Ironton boys take 2nd at district meet
Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 22, 2011
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
OAK HILL — They wanted gold, but the Ironton Fighting Tigers are happy with the silver.
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Ironton turned in some outstanding performances — Gary Monroe and Pierce Reeves set district records — and the Fighting Tigers finished second in the boys’ Division II district track meet Friday.
Gallipolis won the meet as expected with 128 points with Ironton getting 102 points. The Fairland Dragons were third with 94 points.
Jackson was fourth with 57 points followed by Minford with 56, Vinton County 52, Portsmouth 37, Piketon 32, Chesapeake 22, South Point 19, Alexander 15, Wellston 13, Meigs and Northwest 7, and Portsmouth West and River Valley 6 each.
On the girls’ side, Gallipolis was the easy winner with 119 points followed by Portsmouth with 69, River Valley 64 and the Fairland Lady Dragons had 61.33 points.
Next was Athens with 60, Jackson 53, Alexander 48, South Point 46, Vinton County 44, Piketon 37.33, Chesapeake 24, Portsmouth West 12.33, Meigs 11, Rock Hill and Northwest 5 each and Wellston 3.
Regardless of how the teams finish, the top four finishers in each event qualify for the regional meet Thursday and Saturday at Byesville.
Monroe had a busy meet and still managed to set a record. After running on the winning 4×800 relay team on Tuesday, Monroe set a meet record with a 4:27.87 time in the 1600.
Monroe also finished second in the 3200 with a 10:04.90 time and then turned right around and ran on the 4×400 relay with Robert Bishop, Dustin Moritz and Tres Wilks to finish third at 3:33.52 and qualify for the regionals.
Fairland’s Tanner Mattie set his own district record in the 3200 with a 10:02.63 time. Teammate Logan Rowe was fourth at 10:35.76.
Mattie was third in the 1600 at 4:35.32 and teammate Ryan Stewart fifth at 4:50.40.
Wilks also advanced in the 400 meters as he finished second at 51.92 seconds. Teammate Adam Stumbo was fourth in the 1600 with a 4:42.23 clocking.
Moritz also qualified in the pole vault on Tuesday and finished third in the 800 meters at 2:02.16.
Reeves won the 800 meters and set a district record in the process with a 1:58.68 clocking. Fairland’s Raine Wireman was second at 1:59.62.
Reeves was fifth in the 3200 at 10:48.96.
Fairland’s Kenny Smith was fourth in the 110 hurdles at 16.11 seconds and teammate Aaron Adkins was fifth at 16.49. Chesapeake’s Nick Lucas was eighth (18.29).
Adkins came back to finish third in the 300 hurdles (41.62) and Smith was fourth (42.82) as both advanced.
Smith was also second in the high jump at 6-feet.
In the 100 meters, Tre Campbell of South Point was fourth at 11.44. Chesapeake’s Lucas Martin was seventh at 11.65.
In the 4×200-meter relay, Ironton’s team of Drew Wells, Casey Mace, Wilks and Bishop was fifth with a 1:35.14 time. Chesapeake’s Brandon Clagg, C.J. Noble, Josh Browning and Martin was sixth at 1:36.90.
Martin came back to place third in the 200 at 23.46 seconds and get a regional bid. Wilks was eighth at 24.55.
The Pointers’ 4×100 team of Tevin Mitchell, Blake Barnes, Dillon Saxton and Campbell was third with a 44.48 time.
Ironton’s 4×100 team of Patrick Lewis, Mace, Wells and Bishop was seventh with a 46.08 time.
Fighting Tigers’ Ben Wells became a double qualifier. After getting second in the discus on Tuesday, Wells threw 47-3.75 and was second in the shot put.
Fairland’s Cody Pruitt was third in the shot at 477-0, Rock Hill’s Steve Carey fifth at 45-2.25 and Chesapeake’s T.J. McCoy seventh at 43-feet.
In the 4×400 relay, Fairland’s team of Wireman, Adkins, Jalen Brooks and Ryan Stewart was fifth at 3:37.63 and Chesapeake’s Stephen Welch, Ryan Ashworth, Browing and Martin was sixth at 3:40.43.
On the girls’ side, Rock Hill’s Brooklyn Massie was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at 18.17 seconds.
South Point’s Kayla Fletcher was second in the 100-meter dash at 13.04 seconds and Elaine Gore fourth at 13.45.
The Lady Pointers’ 4×100 relay teams of Brianna Bacon, Emily Norris, Gore and Fletcher was second at 53.89 seconds. The same group made up the 4×200 team that was third at 1:55.33.
Fletcher was second in the long jump at 15-10.75. Chesapeake’s Lindsey Hawthorne was sixth at 14-11.25.
Fairland’s 4×200 team of Hollie Spotts, Sierra Knight, Kanissa Carrico and Jenny Price was seventh (2:09.71). Amber Pappas, Knight, Spotts and Price were third in the 4×100 at 54.43 to advance.
Carrico, Spotts, Price and Megan Ashton were seventh in the 4×400 relay at 4:39.08.
Pappas was third in the 300 hurdles at 50.68 seconds. Ashton was fifth in the 1600 at 5:55.55 and Sidney Pettit eighth in the 3200 at 13:57.66.
South Point’s Sarah Letchford was sixth in the 800 at 2:35.07.
Fairland’s Samantha Gibson was third in the discus at 104-7. Pappas and teammate Destiny Shockey advanced in the pole vault. Shockey was second at 7-6 and Pappas third at 7-feet.