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Fighting Tigers’ track team strong at Gazette Relays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Good meet, great times.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers and Lady Tigers put together their best overall meet of the season Friday and Saturday at the Charleston Gazette Relays.

Ironton’s boys were second overall with 77 points behind Point Pleasant, but more impressive was the individual times and distances they put on the time sheet. The same held true for the Lady Tigers.

“We didn’t take everyone, but everyone who showed up performed,” said Ironton coach Greg Cronacher.

“I was very pleased with our effort and performances. Everyone put up their best times of the season,” said Lady Tigers’ coach Tim Thomas.

Ironton’s 4×800 meter relay team of Dustin Moritz, Pierce Reeves, Adam Stumbo and Gary Monroe set a school record by winning the race with an impressive 8:23.9 clocking.

The time eclipsed the old record by four seconds and beat their best time this season by six seconds.

Ironton’s Ben Wells came up a double winner as he had a season-best 46-6 in the shot put and won the discus with a personal-best distance of 146-feet, 3-inches.

Monroe won the 1600 run at 4:31.1 with Pierce was seventh. Both ran in the 800 with Monroe finished third at 2:07.5.

“He got boxed in and couldn’t get out to run like he wanted,” said Cronacher.

Ryan won the pole vault at 12-6 and was second in the high jump at 6-foot. Sias, Jon Monnig, Tyler Hager and Tres Wilks ran a 44.6 to win the event.

Wilks was fifth in the 200 meters a 24.0 time.

Levi Runyon was sixth in the 3200 as he posted a 10:40.5 clocking.

The Lady Fighting Tigers’ Taylor Hacker just missed the Ironton 3200-meter record by two seconds as she finished second in the event with a 12:28.2 time.

Hacker teamed with Kaylie Sturgill and Colleen and Shannon Walker to give the Lady Tigers their best time of the season in the 4×800 relay with a 10:59.6 time to place third.

Hannah Cronacher was second in the pole vault as she cleared 7-foot.

In the 800 meters, Shannon Walker ran a 2:43.9 time and placed sixth. Hacker was third in 5:40.6 while Colleen Walker had a 6:13.9 clocking in the 1600 meters to finish sixth.

Morgan Weisgarber was fifth in the 100 (13.7 seconds) and sixth in the 200 (29.0).

The 4×400 relay of Tessa Wilks, Cronacher, Hacker, Weisgarber was second at 4:33.0. Cronacher also finished third in the 300 hurdles (51.6).

Alisha Murphy was fourth in the long jump (14-3.75).

The 4×100 relay of Murphy, Cronacher, Weisgarber and Johnna Seward was second with a 53.5 time.