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Jr. Panthers complete perfect track season

PEDRO -- No matter where the meet, the Chesapeake Junior Panthers came away with the same results.

The Panthers final test came Thursday in the Ohio Valley Conference Middle School championship meet, and Chesapeake posted another win to finish the season unbeaten.

"We went to three states and won 12 meets. Everywhere we went we won," Panthers coach Ken Brown said. "We were expected to win (the OVC meet) and we did, so that's nice. Everyone is always shooting at the favorite and that can make it tough."

Chesapeake had 102 points to finish well ahead of runner-up South Point which had 74 points. Rock Hill had 46 points while Coal Grove and Fairland tied with 45 points each.

South Point's Benji Smith won meet high point honors with 18. He won the 110 and 200 hurdles and was on the Pointers winning 4×100 relay team.

The Panthers 4×800 relay team set a meet record as Mike Stapleton, Ryan McComas, Caleb McComas, and Kersten Harris ran a 9:20.7 time.

South Point's Chris Smith easily swept the shot put and discus events. Smith threw the discus a school record 151-4 and heaved the shot put 49-0 1/2.

"(McWhorter) had four PRs (personal records). You couldn't ask for a better night from someone. He threw three feet farther in the shot than he ever has," Brown said.

Chesapeake's Jake Sommerville won the pole vault with Jeff Thornburg second. Justin Porter took the high jump, Kersten Harris claimed the 1600 meters , and Zach Morris the 400 meter dash.

"Thornburg was sick. He usually wins the 200 hurdles and he's been high point man in a lot of meets," Brown said.

Fairland's Corey Walls ran 2:17.1 to win the 800. David Salyers of Coal Grove took the long jump at 18-3 1.2. Jim Walker/The Ironton Tribune&gt