ASHVILLE — Teays Valley and Liberty Union have the early leads after the opening day of the MId-State League Buckeye Division championships.
The Lady Vikings picked up 59 points in field events and one running event held Tuesday at Teays Valley High School. Fairfield Union is second with 44 and Logan Elm is third with 38. Circleville sits in fifth with 24.5 and Amanda-Clearcreek is seventh with 16.
The Lions sit atop the boys’ standings with 46 points with Bloom-Carroll in second with 38.5. Teays Valley is fourth with 33, Logan Elm fifth with 32, Circleville seventh with 16 and Amanda-Clearcreek eighth with 13.
TV senior Natalie Newton won the long jump with a leap of 16’ 11” and was the winner of the pole vault besting Logan Elm’s Tayla Tootle in a tiebreaker as both cleared 11’ 6”.
Teays Valley’s Shae Shackelford was the lone contestant to clear five feet as she won the high jump.
TV’s Lauren Sharrock was second in the long jump while Logan Elm’s Arowynn Savage was third.
Logan Elm’s Annie Karshner and Olivia Adams took second and third, respectively, in the discus behind Hamilton Township’s Halaya Woodson.
Woodson also won the shot put with Amanda-Clearcreek’s Lily Dennis placing second and LE’s Adams third.
Fairfield Union won the only running event contested as a final with Anna Conrad, Andrea Phillips, Abigail Pike and Taylor Rife 21 seconds ahead of Circleville in the 3,200-meter relay.
In the boys’ meet, TV’s Nick Watkins, Joey Williams, Connor Dean and Jerry O’Dell had the best showing for the Vikings as they took second in the 3,200-meter relay behind Fairfield Union.
Circleville’s Zach Buitendorp claimed the league pole vault title clearing 13 feet while LE’s Luke Thompson was second at 12’ 6”.
LE’s Nate Edge won the high jump title clearing six feet.
Bloom-Carroll’s Dylan Chittum won both the shot put and the discus Tuesday.
Liberty Union’s Camden Manson was five inches better than LE’s Jude Braun in winning the long jump.
MSL athletes return to Teays Valley Friday to hold the running championships and decide the league champion. Races begin at 6 p.m.