One of the biggest early season junior high track meets of the spring took place last Saturday morning at West Union High School as 18 teams from the surrounding area gathered for the West Union Junior High Invitational.
In a meet that “went very smoothly” according to WUHS Athletic Director Jason Little, numerous meet records were set and teams from Hillsboro (girls) and Fairfield (boys) took home the overall team titles.
Teams from Manchester, North Adams, Peebles, and West Union all competed in the meet and it was a tough day for the locals who did not produce any first-place finishes, but still gained invaluable experience running, throwing, and jumping against some rather stiff competition.
Following are some of the local competitors and their best finishes:
Boys Long Jump: 5. Collin Hesler (NAJH) 14’3.5”
Girls 100M Hurdles: 9. Gracie Roades (NAJH) 21.20
Girls 100M Dash: 6. Aaliyah Smith (MJH) 14.7
Girls 1600M Run: 4. Laranda Piatt (NAJH) 6:30
Boys 1600M Run: 4. Ethan Pennywitt (MJH) 5:37
Girls 400M Dash: 5. Laranda Piatt (NAJH) 1:11.1
Boys 400M Dash: 4. James Arias (MJH) 1:01.8, 8. Corey Baldridge (PJH) 1:07.0
Girls 200M Hurdles: 9. Gracie Roades (NAJH) 36.3
Boys 800M Run: 8. Ethan Pennywitt (MJH) 2:34
Girls 200M Dash: 5. Billie Jo Kinhalt (MJH) 30.3
Boys 4 x 400 Relay: 5. Manchester 4:33.00
TOP FIVE OVERALL TEAM SCORES:
Girls- Hillsboro 79, Eastern Brown 77, Mt. Orab 68, Notre Dame 38, Piketon 36
Boys- Fairfield A 73, Hamersville 71, Bethel-Tate 52, Hillsboro 47, Lynchburg 37