VINCENT, Ohio — A fitting farewell for a family full of champions.
Peyton Adkins was part of four league titles Saturday at the 2012 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League Track and Field Championships at Warren High School, allowing the Gallia Academy senior to earn her first Athlete of the Year honors as high-point scorer in the girls competition.
Adkins won three individual titles in the 800m run (2:27.79), 1600m run (5:18.51) and 3200m run (11:45.83), and was also a late addition to the 4x400m relay squad that captured gold. Adkins — who replaced Andrea Edelmann — teamed with Kathleen Allen, Abby Wiseman and Hannah Watts to post a winning time of 4:15.94.
That extra event, and win, amounted to 2.5 extra points (10 points split 4 ways) for Adkins — giving her a total of 32.5 points at the meet. That extra half-point allowed Adkins to edge out Chillicothe’s Megan Osborne (32) for Athlete of the Year honors in the SEOAL.
Adkins’ latest four crowns brings her SEOAL career record to 10, which places her one track title ahead of her sister Lauren (9) and two ahead of her mother Andrea with eight. All three ladies also attended or plan to attend Ohio University for collegiate competition.
But as good a day as it was for the Adkins clan, it was also just as positive for the Blue Angels — who finished second overall with 110 team points. Chillicothe won the girls team crown with 145 points.
Senior Natalie Close set a school record in the discus event with a winning throw of 133 feet. Sophomore Hannah Watts also posted her fastest time of the season in the 400m dash with a runner-up effort of 59.89 seconds.
On the boys side of things, Logan came away with the team title after scoring 190 points. Warren finished second with 115 points, while Gallia Academy dropped down to fifth with 57 points.
Frank Goff came away with two individual titles and was part of a third, as the Blue Devil senior scored wins in both the 100m dash (11.66) and 200m dash (23.28). Goff also teamed with Shaylin Logan, Casey Lawrence and Tyler Campbell to win the 4x100m relay event with a mark of 44.77 seconds.
Campbell — the two-time reigning SEOAL runner-up — finally came away with gold in the long jump event, as the senior posted a winning mark of 21 feet, 1 inch. Campbell was also eighth as a freshman in the long jump event.
Complete results of the 2012 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League Track and Field Championships are available on the web at baumspage.com