Chesapeake uses depth to win meet

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 13, 2003

CHESAPEAKE - For a team without any depth, the Chesapeake Panthers went pretty deep Friday night.

The Panthers used their overall effort to edge Winfield (W.Va.) 115 to 111.5 and win the Chesapeake Lions Club Invitational.

Field events saw the Panthers place two finishers in each of the five events, and the Panthers got enough extra points in the running events to pull off the victory.

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"I just felt like that's the best our kids have done this year. It was a great effort. I couldn't ask for more," Panthers coach Phil Davis said.

"We knew we had to perform because we're not real deep. Our strengths are the Hunts and field events. But all our kids stepped up in the field events and we got a lot of contributions out of other people."

The Panthers Zach Waugh won the shot put (45-8) and was third in the discus, T. R. Hannan cleared 6-2 to win the high jump and also placed third in the long jump, Scott Davidson took the pole vault, and Michael Hunt went 19-11 on his final attempt to take first in the long jump. Hunt also was second in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

But the Panthers got significant points from Justin Porter, a freshman, who was second to Hannan in the high jump, Caleb Robbins was fifth in the 400, Tyler Marcum fifth in the 100, and Mike White fourth in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles.

"Porter's place was big, and Waugh won the shot and was second in the discus," Davis said. "Hannan just started long jumping (Thursday). Michael had a good meet, and Scott Davidson was injured all last year won the pole vault. Those things were really a key. We had to have good races out of Michael and Cody."

Winfield's Bradley Keys won high point honors. He won the 110 hurdles as he tied a meet record, won the 300 hurdles, and was second in the 200 meter dash. He just edged Michael Hunt in the 300 hurdles, 42.2 to 42.4 seconds.

"Keys is an outstanding kids, but Michael stayed right there with him," Davis said.

South Point's Zach Smith ran a 4:31.8 to win the 800. He was the only other local winnner.

Chesapeake hosts a quad meet Tuesday and travels to the Winfield Invitational Thursday.

Winfield easily won the girls meet with 158 points. Gallipolis was second at 145. Fairland was a distant third place with 56 points.

Ironton's Tiffany Preston won the shot put (31-9), Fairland's Britani Keeney took the discus (122-3) and Jennifer Jones the 400 (1:00.3), and South Point's Porcha Ball claimed both the 100 (12.5) and 200 (27.1) meter dashes. Chesapeake's Veronica Perko won the 800 (2:31.9).