BELPRE - Host Belpre swept the team titles here Saturday inside Ralph Holder Stadium at the 36th annual Shrine Invitational while the Wildcats from Waterford took runner-up honors.
Dakota Hoffman collected wins in the long jump (19-10.5) and the 300 hurdles (41.06) en route to earning high-point honors with 36 to help Belpre post a dominating 166-84 victory. Hoffman also had a pair of runner-up efforts in the 200 and in the 100 hurdles (16.06). Hoffman narrowly lost the 200 to fellow teammate Sam Petty, who nipped him 23.72 to 23.87. Waterford's Austin Shriver had the winning time in the 100 hurdles with a posting of 15.39.
The only thinclad to collect three victories was Southern speedster Kody Wolfe, who won the 400 with a time of 55.92 and also claimed the 800 (2:10.27) and the mile (4:34.33). Belpre's Kyle Windland took the 2-mile title after finishing in 10:59.75.
Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Belpre’s Ryan Leasure, left, takes the baton from Matt Lopreste in the final leg of the 4 by 400 relay during the 36th annual Shrine Invitational Saturday. Golden Eagles’ second leg runner Cray Sistrunk looks on.
Waterford's girls, who finished with 109 points compared to Belpre's 153, did have the high-point individual thanks to Wildcat Ally Rohrer. The junior picked up 20 of her 34 points thanks to sweeping the 100 (13.51) and the 200 (28.03) as Golden Eagles Allison Gherke (13.72) and Sarah Walker (29.00) finished second in those events, respectively. Rohrer was runner-up in the 100 hurdles to Belpre's Taryn Carr (16.31-17.70) and took third in the 300 hurdles with a clocking of 53.83, which was not far off the pace of the victor Carr, who barely edged Gherke, 52.70 to 52.75.
Aside from Rohrer and Carr, the only other dual event winner was Alexander's Ally Malone. Malone, the runner-up to Waterford's Maggie Kroll in the 800 (2:34.34 to 2:37.04), who topped the field in the 1600 (5:43.45) and the 3200 (12:36.18).
Although no meet records were broken, Cydney McMillan of Newcomerstown had a winning vault of 10 feet, 6 inches, which tied the reigning pole vault record that was established in 2008 by Warren's Amelinda Marango.
McMillan's teammates Alexes Sanders and Krista McVey also had individual wins. Sanders won the 400 with a clocking of 1:07.76 while McVey captured the discus with a heave of 107 feet, 7 inches.
Federal Hocking's Cheyenne Singer, who was runner-up to McVey in the discus, took top honors in the shot put after throwing a 36-2. Notre Dame's Andrea Marchyn went 4-8 to win the high jump and Waterford's Maddy Sury had the best long jump at 15-6.25.
In the boys 100, Waterford's Hunter Munjas won by just five hundredths of a second versus Belpre's Sam Petty - 11.71 to 11.76. The victorious Golden Eagles also received a first place effort from high jumper Matt Lopreste (5-8).
Newcomerstown's Logan Lehman captured the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 6 inches and teammate Tristen Durr's throw of 133 feet, 6 inches was tops in the discus. Durr came up just short in the shot put and finished runner-up to Alexander's Stan Dibenedetto - 41-9 to 41-4.
The Belpre boys pulled out wins in three of the four relay races - the 4 by 100, 4 by 200 and 4 by 400. Ryan Leasure, Petty, Matt Colvin and Devin Daniell went 47.60 in the 4 by 100 and the same quartet clocked in at 1:37.73 to win the 4 by 200. In the 4 by 400, Colvin, Cray Sistrunk, Lopreste and the anchor Leasure sped to an easy win with a time of 3:49.75.
Thanks in part to the anchor Wolf, Southern won the 4 by 800 in 9:05.84 with the help of Justin Hettinger, Bradley McCoy and Joseph Morris.
In the girls relay races, Belpre won a pair (4 by 100, 55.51; 4 by 200, 1:57.91) as did Waterford (4 by 400, 4:38.85; 4 by 800, 11:14.70). Kirsten Hannah, Sarah Walker, Sierra Barker and Carr were on the 4 by 100 and Carr also anchored the 4 by 200 that included Walker, Barker and Gherke. Katrina Schwendman, Kroll, Lydia Beardsley and Sury comprised the Wildcats' 4 by 400 unit and Sury ran the lead leg on the 4 by 800 team which also featured Katie Semon, Schwedman and Tess Teters.