OBETZ — Teays Valley grabbed four race championships and had three second-place showings on the way to a dominating repeat championship in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division Track and Field Championships.
The Vikings scored 166 team points to easily outdistance second-place Fairfield Union, which had 99. Logan Elm placed sixth with 39.5 points, Amanda-Clearcreek was seventh with 33 and Circleville was eighth with 32.5.
TV came into Friday night’s (May 11) running finals already holding an 11-point lead over the Falcons.
“It started the other day with our field events —Taylor (Robinson) winning the long jump, which was a total surprise. That set the tone for the rest of the guys,” TV assistant coach Eric Taylor said.
Robinson and the rest of the guys kept the successes coming Friday.
Dylan Pennington won the 100 meters with Robinson coming in third.
Pennington, Robinson, Chance Littler and Dale Hubbard teamed up to win the next event, the 800-meter relay.
Littler, Pennington and Robinson teamed up with Zach Harper in the next sprint, the 400-meter relay, to capture the league title in that event.
“I told Dylan to go out and do his thing in the 100 and be a repeat champion in the 100, and he did that,” Taylor said. “I knew the 4×1 and 4×2 would do well, not quite that well, but they did well.”
Then the Vikings had one of the most exciting finishes of the night as Hubbard edged out a lunging Pennington to win the 200 meters by two-one-hundredths of a second.
“Those two guys battling it out in the 200 was just awesome to see,” Taylor said.
TV also came through with Matt McNeely placing second in the 400 meters, Blake O’Dell and Tucker Branson placing third and fourth in the 800 meters, Zach Hatfield and Zach Kirk taking third and fourth in the 3,200 meters, the group of O’Dell, Kirk, McNeely and Payton Knox placing second in the 1,600-meter relay, Jackson Zimmerman placing fourth in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and Kirk taking fifth and Brice LeVeck placing eighth in the 1,600 meters.
“I think it was a good all-around team effort,” Taylor said. “Coach (Zach) Frank, coach (Katie) Tennant and all of them do a great job with these kids, and I guess I’ve got to take a little credit for myself because all these sprinters are under my belt.”
The only other title won Friday night by a local athlete went to Logan Elm’s Kieffer Mosmeier. The senior repeated as champion in the 1,600 meters.
Circleville’s Aiden Lowe took second in the 110-meter hurdles.