McARTHUR, Ohio — The Bulldogs once again defended their territory.
Both track and field teams from Athens High School came away with top overall honors for a sixth consecutive year on Thursday night following the completion of the 2017 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division championships held at Vinton County High School.
The Bulldogs claimed their sixth consecutive league title and have now won eight of the nine championships since joining the league in the spring of 2009, while the Lady Bulldogs remain unbeaten in the TVC Ohio over their nine years in the conference.
The Athens boys captured eight titles in the 17 events held and finished the night with a winning tally of 138 points, which was a mere two points ahead of runner-up Nelsonville-York (136). Meigs was third overall with 103 points, while River Valley (76), Alexander (62), Vinton County (11) and Wellston (1) rounded out the final four spots.
The Marauders earned eight top-three performances and also came away with a single individual title as Jared Kennedy won the long jump event with a distance of 20 feet, 6 inches.
Bailey Caruthers was second in the high jump (6-2), while Devon Hawley was third in the high jump (5-8) and Riley Ogdin was third in the shot put (43-8). Cole Adams also placed third for MHS in the 200m dash with a mark of 23.51 seconds.
The Marauders also had a trio of relay teams earn top-three finishes, led by the quartet of James Parsons, Dillon mahr, Grant Adams and Nate Hoover with a runner-up effort of 3:39.22 in the 4x400m relay.
The 4x100m squad of Hawley, Cole Adams, Jacob Perry and Lane Cullums placed third with a time of 46.19 seconds, while the 4x800m team of Parsons, Mahr, Zach Bartrum and Cole Betzing also finished third with a mark of 8:44.57.
The Raiders came away with seven top-three performances and also earned two individual league titles at the event.
Jason Dummit won the 300m hurdles (42.36) and was also second in the 110m hurdles (15.90), while Isaiah Beach won the 110m hurdles (15.50) and also placed third in the 300m hurdles (44.21).
Kyle Coen was third in the 800m run (2:06.42) and Eric Weber also placed third in the discus with a heave of 126 feet, 8 inches.
The RVHS quartet of Coen, Brandon Call, Nathaniel Abbott and Garrett Young also placed second in the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:36.04.
With Athens, River Valley and Meigs accounting for 11 individual championships on the boys side, the other six crowns went to Nelsonville-York (5) and Alexander (1). Neither VCHS nor Wellston came away with an event title.
The Athens girls captured nine titles in the 17 events held and finished with a winning tally of 159 points, which was 59 points better than runner-up Alexander (110). Nelsonville-York was third overall with 79 points, while Vinton County (61), Meigs (60), River Valley (47) and Wellston (0) rounded out the final four spots.
The Lady Marauders earned a trio of top-three performances and also came away with a single individual title as Kassidy Betzing won the long jump event with a distance of 17 feet, 5.5 inches.
Betzing was also second in the 100m dash with a time of 13.30 seconds, while Lydia Edwards placed third in the 300m hurdles event with a mark of 54.57 seconds.
The Lady Raiders did not come away with an individual championship, but did earn a quartet of top-three efforts on the evening.
Brianna McGuire was third in the discus (96-0), Gabriella Adkins finished third in the high jump (4-8) and Kelsey Brown was also third in the shot put after winning a tiebreaker with an even throw of 31 feet.
The 4x800m relay team of Kenzie Baker, Kaylee Gillman, Beth Gillman and Maggie Campbell also placed third with a time of 11:52.27.
With Athens and Meigs accounting for 10 individual championships on the girl side, the other seven crowns went to Alexander (5) and Nelsonville-York (2). Neither RVHS, VCHS nor Wellston came away with an event title.
Complete results of the 2017 TVC Ohio track and field championships are available on the web at baumspage.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.