WHEELERSBURG, Ohio — The River Valley track and field teams had solid showings this week at the 2012 Wheelersburg Invitational, as the Lady Raiders won the Division II title Monday night at the girls event while the Raiders finished third Tuesday night during the D-2 boys competition.
The Lady Raiders posted a winning score of 74 points in the bigger-school D-2 meet, which ended up being six points better than the 68 points aquired by runner-up Piketon. There were six teams in the Division II field and a total of 17 girls squads overall at the event.
River Valley claimed two first place finishes and also had a half-dozen top-three efforts, with Katie Blodgett and Ramsey Warren earning respective golds in the 3200m run (12:36) and 100m dash (13.0).
JaiNai Fields was the 400m dash runner-up with a time of 1:02.6, while both the 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams finished in second place. The 4x800m relay squad also placed third overall for the Lady Raiders.
Wheelersburg won the Division I (small schools) girls meet with 121 points, which was 59 points better than runner-up Paint Valley.
The Raiders placed third in the D-2 boys meet with 52 points, finishing behind only eventual-champion Piketon (113) and runner-up Portsmouth (104.5). There were seven teams in the D-2 event and total of 16 boys squads overall at the competition.
RVHS claimed one event title and had a total of six top-three efforts on the day. Aaron Harrison won the long jump event with a leap of 25 feet, 0.25 inches and placed second in both the 110m hurdles (16.1) and 300m hurdles (48.2).
Patrick Williams was the runner-up in the 100m (11.2) and 200m (23.2) dashes, while Jerred Mabe placed third overall in the high jump (5-10).
Lucasville Valley won the Division I boys meet with 78 points. The Indians just edged out host Wheelersburg (73.5) for the title.
Complete results of the 2012 Wheelersburg Invitationals are available on the web at baumspage.com