MG hosts middle school invite
By ROB HAMILTON
River Valley claimed victories in both the boys’ and girls’ track meets at the Mount Gilead Middle School Invitational on Saturday.
Two girls’ records were set in the meet. Amanda Spears of River Valley cleared 7’9” in the pole vault to break the record set by Caitlyn Everheart (7’6”) set in 2008. Ridgedale’s Courtney Clark had a throw of 36’9.5” to break the old record of 32’11” set in 2006 by Kyla Morgan.
The outstanding male athlete was Devin Hopkins of River Valley, who scored 28 points; while the outstanding female athlete was Hunter Atherton of Pleasant, who scored 26 points.
River Valley tallied 150.66 points to win the women’s meet, while Mount Gilead took second with 111. Also, Northmor was fifth with 49 points and Gilead Christian placed ninth with 21.
For Mount Gilead, the 800-meter relay team of Olivia Brewer, MaKaylee Wyatt, Cambry Arnold and Jenna Shipman took first place in 1:59.5.
Brewer added wins in the 100 (12.7) and 200 (28.0), while Shipman took the long jump with an effort of 14’8.25” and placed third in the 200.
Raygan Walters took second in the discus, while teammate Claire Nicholson placed third. Erin Zmuda finished third in both the 400 and the 800. Also, Arnold was third in the long jump and Kelsey Snyder took third in the 1600.
For the fifth-place Knight girls, Alissa Botjer took second in the shot put to pace them.
Gilead Christian got a win in the 100 hurdles, as Lydia Morgan finished in 17.0.
In the boys’ meet, River Valley dominated the field, scoring 165.5 points. Northmor was second with 65, while Mount Gilead took fifth with 40, Cardington was 11th with 21 and Gilead Christian took 13th with 11.
Northmor’s James Walker won the high jump by clearing 5’2”. Also, Jacob Marks took second in the long jump and Josh Caudill placed the same in the shot put.
Mount Gilead’s top place-winner was Deondre Cook, who took third in the 800.
Cardington got a win from Jacob Long in the 1600 with a time of 5:06. Also, Spencer Baxter finished third in the 400.
Gilead Christian scored most of their points when Austin Hallabrin won the 400 in 56.7.
Cardington competed against North Union in a dual meet last Tuesday.
While the Wildcats won both the boys’ (99–38) and girls’ (89–39) meets, Cardington did win a number of events.
In the boys’ meet, Mitchel Yake won two events, taking the 400 in 58.0 and the 800 in 2:26.4.
Zach Zvansky took the pole vault by clearing 11’, while Chris Scherzer won the 200 in 25.8.
Kelsee Lothes was a double winner for Cardington in the girls’ meet. She took the shot with an effort of 25’11.5” and won the discus with a throw of 68’7.25”.
Sydney Zierden took the 400 in 1:07 and the team won the 1600 relay in 4:50.5.