By Eddie Mowen Jr.
May 20, 2014
Eaton and Preble Shawnee combined to win eight individual league titles at the Southwestern Buckeye League Track and Field Championships last week.
The host Eagles claimed five titles, with the Arrows taking home three.
The event was held on Thursday, May 15, and Saturday, May 17, at Eaton.
Eaton’s Michelle McKinney was a double-winner and a multiple record setter in the Southwestern Division.
The senior set new league and division records in winning the 1,600-meter run (5:13.83) and the 800-meter run (2:15.33).
Eaton’s Seth Wright won the Pole Vault, tying a Southwestern Division record, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.
Seth Reynolds captured first place in the 110-Meter Hurdles with a time of 15.65 seconds.
Darius Spears set a new a personal best in the shot put with a toss of 43-5 to win the event.
“It is always great to have individuals and/or relay teams place first overall at the league meet especially when the program can capture five league championship finishes,” Eaton coach Randy McKinney said. “Then when you add to the titles one tie of a division record, two new division records and two new SWBL records that really makes for a special meet.”
For Preble Shawnee, a senior and a pair of freshman claimed league titles.
Senior Josh Willoughby cleared 6-2 to win the Buckeye Division high jump. Freshman Elise Walker cleared 5-2 to win the high jump and Kassy Wilson, also a freshman, won the shot put with a personal best toss of 33-2.
“Josh has jumped well all season, and his best jump earlier this season of 6 feet, 7 inches set a new school record.,” Shawnee coach Stephanie Hurley said. “I have been watching Josh improve every year since Seventh Grade, and it’s exciting to watch him this year as a senior compete and win at each of our meets. Hopefully he will continue to jump well this coming week at the District meet and make it to Regionals. It’s very exciting to have two league champs on our girls team, and especially exciting that they are just freshman and still have three more years to get even better.”
Eaton’s boys placed second with 109 points. Valley View won the Southwestern title with 144 points. Eaton’s girls were fourth with 101 points. Oakwood won with 188.50 points.
In the Buckeye Division, Shawnee’s girls were sixth with 32 points. Dixie was the division with 157. The Arrows boys were seventh with 21 points. Dixie won with 159.50.
Eaton had several runner-ups.
Seth Reynolds was second in the long soaring 19-7; Taylor Broermann finished second in the girls 800- meter run in new personal best time of 2:24.57; Zavier Spears took second in the 400-meter run in 52.88; the girls 4x400-meter relay team of Liana Dickerson, Kristi Floyd, Broermann and Michelle McKinney was clocked in 4:22.26; and Madison Bowman was second in the shot put with a new personal best throw of 32-6.
Other placers included: Reynolds, third in the 300 hurdles; Bowman, third in the discus; Stephanni Smith was fourth in the pole vault; the girls 4x100-meter relay team of Courtney Smith, Brooke Selby, Dickerson and Floyd were third; the boys 4x100-meter relay team of Damon Willard, Tyrell David, Yue Lin and Zavier Spears were third
Placing fourth; the girls 4x800-meter relay Danielle Newport, Morgan Evans, Autumn Bleil, Lauren Muncy; the boys 4x800-meter relay of Andy Newport, Branson Bennett, Seth Gard, Ben Bassler; the girls 4x200 Meter Relay of Dickerson, Courtney Smith, Floyd and Hannah Luther; Broermann in the 1,600; Wright in the 300 hurdles; Newport in the 3,200; Hannah Schmidt in the discus; the boys 4x400-meter relay of Dan Howard, Zavier Spears, David and Willard.
Placing fifth: the boys 4x200 Meter Relay team of Willard, David, Lin and Blake Clabaugh; Wright in the 110 hurdles; Gard in the 1,600; Zavier Spears in the 200; Morgan Evans in the 3,200; Drew Campbell in the high jump; and Brandon George in the shot put.
Placing sixth were; Reynolds in the high jump; Shane Hammock in the discus; Selby in the 100 and 300 hurdles; Danielle Newport in the 3,200; Miranda Lee in the pole vault; and Jacob Couvutsakis in the pole vault.
Finishing seventh were Floyd in the 200 and Paige Baker in the shot.
Placing eighth were Emma McKinney in the long jump; Bennett in the 800 and George in the discus.
“(We had) many personal or season best times, jumps, vaults, throws for our athletes. A great day and very solid team performance for both the girls and guys,” Randy McKinney said. “District this week will be a great challenge. I believe we are ready to compete And have an opportunity to advance many athletes on to the District finals on Saturday and on to the Regional Championships next week. The District is always an exciting time for our athletes and coaches alike.”
Other placers for Preble Shawnee were: the boys 4x800-meter relay team of Lane Conway, Tanner Crabtree, Dustin Downs and Cameron Davidson in sixth; Makenzie Webb was eighth in the 100 hurdles; Sidney Hacker was sixth in the 100; Oza Lawson was fourth in the 100; the girls 4x200-meter relay of Webb, Hope Ballinger, Sydney Steele; Hannah Hurd was fifth; the boys 4x200-meter relay of Waylon Shope, Tyler Shepherd, Matt Hall and Roy Parsley was fifth; the girls 4x100-meter relay of Webb, Walker, Hacker and McKenna Simpson were sixth; Conway was seventh in the 3,200; the girls 4x400 relay of Walker, Hurd, Ballinger and Simpson was fifth; the boys 4x400 relay of Conway, Austin Riley, Hall and Shope was sixth; Hurd placed third in the long jump.
“Coach (Matt) Hopkins and I are very proud of the hard work that our athletes have put in this season, and look forward to watching them compete at Districts this week, especially Josh, Elise, and Kassy, who all have a good chance to qualify for Regionals with good jumps and throws this week at Districts,” Hurley said.
Eaton will compete at the Division II district at Graham High School on Thursday, May 22 and Saturday, May 24.
Preble Shawnee will compete at Welcome Stadium in Dayton also on Thursday and Saturday.