Chesapeake captures Division III track district title

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

PEDRO — This time, Chesapeake Panthers coach Phil Davis did what his players wanted instead of the other way around.

Listening to their pleas to perform in multiple events, the Panthers won the Division III Southeast district track meet Friday.

“We’re pretty happy,” Panthers coach Phil Davis said. “I asked the kids if they wanted to run their usual stuff and how much they wanted to run overall.

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“The kids wanted to do it and take a shot at (winning the meet). We got a great effort, really. I thought our people in the final events on Tuesday did excellent.”

Chesapeake had 144 points to runner-up South Webster’s 138 total.

Lucasville Valley was third with 84, Federal Hocking had 76 and the Coal Grove Hornets were fifth with 67 points in the 13-team field.

One of the highlights of the meet was the final race as the 4×400 relay team of Kenny Morgan, Adam Slone, Caleb McComas and Jeffrey Thornburg ran its best time of the year with a 3:31.7 clocking to win the event.

“We were up by four points going into the 3200 and we didn’t have anyone in that event. If they went 1-2 in the 3200, we couldn’t beat them and they went 2, 5,” Davis said.

“We didn’t have to win the 4×400, but the kids wanted it and everyone ran their best leg of the year.”

The top four finishers in each event qualify for the regional meet to be held next Wednesday and Friday at Pickerington North High School.

Chesapeake’s Brent Ransbottom won the high jump at 6-8. Aaron Ross was second in the pole vault at 12-0 and Aaron Allen fourth at 11-6.

Thornburg won the long jump (20-7.5), the 110 hurdles (16.5) and the 300 hurdles (41.6). Andy Fraley was second in the 110 hurdles while Kenny Morgan was second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with Tyler Cravens fourth in the 1600.

Two other of the Panthers relay teams qualified for the regionals. Cravens, Josh Ross, Slone and McComas was second in the 4×800 with Ryan Reynolds, Ross, Allen and McComas fourth in the 4×200 (1:41.3).

Slone and Morgan went 3-4 in the 400 dash while McComas was third in the 800.

Coal Grove’s Tyler Branch won the shot put at 52-5 and was second in the discus (149-6).

In the 4×800, the Hornets Jacob Jenkins, Josh Jewell, Nick Blair and Zach Sloan were third (9:16.9). Jenkins was second in the 800 run.

The Hornets 4×400 team of Alex Johnson, Jacob Browning, Chris Brammer and Jenkins was fourth (3:42.3). Trent Blankenship won the pole vault at 12-feet.


the girls meet, Wheelersburg won with 73 points. Chesapeake was 10th with 37.5 points and Coal Grove 11th with 35 points.

Chesapeake’s Courntey Rader was third in the shot put. Hannah Pack placed fourth in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Laura Fields was fourth in the 200-meter dash.

The Lady Panthers 4×100 relay team of Bethany Thomas, Sarah Cravens, Hollie Robertson and Laura Fields was fourth (54.4).

Coal Grove’s Samantha Hall and Maggie Young went 3-4 in the discus. Nikki Brammer was fourth in the pole vault a 7-6. Hilary Humphrey was fourth in the 3200 meter run.