BIDWELL, Ohio — This is the part where every point, and even every half-point, matters.
Separated by a razor-thin half point, the River Valley Lady Raiders placed third and the Meigs Lady Marauders finished fourth in a rain-soaked Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division girls track and field championship meet on Wednesday at River Valley High School.
The Lady Raiders and Lady Marauders each earned one individual event win, but River Valley took third with 75.5 points while Meigs managed 75.
The seven-school TVC-Ohio girls meet was scored on a 10-8-6-4-2-1 point basis, and the half-point difference came down to the high jump competition — as River Valley’s Ieva Katkauskaite was tied for sixth to split the full point.
River Valley’s victory was by sophomore Sarah Moffett in the 400m dash, as Moffet made it around the one-lap race in a minute and two seconds.
Katkauskaite claimed second in that same race, running a 1:03.
Meigs freshman Kassidy Betzing bested the field in the long jump, leaping 15-feet, 10 and three-quarter inches for the win.
Betzing also ran the second leg of the Lady Marauders’ 4x100m relay team (53.18), which was runner-up to Athens (53.20) by a mere two one-hundredths of a second.
The other three legs were opener Cassidy Atkinson, anchor Taylor Swartz and third leg Sky Brown.
Meigs opened the girls competition with its only other top-two finish — a runner-up to Athens in the 4x800m relay.
That quartet consisted of opening leg Gracie Hoffman, second leg Caitlyn Rest, third leg Madison Fields and anchor leg Madison Cremeans.
The Lady Marauders completed the distance race in 10 minutes and 57 seconds.
The final of the four relays — the 4x400m — was also won by Athens, but the Lady Raiders were the runner-up this time in 4:26.
Moffett ran the opening leg and Katkauskaite closed, with Abby Campbell running the second leg and Kenzi Baker the third.
The only other Lady Raider runner-up was Brianna McGuire in the discus throw, as she tossed 97-feet and six inches.
Athens, on the strength of winning three of the four relays and a sweep of the sprints by Sofie Dabelko, amassed 169 team points to capture the team championship.
The Bulldogs also won three of the five field events — Cierra Ellis in the discus, Lindsey Zatta in the pole vault and Alexis Zatta in the high jump.
Athens also took two of the three distance events, with Makena Bentley winning the 800m run and Emily Cass the 3,200m run.
Alexander, which was the team runner-up with 90 points, swept the two hurdles races with winners Tia Nuzum (100m hurdles) and Jenna Terry (300m hurdles).
The Spartans also won the 4x200m relay, preventing an Athens sweep.
Nelsonville-York, which was fifth and right behind River Valley and Meigs, notched 71 points — as Joanna Breeze captured the shot put title.
Vinton County, which was sixth with 45.5 points, claimed one victory — as freshman Tyra Prater won the 1,600m run.
Wellston, with one point, was sixth in the girls 4x100m relay.
A complete list of results can be found on www.baumspage.com.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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