South Point sweeps boys, girls track championships

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 16, 2004

COAL GROVE - The king is dead. Long live the new king.

That's what South Point Pointers head coach Randy Smith is hoping will happen after his team ended the Chesapeake Panthers reign as Ohio Valley Conference track champions Friday.

The Pointers claimed the OVC title with a team consisting of only two seniors, Quentin Smith and Shane Nixon. Smith hopes that will bring more success in future years.

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"We're hoping to start our own run. Chesapeake had a nice run, so we're hoping to duplicate their success," Randy Smith said. "But we have the utmost respect for Chesapeake and (coach) Phil Davis."

South Point, which lost by one point to Chesapeake last year, finished with 158.5 points. Chesapeake was second at 151 followed by River Valley at 102, Rock Hill 58.5, Fairland 28 and Coal Grove 25.

Quentin Smith came away with meet high point honors by racking up 30.5 points. He won the high jump and 300 meter hurdles while also joining Tommy Hayner, Steven Leighty and John Crager to take first place in the 4×100 relay. He was second in the 100 meter dash.

"Quentin Smith has led us all year. He's been steady in all our meets. He has been high point (in meets) three or four times," Randy Smith said.

The Pointers were favored going into the meet, but coach Smith said injuries left him apprehensive.

"We knew the meet would be close. We've had some injuries, " Randy Smith said. "Benji has been out for three weeks. He didn't' even practice this week. He couldn't long jump, but he ran both hurdles and the 4×4 relay. He didn't win, but he got us some points."

Chris Smith had a sprained ankle but still managed to win the discus. However, the injured only allowed him to throw 45-6.5 in the shot put and he was second for the first time this season.

But the Pointers depth was the key along with some other first place finishes.

Steven Leighty won the pole vault, Zach Norris the 400 meter dash, and the 4×400 relay teams of Norris, David Theiss, Jude Crabtree and Benji Smith were first.

One of the top individual races was the 100 meter dash. Chesapeake's Tristan Clark ran an 11.5 to beat Quentin Smith who ran an 11.6. Rock Hill's Matt Thornton and Chesapeake's Cody Hunt ran an 11.7.

However, Thornton got his first place plaque by winning the long jump at 21-3.75. He finished second to Clark who took the 200 meters to get two individual awards.

A complete list of results appears on Page 2B.

Larry the Cable Guy would be proud.

Facing several injuries, the South Point Lady Pointers still managed to "Git 'er done" Friday as they won the Ohio Valley Conference track meet.

"They just got it done," Lady Pointers coach Joe Stevens said. "We had a lot of injuries, but the girls just stepped it up and placed higher than any meet this year. It was a total team effort."

South Point racked up 134 points while defending champion Fairland had 113.5 to place second.

Rock Hill was third with 90 points followed by Chesapeake with 81.5, River Valley 65, and Coal Grove 35.

Sprinter Porcha Ball ran the 100 meter dash but pulled up lame but still managed to finish second. Emily Rucker ran despite a bad hip.

"Porcha wasn't 100 percent and she sucked it up. Give her credit," Stevens said.

Picking up the slack for everyone was Sarah Lee who took meet honors with 36 points.

Lee won the long jump, the 100 meter dash and the 200 meters. She was third in the high jump.

"Sarah Lee is a great kid. She'll do whatever you need. She just does it," Stevens said.

Miriah Gillespie and Alisha Bridges gave the Lady Pointers some key performances in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

"That's a hard race. They haven't done the 300 hurdles at all, but they stepped in just to get a few extra points," Stevens said.

South Point's Kayla Smith won the shot put while teammate Whitney Damron threw well enough take third place in the shot put and discus.

Rock Hill's Cassy Chaffins was a double individual winner as she won both the hurdles to go along with a second place in the long jump.

A complete list of results appears on Page 2B.