by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com
CARROLL — Teays Valley’s girls have a slim lead over Circleville after the first day of the Mid-State League Buckeye Division Track and Field Championships.
With six of the 17 events held as finals Tuesday, the Vikings picked up 50 points to the Tigers’ 45. Logan Elm sits in fourth with 35 and Amanda-Clearcreek is sixth with 18 points.
On the boys’ side of the meet, Liberty Union has the early lead with 52 points to Fairfield Union’s 43.
Teays Valley is in fourth with 32 points, Logan Elm has 15, Circleville 12 and Amanda-Clearcreek nine.
The Lady Vikings picked up 18 of their points in the high jump where senior Shae Shackelford repeated as MSL champ and sophomore Brooklyn Herbert came in second. Both cleared five feet. Circleville’s Mya Nardi was fourth and Logan Elm’s Claire King was fifth as they both cleared 4’ 6”.
Logan Elm’s girls had two event winners Tuesday.
Senior Tayla Tootle cleared 11’ 7” – an inch better than last year, when she finished second – to win the pole vault and set a new MSL record. Circleville’s Emma Groff was second clearing 10 feet.
Maggie Wilson was six feet better then her closest competitor to win the discus. The Logan Elm sophomore threw 107’ 8” for the win while Fairfield Union’s Jillian Wilkinson was second at 101’ 8”. Teays Valley sophomores Madison Burriss and Sophia Seymour took third and fourth, respectively.
Circleville sophomore Sydney Lattimer had a winning leap of 16’ 1.75” to claim the long jump title. Teays Valley senior Lauren Sharrock was second at 15’ 10”.
Amanda-Clearcreek freshman Kaylie Wilson started her MSL career off with a winning throw of 33’ .25” in the shot put. Circleville’s Taegen Retherford was second at 31’ 5.75” and Teays Valley’s Burriss was third at 30’ 11”.
In the only running event contested as a final, Fairfield Union’s Andrea Phillips, Taylor Colopy, Abigail Pike and Anna Conrad won the 3,200-meter relay in 10:00.99. The Circleville crew of Maddux Bigam, Morgan Blakeman, Ava Justice and Ellie Patrick were second in 10:28.13.
On the boys’ side of the meet, Circleville senior Zack Buitendorp claimed the only title among area athletes. He cleared 13 feet to repeat as league champion. He took his next attempts at 14 feet, but failed to safely clear the bar. Logan Elm’s Luke Thompson was fourth as one of three vaulters to clear 12’ 6”.
Teays Valley senior Dominic Doan cleared 6’ 2” to place second in the high jump. Hamilton Township’s Matthew Noel won the event clearing 6’ 5”.
Host Bloom-Carroll’s Dylan Chittum went 160’ 9” to win the discus by more than 16 feet over Fairfield Union’s Remington George (144’ 4”). Teays Valley’s Tristian Graham was third.
Chittum and George also finished 1-2 in the shot put with Chittum throwing 59’ 0.5” and George going 49’ 8.5”.
Hamilton Township’s Jalen Townsend went 20’ 8.75” to win the long jump.
In the 3,200-meter relay, FU’s Marcus Runkle, Andrew Walton, Nathan Phillips and Caleb Kellenbarger won the race in 8:18.28. Teays Valley’s Jerry O’Dell, Joey Williams, Filippo Giotto and Connor Dean were second in 8:36.75.
The eight Buckeye Division teams return to Bloom-Carroll Friday night for the 11 remaining running events. The night kicks off at 6 p.m.