Maroon And Gold On Display At Vinton County Invitational

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Vinton County Invitational
The Federal Hocking Lady Lancers and the Berne Union boys, both donning the Maroon and Gold of their respective schools, captured the team championships on Friday at the seventh annual Vinton County Invitational track and field meet.



McARTHUR — At the home of the Maroon and White, the Maroon and Gold were definitely on display.

The Federal Hocking Lady Lancers and the Berne Union boys, both donning the Maroon and Gold of their respective schools, captured the team championships on Friday at the seventh annual Vinton County Invitational track and field meet.

In fact, the Lady Lancers — by a mere 10 points — prevented a Berne Union sweep of the overall team titles.

The Lady Lancers amassed 128 points to the Lady Rockets’ 118, as a third team in Maroon and Gold — the Meigs Marauders — finished with 112.

The Marauders edged out two teams in red — Jackson (108) and Trimble (81) — for third.

Host Vinton County was sixth with 71 while Wellston rounded out the girls scores with 13.

The boys’ team totals were not as close as the girls.

That’s because Berne Union ran away with the competition, collecting seven first-place finishes en route to a hefty 196 points.

The Rockets were 80 points better than the second-place squad — the Jackson Ironmen.

Speaking of 80, the host Vikings had 82, nudging out Meigs (75) and Federal Hocking (73) for third.

Wellston with 56 and Trimble with 49 were the other boys team scores.

As an early rain gave way to sunshine at Vinton County High School, the meet gave way to the colors of Maroon and Gold.

The Lady Lancers won six of the possible 17 events, and held off hard-charging Berne Union, which won just two.

The Lady Rockets, with wins in only the discus throw and the 4x400m relay, utilized depth to keep close with Federal Hocking.

Meigs, meanwhile, matched the Lady Lancers event-for-event, and finished with five first-places overall.

Three of the Lady Lancers’ wins came in field events, including a double win by Chanda Cuckler.

Cuckler claimed the high jump at four feet, 10 inches high, and hit the long jump mark at 15 feet, four-and-three-quarter inches.

Donielle Dotson, at six-feet, six-inches, captured the pole vault.

In addition to those three victories, Federal Hocking secured a couple of key seconds. Kayla Deeter was second in the pole vault and Iris Butcher the runner-up in long jump.

Berne Union’s best finish in those two events was third.

Speaking of Butcher, she went on to win the low hurdles (51.40) after placing second in the high hurdles.

Federal Hocking’s other two triumphs belonged to Emily Dunfee in the one-mile (5:42) and two-mile (12:29.20).

Meigs managed to do well in the sprints, with Adrian Bolin taking the 100m hurdles and Catie Wolfe the 100m dash.

Bolin and Wolfe were also members of the victorious 4x200m and 4x100m relay squads. Wolfe ran the anchor leg in both races.

The Marauders’ other win was by Devin Soulsby in the 800m run. She also ran the first leg for the 4x200m team.

The opening event — the 4x800m relay — belonged to the Jackson foursome of Jarin Wasch, Jackie Lowe, Rebecca Chapman and Candace Chapman.

The Ironladies completed the distance in 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

Vinton County’s Ashley Ashmore was a double winner, sprinting her way in the 200m and 400m dashes.

Trimble’s Rachel Six won the shot put, with a winning throw of 33 feet, six and one-half inches.

On the boys side, there were several double-winners, including Cody Downour of Berne Union (long jump and 100m dash), Zach Hutchins of Berne Union (110m hurdles and 300m hurdles), Greg James of Jackson (shot put and discus), Justin Hartley of Trimble (800m and 1,600m run) and Cory Vales of Federal Hocking (high jump and pole vault).

In fact, Vales set a new meet record in the high jump, clearing the bar at six-feet, eight-and-one-quarter inches.

The previous record of six-feet, four-inches was held by Michael Trainer of Southeastern.

It was the only new meet record set on Friday night.

Vales won the pole vault with a clearance of 10 feet.

Meigs won both of the sprint relays (4x200m and 4x100m), and senior speedster Cornelius English was a part of both.

English, who anchored the 4x100m relay team, edged out Downour to take the 200m dash.

English’s teammates for both relays included Jeremy Smith, Brandan Fisher and Gabe Hill.

As for Downour and Hutchins, they made up two legs of the victorious 4×400 Rocket relay team.

The anchor leg was Chris Holloway, who also ran the opening leg for the winning 4×800 quartet. Individually, Holloway won the 400m dash.

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