A handful of Madison County athletes had strong showings on the first day of the Mid-State League Ohio Division track and field championships held at Whitehall High School on Tuesday, May 13.
Half of the field events were contested on the first day along with the 3,200-meter relay. The finals of the other field and running events will take place on day two of the event at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16, back at Whitehall.
MSL Ohio girls
London got a league championship performance from Kali Boys in the high jump where she cleared 5-02. That was the same height as Columbus Academy’s Jillian Woodard, but Boyd had fewer misses and was rewarded the title. West Jefferson’s Claire Sterling was third in the event with a jump of 4-10. Madison-Plains Blair Bryant scored with a seventh-place finish (4-06).
The Roughriders Megan Jester posted a 14-06.5 in the long jump which was good enough for fourth place. Plains’ Lindsey Bennett was fifth in the same event at 14-03.50.
In the girls shot put Jenn Darling of London placed third (31-09), while Madison-Plains’ Destiny Bennett was sixth (28-06). In the other throwing event, the discus, the Golden Eagles Rachel Garrison (91-06) placed fourth, while West Jeff’s Sterling was seventh (86-04) and Plains’ Bennett was eighth (82-05).
The lone running event final for the girls, the 3,200 relay, saw London place third (10:46.54) behind Columbus Academy (9:50.26) and Grandview (10:06.83). The Red Raiders competing included Sarra Taylor, Maddie Martinez, McLaren Rogerson and Mikayla Martinez.
West Jeff earned a third in the 3,200 relay with a time of 13:34.81. The team consisted of Cassie Maust, Natalie Cocanour, Molly Gribben and Zoie Fisher.
MSL Ohio boys
The lone MSL Ohio crown claimed by a male athlete on day one was by Madison-Plains Connor Cooley in the discus (142-02). His best toss was more than 10 feet better than his seeded distance he came into the meet with.
West Jeff’s Andrew Lewis was fourth in the discus (122-04), while London’s combo of Seth Jones (117-11) and Ambrose Rodriguez (113-00) placed seventh and eighth, scoring points for the Red Raiders.
Cooley was also the county’s highest finisher in the shot put, placing fifth (42-03). West Jefferson High School’s Lewis was seventh (37-11) and London’s Rodriguez was eighth.
In the long jump, the Roughriders Mitch Denes placed third with a jump of 19-05.25. The distance was well behind the winning mark posted by John Lint of Columbus Academy (22-01.25). West Jeff’s Austin Bare (6-0) and Ilya Peshko (5-10) finished second and third respectively in the high jump.
On the track, London’s 3,200 relay (9:35.71) was sixth, the team was made up of Hayden Conley, Kyle Riegel, Nathan Newman and Keith Wright. West Jeff’s 4x800 team was right behind the Red Raiders in seventh (10:18.41). Members of the team were Chris Dalton, Chris Harper, Anthony Sabin and Jacob Kean.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.