The River View boys track team has shown during the season they will be a force to be reckon with when districts start next week.
They proved that again in a big way Friday by capturing the East Central Ohio League Championship at Marietta College.
The Black Bears finished with 97 points, ahead of runner-up Cambridge by 12 points. Coshocton finished 10th with 24 points.
“At the beginning of the year, if you told me this team would win the league, I would have thought you were crazy,” River View boys track coach Mike Gray said. “But all year long, we have had a saying. Trust the plan, believe in yourself and live the dream, which is exactly what these kids have done.”
Brandon Adams was named athlete of the meet. After false starting in the 100 which led to a disqualification, Adams won the 200 (22.58) and was a member of the victorious 800 (1:31.93) and 1,600 (3:29.09) relays. Other winners included Trevis Stamper in the 300 hurdles (40.62) and Brice Finton in the high jump (6-feet-2).
Gray feels confident this meet will only make the team better with districts around the corner.
“They have a lot of self confidence right now,” he said. “The kids are excited about going into districts and they know they will be one of the favorites to win, but also know it won’t be handed to them.”
Nathan Lain was fourth in the 3,200 (10:44.12) and fifth in the 1,600 (4:52.84). Mark Lepley finished fourth in the 800 (2:07.22) to lead the Redskins.
On the girls side, River View was fifth with 57 points and Coshocton finished 10th with 24 points.
Katie Smith was the high finisher for the Lady Bears, taking second in the long jump (14-11½). Kristen Douglass finished third in the 300 hurdles (49.10), fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.24) and was a member of the fourth-place 800 relay (1:56.10).
Casey Fortney won the 800 (2:25.78) and Nicki Carling was fourth in the 100 (13.2) and sixth in the 200 (27.87) to lead the Redskins.