BELLBROOK — Eaton’s boys and girls track teams came up shy of their goal of winning dual league championships Saturday (May 14) during the Southwestern Buckeye League meet at Bellbrook.
“The (2022) SWBL Championship meet was a very competitive meet, and our coaching knew going in that the final team standings would be close,” Eaton coach Randy McKinney said. “We knew we had a chance to realistically compete for two team titles, but we also knew that we had to be consistent and place as many of our athletes and relays in the top two spots and gain as many third place finishes as possible to accomplish that task. In the end we came up a little short of our goal, but not due to lack of effort on the part of our athletes.”
The girls team finished second in the SWBL West Division with 119 points. Valley View took home the top honor with 127 points.
On the boys side, Eaton finished third with 99 points. Valley View was first with 114 and Brookville was second with 102.
“We couldn’t catch a break in a few individual and relay events that ultimately cost us key points in the team scoring,” McKinney said of the boys team. “It was enough points that Valley View was able to gain enough of an advantage to hang on for both team titles and enough for the Brookville boys to just push the boys team into third place in the final standings.”
On the girls’ side, Eaton placed first in all four of the relay events along with four individual champions. The team also had three second place finishes, and five third place finishes.
On the boys’ side, the Eagles had five individual champions, six second place finishes and three third place finishes.
Lauren Guiley was a dual champion, winning both the 1600 and 800 Meter Runs
Josh Martin won both the high jump and long jump.
Other individual champions included Cami McCloud (3200 meter run), Delaney Deaton (discus), Matthew Michael (discus), Clayton Kiracofe (shot put) and Gabe White (pole vault).
In the relays, Eaton’s girls won all four.
The team of Kaili Hewitt, Addi Guiley, Kiera Elliott, Lauren Guiley won both the 4×800 and 4×400 relays.
Camryn Bates, Elise Hewitt, Kurstyn Pitsinger, and Amayah Thacker won the 4×200 and Camryn Bates, Maddie Haynes, Kurstyn Pitsinger, Amayah Thacker won the 4×100 event.
“Great effort on the part of all our athletes,” McKinney said. “Now we move on and prepare for the OHSAA District Championships this upcoming Thursday and Saturday at Graham High School. From this point forward we have to qualify to the finals in most running events but must place in the top four in all relays and individual events to advance on to the OHSAA Regional Championships next week at Piqua.”