BIDWELL, Ohio — The River Valley boys — by several points — and the Gallia Academy girls — by a single marker — captured the team championships at Tuesday’s Gallia County track and field meet, which took place at River Valley High School.
The host Raiders, with 87 points, won the team title by almost 30 points over Gallia Academy.
The Blue Devils scored 58 points, while South Gallia gained one.
For the girls, Gallia Academy amassed 70 points and River Valley 69, as Ohio Valley Christian captured 25 points.
In fact, the track and field club for OVCS only consists of two junior girls — Rachel Sargent and Katie Bradley.
Sargent swept the sprint races on Tuesday, winning the 100m (13.45 seconds), 200m (28.03 seconds) and 400m dashes (1:01).
She was also the long jump runner-up — and only a half-inch (14-feet, 3 3/4 inches) away from hitting the winning leap.
Bradley — at an even 34-feet — was the girls shot put winner, as she also placed fourth in the long jump.
In both the boys and girls scoring, the meet points — in individual events — were calculated on a 5-3-2-1 basis for first, second, third and fourth-place.
For all relays, in which only Gallia Academy and River Valley ran, the winner gained five points and the runner-up three.
River Valley’s Isaiah Beach was a double winner in both the boys 110m high hurdles (17.20 seconds) and long jump (17-feet, seven inches), as was the Raiders’ Mark Wray in the 300m hurdles (44.51 seconds) and 100m dash (12.04 seconds).
Other Raiders winning in field events were Ty VanSickle in the shot put (40-feet, two inches) and Eric Weber in the discus throw (111-feet and nine inches).
River Valley also won three of four individual distance events, with Jacob Kemper claiming the 1,600m run (4:57), Garrett Young taking the 3,200m run (11 minutes), and Caleb McKnight winning the 400m dash (59.11 seconds).
Dayton Hardway of the Raiders won the 200m dash (25.65 seconds), while River Valley was also victorious in the 4x100m relay (47.75 seconds).
Gallia Academy mounted most of its success in the other three relays — winning the 4x800m (8:56), the 4x200m (1:40.3) and the 4x400m (3:48).
The Blue Devils’ only individual wins were Isaiah Lester in the 800m run (2:07) and Kaleb Crisenbery in the high jump (five-feet six-inches).
On the girls side, Mary Watts was a triple winner for Gallia Academy, capped off by capturing the high jump with a leap of an even five-feet.
Watts, a distance specialist, swept the 1,600m (5:39) and 800m (2:39) runs before opting not to run in the 3,200m.
That event was won instead by the Blue Angels’ Mesa Polcyn.
Madi Oiler amassed a double win in the two hurdles races (17.08 in the 100m hurdles and 48.83 in the 300m hurdles), as Grace Martin gained the win in the long jump (14-feet, 4 1/4-inches).
The Blue Angels’ only other win was in the 4x200m relay, which featured Martin, Oiler, Jamie Canfield and Erin Lincoln.
They ran the two-lap sprint in a minute and 55 seconds.
The Lady Raiders won the other three relays — running 11:34 in the 4x800m, 57.89 seconds in the 4x100m, and finally 4:28 in the 4x400m.
Brianna McGuire was River Valley’s only individual event winner, throwing 88-feet and two inches in the discus.
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