Local track standouts qualify for regionals
PROCTORVILLE - And the beat goes on.
On to the regionals, that is.
Area track standouts used strong performances in Saturday's Division II district track and field meet to advance to next week's regionals at Byesville Meadowbrook High School.
The top four finishers in each district event advance to the regional meet. The top four in the regional will qualify for the state meet.
Depth is always the key to a team championship, and the South Point Pointers proved their team depth by winning the district championship for the second straight year.
The Pointers had 105.5 points to get past runner-up Gallipolis which had 94 points.
In the girls' meet, Gallipolis was the easy winner with 132.5 points. Ironton came away with the runner-up trophy for the second year in a row by totaling 83 points.
South Point's Chris Smith was second in the shot put (51-feet) and third in the discus (143-7). Ironton's John Pemberton was fourth in the shot put (48-1.25) and discus - a personal best 132-9 - while teammate Michael Phillips took third place in the shot put with a heave of 48-9.
Ironton's Shane Kerns was second in the long jump at 19-11.5 while Fairland's Brandin Lang was fourth (19-1).
Kerns was on three qualifying relay teams. He teamed with Shawon Miller, Marc Carter and Craig Stamper to finish third in the 4×400 and fourth in the 4×200. The 4×100 relay team of Kerns, Stamper, Miller and D.J. Carter won first place with a 45.2 time.
Carter, a freshman, won the 400-meter dash with in 51 seconds. Stamper was fourth in the 200 meters (23.5).
Rock Hill's Jason Massie had a big day as he won the 100-meter dash at 116 seconds and the 200-meter dash with a 22.9 clocking.
The Pointers Benji Smith and Josh Jones were 2-3, respectively, in the 300 hurdles and teammate David Absher was fourth in the 400 meters. Smith was narrowly beaten out for first place in the 110 hurdles and Jones took fourth place.
Three area runners took the top three spots in the 1600 run. Fairland's Chuck Wentz was first at 4:51.40, South Point's Stephen Lien second (4:53.5) and Rock Hill's Chris Kelley was third (4:55.5).
The Pointers team of Andy Burgess, Richard Bond, Josh Day and Lien was third in the 4×800 relay.
In the girls' meet, Ironton's Mandi Boykin dominated as she won the 100- and 200-meter dash and ran the anchor leg on the 4×200 relay team that not only took first place but set a school record with a 1:46.1 clocking.
Boykin was joined on the 4×200 relay by Megan Crockrel, Ciara Taylor and Jessica Waddle.
Taylor finished second in the 400-meter dash while Waddle was second in the 200 and fourth in the 100.
The quartet easily won the 4×100 relay but were disqualified for a lane exchange violation.
Ironton's quartet of Rachel Walker, Katie Washburn, Crockrel and Taylor was third in the 4×400 relay with a 4:24.6 time. Washburn added to her day with a fourth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles.
Walker had a personal-best toss of 101-7 to place second in the discus behind Fairland's Bethany Barbour who threw 113-9. Barbour also qualified in the shot put as she finished second with a heave of 34-2.25.
Rock Hill's Stephanie Hairston was fourth in the discus (88-5).
Ironton's Katie Harper cleared 7-feet to place fourth in the pole vault.
South Point's Sarah Lee turned in another stellar performance. Lee was second in the long jump, and third in the high jump and in the 100 meter dash. She was fourth in the 200 meters.
Anna Bridges of Rock Hill won the high jump at 5-feet and was fourth in the long jump.
Fairland's 4×800 relay team of Kacie Lydell, Emily Rucker, Brittany Brunty and Katie Henry ran an 11.00.7 to placed third.
Brunty also finished second in the 800 meters with a school record time of 2:26.1.
South Point's Emily Barker was third in the 1600 and Rock Hill's Kelsey Cooper took fourth.
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