadium in St. Clairsville.

The Trojans’ boys team finished with 98 points, 15 ahead of runner-up Buckeye Trail at 83, while the girls total of 136 bettered runner-up Sandy Valley by 26 points.

Martins Ferry’s boys finished fifth with 42, followed by Bellaire at sixth with 39 and Steubenville Catholic in eighth at 35.

Shadyside was the highest-finishing girls’ team locally, coming in seventh at 32 with Bellaire in ninth with 27.

While no team titles were had for Ohio Valley teams, there were plenty of strong individual performances.

Catholic Central junior Andrew Rohde continued his recent string of dominance in the distance events, finishing as a double winner in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Rohde came in sub-10 minutes in the 3,200 at 9:53.23 while teammate Cash Dobson just finished qualifying for regionals at 10:54.09, good enough for fifth. Bellaire’s Kai Brehm came in eighth.

In the four-lap event,; Rodhe set out early and was never challenged, beginning the final lap with a 200-meter advantage.

He finished in 4:32.39, well ahead of runner-up Kaelli Whitlach of Tusky Valley and Bellaire’s Landen Perdue, who were second and third respectively.

Another impressive performance came from the Booth brothers in the 110 hurdles.

Dylan Booth, battling back problems since football season, ran in his first finals this track season. The result was a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles at 15.32 to qualify. N/ot to be outdone, his brother Nathan ran a 14.38, good enough to establish a new mark set by Mingo Junction’s Randy Rouse.

Shenandoah’s Braxton Barnett came in second in the 110s, but came back to win the 300 hurdles as well as hitting a PR to win the high jump at 6-feet, 6-inches.

Buckeye Trail’s Donovon Geiger also doubled up in individual events, winning both the 100 (10.98) and 200 (22.45). River’s Brandon Miller and Trail’s Mason Todd qualified for regionals in the 200, finishing in third and fourth, while Miller also moved on the 100, coming in fourth.

Martins Ferry’s Ryan Theaker is moving on in the 800, finishing fourth, two spots ahead of Toronto’s Landon Grimes and four ahead of CCHS’ Brendan Kuebler in eighth.

Trail, Ferry, and River finished 1, 2, and 3 in the 4×100, all advancing, as did Trail (1st), Ferry (3rd) and Bellaire (4th) in the 4×200. Geiger anchored both relay wins for the Warriors.

Bellaire’s 4×400 team came in second.

Trail’s Charlie Perry (6-2) and Jermale Thompson (5-8) advanced in the high jump. Thompson, who finished in a logjam tie at fourth, advanced via a jumpoff.

On the girls’ side, Bellaire pushed a couple athletes through in the field events as Aubree Hines finished fourth in the long jump while Allison Vingia came in second in the discus, sandwiched by district champion Gwyn Lori and third-place Laurana Lashley, both of Caldwell.

It took an actual photo-finish to determine the final qualifier in the 4×200 as Catholic Central anchor Kathryn Bolster just edged Shadyside’s Mia Boatman-Salas to give the Crusaders the final spot. Bolster ran the lead leg of the Crusaders’ third-place 4×400 team and qualified individually in the 400, finishing fourth at 1:02.07.

Toronto’s Josie Dickinson just missed moving on in the 800, coming in fifth at 2:26.87.

Shenandoah freshman distance ace Ida Estadt came in second in the 3,200 after displaying an impressive kick down the home stretch to win the 1,600. Shadyside’s Chloe Mehelovitch was fourth in the 1,600.

Shenandoah’s Mya Leach finished first in the 200 and third in the 100, while teammate Alyssa Crum joins Bolster in moving on in the 400, coming in second.

River experienced some success in the hurdle events, as Brooke Huffman and Macy Isaly came in second and fourth, respectively, in the 100 highs and teammate Mallory Brake was third in the 300 lows. Shadyside’s Boatman-Salas finished runner-up in the 300s.


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