AKRON, Ohio — The Eastern girls earned two podium finishes in Division II-III on Saturday, March 6, at the 2016 OATCCC Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the Stile Athletics Field House on the campus of the University of Akron.
The Lady Eagles tied with Margaretta, Van Wert, Akron Buchtel, Chaminade-Julienne and Russia for 44th place overall with five points apiece in the Division II-III girls meet. Buckeye Trail won the girls title with 34 points, while Beachwood (31) and Beaumont School (30) rounded out the top three spots.
EHS sophomore Jessica Cook had the best overall effort for the Lady Eagles after placing fifth overall in the 800-meter run. Cook’s time of 2:22.04 yielded four points for the EHS team tally. Junior Laura Pullins also scored one point after placing eighth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches.
The 4×800 relay squad of Cook, freshmen Ally Durst and Rhiannon Morris, and junior Taylor Parker placed 14th overall with a time of 10:42.62, which was still more than 30 seconds faster than their state qualifying mark.
Gallia Academy was also represented at the Division II-III meet as junior Madi Oiler finished 17th overall with a mark of 1:01.95 in the 400m dash. The Blue Angels did not score as a team.
No locals participated in the Division II-III boys competition, which Dunbar won comfortably with 53 points. Dayton Stivers (28) and Circleville (20) rounded out the top three spots.
Complete results of the 2016 OATCCC Indoor Track and Field Championships are available on the web at finishtiming.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.