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Early Start

PROCTORVILLE — A missed handoff here and a spiked baton there, the little things added up big for the Fairland Dragons.

A couple of things didn’t go the Dragons way in the track season’s first meet Saturday as the Dragons were edged out by the Huntington Highlands in the Early Bird Relays.

“If we don’t make a couple of mistakes, we win the meet,” said Fairland coach Jon Buchanan. “I was pretty happy with our kids, though. We were a little undermanned and still came out and competed.”

Huntington High (W.Va.) won the meet with 90 points, just six more than the Dragons. The Ironton Fighting Tigers were third with 77 followed by River Valley with 35, Chesapeake 30, and Lincoln County 13.

Although the Dragons did drop the baton in the 4×100-meter relay, Buchanan said the Class AAA Huntington Highlanders had too much depth to overcome.

“Huntington has some really solid kids who are going to do some things at the state AAA level this year. It’s good for our kids to see that talent,” said Buchanan.

But the Fairland coach wasn’t going to concede his team’s abilities. Buchanan said the Dragons have plenty of weapons heading into the season.

“Joe Stewart ran really strong for us. Kenny Smith was solid in everything. Matt Bloomfield ran as well as we expected. He’s been a fixture on our team for awhile now. Hunter Gibson had a nice meet running the 400 legs and Chad Gibson opened the season with a pretty quick 2:05 in the 800,” said Buchanan.

Ironton’s third place finish came on the strength of distance runners Gary Monroe, Adam Stumbo, Dustin Moritz, Levi Runyon and Pierce Reeves as well as the all-around performance of Ryan Sias who cleared 13 feet in the pole vault.

“I was well pleased. We didn’t have (Jon) Monning, but we did well. Sias did a real good job for us. I thought all of our kids gave a great effort for the first time out,” said Ironton coach Greg Cronacher.

In the girls’ meet, the Lady Dragons were led by the strong performance of Megan Brooks — she cleared 10-6 in the pole vault — to win the meet with 108 points.

River Valley was second with 78 points followed by Huntington with 64, Ironton 41, Chesapeake 35 and Lincoln County had 26.

Ironton will host its girls’ invitational on Thursday while the boys’ annual meet will be Saturday.

Fairland Early Bird Relays

Girls’ Team Scores

1, Fairland 108; 2, River Valley 78; 3, Huntington 64; 4, Ironton 41; 5, Chesapeake 35; 6, Lincoln County 26.

Field Events

High Jump: 1, Fairland 9-0, 2, River Valley 8-0, 3, Chesapeake 4-8.

Discus: 1, Fairland 152-0, 2. Chesapeake 149-0, 3. River Valley 147-9, 4, Ironton 140-6, 5, Huntington 119-5, 6, Lincoln County 101-3.

Pole Vault: 1, Fairland 16-6, 2, Ironton 6-6, 3, Huntington 6-0.

Long Jump: 1, Fairland 25-1.5, 2, River Valley 24-7, 3, Huntington 23-1, 4, Chesapeake 21-5, 5, Lincoln County 11-0.

Shot Put: 1, Chesapeake 62-3.25, 2, Fairland 60-0.25, 3, Huntington 51-10, 4, River Valley 53-1, 5, Ironton 44-0.5, 6, Lincoln County 38-9.25.

Running Events

4×1600: 1, Ironton 26:18; 2, Fairland 26:43, 3, River Valley 30:37, 4, Lincoln County 32:47.

Shuttle Hurdles: 1, River Valley 1:18, 2, Huntington 1:20.

Sprint Medley: 1, Fairland 2:02, 2, Lincoln County 2:28, 3, River Valley 2:31, 4, Chesapeake 2:38.

4×100: 1, Huntington 54.0, 2, Fairland 55.0, 3, Ironton 56.0, 4, River Valley 57.5, 5, Lincoln County 1:00, 6, Chesapeake 1:01.

4×800: 1, Fairland 11:05, 2. Huntington 11:05, 2, Huntington 11:31, 3. River Valley 13:57, 4, Lincoln County 14:34.

4×200: 1, Huntington 1:57, 2, River Valley 1:58, 3, Fairland 2:03, 4, Lincoln County 2:08, 5, Chesapeake 2:11.6, 6, Ironton 2:11.9.

Distance Medley: 1, Ironton 16:37, 2, Fairland 16:38, 3, River Valley 18:55

4×400: 1, Fairland 4:34, 2, Huntington 4:42, 3, River Valley 4:44.

Boys’ Team Scores

1, Huntington 90, 2, Fairland 84, 3, Ironton 77, 4, River Valley 35, 5, Chesapeake 30, 6, Lincoln County 13.

Field Events

High Jump: 1, Fairland 11-8, 2, Huntington 10-10.

Discus: 1, Ironton 228-5, 2, Fairland 227-11, 3, Huntington 213; 4, Chesapeake 204-3, 5, Lincoln County 189, 6, River Valley 174-3.

Long Jump: 1, Ironton 38-4, 2. Fairland 36-7, 3, River Valley 33-11.5, 4, Huntington 33-1.

Pole Vault: 1, Fairland 20-6, 2.Ironton 13-0.

Shot Put: 1. Fairland 80-11, 2, Chesapeake 74-0, 3, Ironton 72-8, 4, Lincoln County 67-9, 5, Huntington 67-9, 6, River Valley 64-4.

Running Events

4×1600: 1, Ironton 20:03; 2, Fairland 21:11; 3, Huntington 21:18; 4, Chesapeake 22:37; 5, Lincoln County 24:01.

Shuttle Hurdles: 1, Huntington 1:05, 2, Fairland 1:09, 3.Ironton 1:21.

4×100: 1, Huntington 46.0; 2, Ironton 50.22; 3, River Valley 50.24; 4, Lincoln County 52.23; 5, Chesapeake 53.6.

4×800: 1, Huntington 8:57; 2, Fairland 9:41; 3, Chesapeake 10:28; 4, Ironton 10:58; 5, River Valley 11:04; 6, Lincoln County 11:16.

4×200: 1, Huntington 1:35; 2, Fairland 1:38; 3, River Valley 1:42; 4, Chesapeake 1:43; 5, Lincoln County 1:48; 6, Ironton 2:01.

Sprint Medley: 1, Huntington 1:40; 2, River Valley1:43; 3, Ironton 1:43; 4, Chesapeake 1:44; 5, Lincoln County 1:56.

Distance Medley: 1, Ironton 12:59; 2, Huntington 13:02; 3, Fairland 13:39; 4, Chesapeake 15:14.

4×400: 1, Fairland 3:52; Huntington 3:57; 3, River Valley 3:59; Ironton 4:00; 5, Chesapeake 4:04.