OBETZ — Teays Valley finds itself atop the leaderboard for both the boys and girls Mid-State League Buckeye Division Track and Field Championships.
After the field events and 4×800-meter relay were contested Tuesday at Hamilton Township High School, the defending champion TV boys have 54 points with Fairfield Union in second with 43. Logan Elm is fifth with 26.5, Amanda-Clearcreek is seventh with 20 and Circleville is eighth with 4.5.
On the girls’ side, the Vikings have 49 points with Logan Elm sitting four points behind. Three-time defending champion Fairfield Union is third with 40 points while Circleville is sixth with 21 and Amanda-Clearcreek is eighth with five points.
TV’s Taylor Robinson helped his team out by winning the long jump with a leap of 20’ 2.25” with Elliot O’Malley placing fifth. O’Malley also placed third in the high jump.
The group of Matt McNeilly, Tucker Kirk, Tucker Branson and Blake O’Dell came through with a win in the 4×800-meter relay in a time of 8:16.93 to hold off Bloom-Carroll by more than two seconds.
Amanda-Clearcreek’s Noah Smith had a strong night winning the shot put with a distance of 47’ 2.5” and taking second in the discus.
Logan Elm’s Haden Karshner, who was fourth in the shot put, was nearly 20 feet better than the competition in the discus with a throw of 158’ 2”. TV’s Kaylor Feldman and Jaden Smith took third and fourth.
Alexis Jones came through on the girls’ side for TV winning the discus with a throw of 105’ 4” to top Logan Elm’s Parker Smith by almost seven feet with TV’s Ashton Anderson taking third. Jones took second in the shot put behind Fairfield Union’s Brittany Devall.
Logan Elm’s Maria Boldoser won the league title in the high jump while TV’s Lindsay Newton was second. They finished second and third, respectively, a year ago.
Four jumpers cleared 10 feet in the girls pole vault Tuesday night and when the tiebreakers were figured out, it was Circleville’s Olivia Fausnaugh claiming the league title with Logan Elm’s Allyson Cotton second, LE’s Lynne Dale third and Fairfield Union’s Emma Gobert fourth.
Preliminaries were held Tuesday in five sprint races. TV and Hamilton Township advanced eight of a possible 10 boys to the finals on Friday. AC has five moving on and Circleville three.
Bloom-Carroll and Fairfield Union lead the girls’ teams with each advancing eight runners to Friday’s finals. AC, Circleville, Logan Elm and Teays Valley each moved four on.
The teams will be back at Hamilton Township Friday night to determine the league champions with the first race at 6 p.m.