Hornets win D3 district title

Published 8:26 pm Sunday, May 25, 2014

Jim Walker



CHILLICOTHE — The Coal Grove Hornets got the team award, but more importantly they got some high individual finishes.

The Hornets won the Division III North district track title Saturday and led the area athletes advancing to the regional meet Wednesday and Friday at Lancaster Fairfield Union High School.

The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet.

Coal Grove had 137 points followed by Nelsonville-York with 106.5 points. Belpre was third with 95.5, Southeaster 73 and Crooksville 58.

In the girls’ meet, Reedsville Eastern won with 126 points followed by Waterford with 91. Coal Grove had 15 points.

Coal Grove freshman pole vaulter Eli Willis cleared 12-feet to finish second and earn his ticket to the regional meet. Junior Brandon Adkins went 6-6 to win the high jump.

Adkins also advanced in the 800 meters as he finished second with a 2:06.31 time.

The Hornets went 2-3 in the shot put as junior Austen Pleasants threw 46-6.5 and senior Zack Shannon 46-5.25. The duo also went 1-2 in the discus on Wednesday.

Coal Grove’s 4×100 relay team of freshmen Jacob Clark and Tanner Henry, senior Ian McFarland and Conor Markins ran a 45.37 to win the event.

Markins, senior Mason Nance, Clark and Tanner Henry won the 4×100 relay with a 1:35.53 clocking.

Ironton’s 4×100 relay team of junior Tim Maynard and sophomores Derek McCallister, Tyler Milleson and Troy Rust ran a 48.51 to place sixth.

In the 100-meter dash, McFarland was fifth at 11.83 seconds and Nance eighth at 12.25.

The Hornets’ 4×400 relay team of Tanner Henry, juniors Jon Joseph and Joe Akers and Adkins was third with a 3:44.93 time.

Ironton’s 4×400 quartet of McCallister, Rust, junior Chad Garris and freshman Isaiah Long were eighth with a 4:09.72 clocking.

McFarland was second for the Hornets in the 200-meter dash with a 23.27 time. Nance was third in the 400 meters at 52.83 seconds.

Senior Garrett Schultz finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a 43.28 time and fifth in the 110 high hurdles at 17.09. Junior Joe Akers was sixth in the 110 hurdles at 17.15 seconds.

Joseph ran a 4:55.06 to place fourth in the 1600 meters while junior Michael Knuckles was eight at 5:18.03.

The Lady Hornets’ junior Leslie Mulkey was second in the 400 meters with a 1:01.5 clocking to advance to the regionals. She was fifth in the 200 meters with a 28.29 time.