McARTHUR, Ohio -Dominating.
That's the word that best describes the performances of the Belpre High School boys and Eastern High School girls track teams at the Tri Valley Conference Hocking Division Track Championships.
The Golden Eagles dominated the nine-team field, winning 11 of the 17 events contested and amassing 180 points, more than double the amount of its closest competitor.
In the girls competition, Eastern also ran away with the title, accounting for 175 points compared to 113 for Belpre, which finished as the runner-up.
The Belpre boys were led by Dakota Hoffman, who earned high point honors by winning the long jump (20-feet) and 400 (53.4) while finishing second in both hurdles races. Hoffmann's 36 points were 5 more than the 30 accounted for by freshman Cray Sistrunk, who won both the 800 (2:04) and 1600 (4:32). Other Belpre individuals who won events included Matthew Lopreste (5-8 in the high jump), Sam Petty (23.9 in the 300) and Bruce Pittenger (11-6 in the pole vault. The Golden Eagles swept the relays with Pittenger, Ryan Leasure, Matthew Colvin and Petty in the 4 by 100; Colvin, Leasure, Lopreste and Petty in the 4 by 200; Colvin, Joey Hunt, Lopreste and Leasure in the by 4 by 400) and Kyle Windland, Joel Starner, Matthew Davis and Sistrunk in the 4 by 800.
Waterford's Austin Shriver won both hurdle races while his Wildcat teammate, Hunter Munjas, captured the 100 (11.4) title. Eastern's Brent Welch won the discus (134-8).
Speaking of Waterford, Wildcat Ally Rohrer won high point individual honors in the girls meet, accounting for 32 points as she finished second in four events -the 100, 200 and both hurdle races. The Wildcats also had a double winner in sophomore Maddie Sury, who won the long jump (16-2) and 800 (2:23.9). Sury was one of just two double winners as Wahama senior Kelsey Zuspan dominated the springs, taking the 100 in 12.8 and the 200 in 27.0.
Belpre had a pair of champions in Taryn Carr in the 110 high hurdles (16.5) and Kirsten Hannah in the pole vault (7-0). Federal Hocking's lone winner was Cheyenne Singer in th shot put (37-4).
Eastern got victories from Maddie Rigsby (5-2, high jump), Asia Michael (12:25.8, 3200), Savannah Hawley (1:04, 400), Taylor Palmer (5:35.6, 1600), Keri Lawrence (48.1, low hurdles) and Cassidy Cleland (111, discus). The Eagles also dominated the relays, winning the 4 by 100, 4 by 200 and 3 by 400. Waterford captured the 4 by 800 with team of Sury, Katie Seamons, Katrina Schwendeman and Maggie Kroll.