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Ironton relay leads qualifiers

OAK HILL — The Ironton Fighting Tigers 4×800 relay team is like the Energizer Bunny. It just keeps going and going and …

Ironton’s relay continued its winning way by taking first place Tuesday at the Division II district track meet, thus earning a berth in the regionals.

Ironton’s team of Pierce Reeves, Dustin Moritz, Adam Stumbo and Gary Monroe ran an 8:43 to win the event by 10 seconds over runner-up Fairland.

The Dragons quartet of Chad Gibson, Ryan Stewart, Raine Wireman and Kyle Taubenheim also advance with their 8:53.98 time.

The top four finishers in each event advance to the regionals.

Fairland’s girls’ 4×800 relay team was fourth to get a regional berth as Megan Ashton, Sydney Pettit, Mariah Chaffin and Tori Hutchison ran a 10:47.20 time.

Ironton’s Jon Monnig won the pole vault as he cleared 12-feet. Teammate Ryan Sias was second at 12-0 while Fairland’s Logan Froehlich took fourth at 11-6. All three advance.

Fairland’s Branden Tweel was fifth at 11-0.

Sias also advanced in the long jump as he finished second at 20-feet, 7-inches. Chesapeake’s Peter Hintz was the district champion in the even with a jump of 20-7.75.

South Point’s Tre Campbell was sixth at 19-6.75.

The Chesapeake boy’s 4×800 relay team of Tyler McComas, Ryan Ashworth, Stephen Welch and Jaydon Bennett was seventh at 9:26.73.

In the girls’ high jump, South Point’s Jalynn Bradburn was second at 5-0 and Chesapeake’s Amanda Ruffner was fourth, also at 5-0. Fairland’s Jordan Aldridge was fifth (4-10) and Carly Riley eighth (4-8).

The Lady Panthers Beth McWhorter was fifth in the shot put at 34-5.75 and South Point’s Savannah Morris was seventh at 32-1.

The Lady Pointers’ 4×800 relay team of Sarah Letchford, Erin Khounlavon, Emily Norris and Kyra Carter was eighth at 12:10.09.

All remaining finals start at 10 a.m. Saturday.