Judging from the outcomes of most of the season’s track meets before Friday’s Scioto Valley Conference meet, it should come as no surprise to how the final standings shook out. Unioto’s boys and Zane Trace’s girls continued to hold their respective places atop the league, but it wasn’t always in dominating fashion.
“I’ve been doing this a long time and I don’t remember seeing anything like this,” Unioto coach Matt Paxton said of the competition. “Things like this are the reason you become a coach and want to be involved in sports. There were just so many close races it was ridiculous, and it would have been fun to watch if I weren’t coaching and having a heart attack all night.”
Unioto boys just edged Zane Trace for the top spot, finishing with 137 points to Zane Trace’s 129. The Shermans got first-place finishes from Ethan Richter in the 1,600 (4:26.94); Eric Tatman in the 400 (52.63) and David Magda in the 3,200 (10:20.90) to go along with their top finishers from Monday’s first round. Unioto also had nine other top three finishes.
The Pioneers’ second-place finish came in large part to victories from Nate Newman in the 110 hurdles (15.85) and 300 hurldes (41.66), and three additional top three finishes.
On the girls side, Zane Trace took the title with 174 points thanks to victories from Jessie Proehl in SVC record times of 5:17.31 in the 1,600 and 11:32.45 in the 3,200. The Pioneers also got first-place finishes from Megan Jaruwannakorn in the 100 hurdles (15.93) and 300 hurdles (47.80), Rachel Hutton in the 400 (1:02.32), Kim Wolfe in the 800 (2:00.13) and the 1,600 relay of Cecelia Wallace, Jaruwannakorn, Wolfe and Kasandra Dalton (4:19.13). Zane Trace also had eight other top three finishes.
“I haven’t seen much competition like this,” Paxton said. “I was just watching the events wondering if it would ever stop. It was like the kids were just throwing bombs at each other.”
Adena’s boys finished third with 92 points. The Warriors had wins from the 1,600 relay of Isaac Thomas, David Bakenhaster, Tyrell Pettiford and Michael Bryant (3:33.56), the 400 relay of Calob Thatcher, Pettiford, Cale Free and Bryant (45.80), and the 800 relay of Fletcher Anderson, Thatcher, Bryant and Pettiford. Bryant added a win in the 200 (23.55).
Piketon had first-place finishes from Kane Dixon in the 800 (2:00.13) and five other top three finishes to help lead the Redstreaks to a fourth-place team finish with 86.50 points.
Westfall finished fifth (73), followed by Southeastern (53.50), Huntington (45) and Paint Valley (39). The Bearcats’ Tony Hatfield had a victory in the 100 (11.51).
Unioto’s girls grabbed a second-place finish with 137 points on the strength of a win from the 400 relay of Vivian Thai, Madisen Goshorn, Tamia Mills and Donisha Austin (52.08) and nine additional top three finishes.
Westfall took third (84). The Mustangs got victories from Kylie Goldsmith in the 100 (12.62) and the 200 (27.03), and 800 relay of Kelsie Robinson, Amanda Sias, Hannah Zimmerman and Goldsmith (1:51.16).
Piketon was fourth (70), followed by Adena (61), Huntington (45), Southeastern (45) and Paint Valley (32).
The Warriors had with three top three finishes, the Panthers two, and the Huntsmen and the Bearcats each had one.