THE PLAINS, Ohio — Both track and field programs from Meigs and Southern fared well at a five-team meet held Wednesday at Rutter Field, but host Athens ultimately held off the competition en route to winning team titles in a tuneup before the TVC Championships next week.
The Bulldogs scored 147 team points overall, finishing 60 points ahead of runner-up Meigs (87) and 70 points ahead of Southern (77) in the boys division. The Lady Bulldogs posted a winning total of 186 points, finishing well ahead of the runner-up Lady Marauders (71). The Lady Tornadoes were fourth overall with 21 points, with Miller and Alexander also competing in both competitions.
The Marauders won two individual events and also had a total of eight top-two efforts at the event, which included a quartet of runner-up finishes in the 4x100m (47.70), 4x200m (1:42.02), 4x400m (3:46.96) and 4x800m (9:20.12) relay events.
Austin Welch won the 300m hurdles with a time of 45.75 seconds, while Steven Mahr captured first in the 800m run with a mark of 2:04.28. Dustyn Lee was second in the high jump (5-6) and Cole Turner was the long jump runner-up with a leap of 17 feet, 5.5 inches.
The Tornadoes won three individual crowns and had five top-two efforts, which also included a stadium record by Justin Hettinger, Andrew Ginther, Chris Chaney and Kody Wolfe in the 4x800m relay event with a winning time of 9:04.42.
Wolfe also set a stadium record with a winning mark of 4:37.27 in the 1600m run, and Wolfe also won the 3200m run with a time of 10:09.23. Tristen Wolfe was second in the 300m hurdles (47.77) and Jeremiah Warden was the discus runner-up with a heave of 122 feet, 6 inches.
Neither Meigs nor Southern had an individual champion, and the Lady Tornadoes did not have a single athlete finish in the top-two of any of the 17 girls’ events. The Lady Marauders finished the night with nine runner-up efforts, including a trio in the 4x100m (55.19), 4x200m (1:56.42) and 4x400m (4:40.03) relays.
Hannah Cremeans claimed second place in both the 100m hurdles (18.63) and 300m hurdles (53.41) events, while Kelsey Hudson was the runner-up in both the shot put (28-0) and pole vault (6-0) contests.
Rachel Bauer tied Hudson for second place in the pole vault event at six feet, and Haley Kennedy was the runner-up in the 800m run with a mark of 2:35.40.
Complete results of the Athens Meet held on Wednesday, May 2, are available on the web at baumspage.com