NELSONVILLE, Ohio — For the second time in as many seasons, the Eastern Lady Eagles ruled the entire roost Thursday night at the 2012 Tri-Valley Conference Track and Field Championships held at Boston Field on the campus Nelsonville-York High School in Athens County.
The Lady Eagles won their second straight outright TVC girls crown by scoring 124 team points, which was 10.5 points better than the rest of the 12-team field. Athens — which ended up being the TVC Ohio champ — finished second overall with 113.5 points.
Meigs was eighth with 43 points, while Wahama (9), South Gallia (8) and Southern (6) rounded out the final three places in the standings. It was also the third consecutive TVC Hocking crown for the Lady Eagles.
Eastern had five individual championships and 13 top-three efforts through 17 events, including a pair of gold medals in relays. The 4x200m quartet of Jenna Burdette, Savannah Hawley, Keri Lawrence and Maddie Rigsby finished first with a time of 1:51.17, while the 4x400m quartet of Rigsby, Hawley, Burdette and Taylor Palmer posted a winning time of 4:22.03.
Rigsby was also first in the 800m run (2:28.97) and second in the high jump (4-11), while Hawley won the 400m dash (1:02.25) and finished third in the 200m dash (28.06). Cassidy Cleland also won the discus event with a heave of 104 feet, 3 inches.
Lawrence had a pair of second place efforts in the 100m hurdles (16.85) and 300m hurdles (49.15), while Burdette finished second in the long jump event with a leap of 16 feet, 2.75 inches. Katie Keller was also the discus runner-up with a throw of 94 feet, 2 inches.
Palmer was third in the 1600m run with a time of 5:41.62. Eastern’s 4x800m relay squad of Palmer, Lawrence, Asia Michael and Cheyenne Doczi also finished third with a time of 10:52.31.
Haley Kennedy had the top finish for the Meigs girls after placing second in the 800m run with a time of 2:33.12. The 4x200m relay team of Marlee Hoffman, Brook Andrus, Kelsey Hudson and Mercadies George also finished third with a mark of 1:53.93.
Wahama’s Kelsey Zuspan was also the 100m dash runner-up with a time of 13.14 seconds, rounding out the top-three efforts from the girls in the Ohio Valley Publishing area.
On the boys side of things, Athens came away with top overall and TVC Ohio honors by posting a winning score of 124 team points. Belpre was the TVC Hocking champion and overall runner-up with 83.5 points.
Southern led the five local schools by finishing fifth overall with 65 points, followed by Meigs (45), Wahama (39.5) and Eastern (36) in the seven through nine spots. South Gallia placed 11th out of 14 teams with 11 team markers.
The Tornadoes came away with three individual titles and four top-three efforts, and junior Kody Wolfe was involved with all four events. Wolfe captured gold three times in the 800m (2:02.81), 1600m (4:41.01) and 3200m (10:27.03) runs and also joined Justin Hettinger, Chris Chaney and Andrew Ginther in finishing second in the 4x800m relay with a mark of 8:42.68.
The Marauders received a runner-up effort from Steven Mahr in the 800m run (2:03.35), while the 4x400m quartet of Mahr, Dustyn Lee, Michael Davis and Jordan Hutton finished second with a mark of 3:46.58.
The 4x800m relay squad of Lee, Davis, Mahr and Cody Hanning finished third with a time of 8:44.54, and Austin Welch was third in the 300m hurdles with a mark of 43.92 seconds.
Wahama landed two golds and four top-three efforts, with Jacob Ortiz claiming both wins in the 100m (11.35) and 200m (23.09) dashes. The 4x100m relay team of Ortiz, Jacob Buzzard, Benny Youkers and Crandale Neal finished second with a time of 45.78 seconds, while Ortiz, Buzzard, Neal and Michael Hendricks also placed second in the 4x200m event with a mark of 1:36.56.
Eastern’s Tyler Cline won first place in both the shot put (49-11) and discus (142-5) competitions, while Triston Goodnite was second in the 400m dash with a time of 54.12 seconds.
Complete results of the 2012 Tri-Valley Conference Track and Field Championships are available on the web at baumspage.com