With three event finals in the books at press time, Waverly and Wheelersburg were atop the SOC II standings in boys and girls while in the SOC I Valley was tied with Oak Hill in girls and leading South Webster by one in the boys team score book.
Day one of the SOC meet consists mostly of field event finals with the additions of the 4x800 meter relay final and preliminary races for the sprints and hurdles.
Waverly shot-putters Brian Evans and Dylan Dyke got the Tigers off to an outstanding start with their first and third place finishes for a total of 16 team points. Evans out-threw the field by nearly three feet with a toss of 55-feet 5.5 inches.
Valley's Joe Brickey took the second-place ribbon for the Indians.
"We expected them to do well... but not exactly that well," Waverly boys coach Byron Green said. "We are going to count on them to score a lot of points in both the shot and discus. They have been leading us all year."
In the boys 4x800 meter relay Waverly led for three of the four legs before being overtaken by South Webster in the final lap. The Jeep relay team of Adam Rice, Zane Smith, Ryan Wiseman and Brandon Malone claimed the top spot with a time of 8:47.6.
"We were very lucky to come out and a personal best (in the 4x800 relay)," South Webster boys coach Tim Conley said. "An 8:47 is a long way off where you need to be at the regional level but it is a good step... It is always good to get on the scoreboard the first night."
In boys high jump Northwest's Hank Leslie won with a jump of 6-feet 2-inches while Wheelersburg's Brandon Schankweiler and Minford's Cory McKnight finished second and third.
The final rounds for long jump and discus were still in progress at press time.
In girls competition, the Lady Pirates' Erica Schmidt grabbed first place in both high jump and long jump. West's Taylor Newman came in a close second in high jump with a height of 4-feet 10-inches and Oak Hill's Samantha Massie recorded a long jump of 15-feet 6-inches for second place.
"So far things have gone pretty well," Wheelersburg girls coach Paul Boll said. "We won the long jump and I really didn't expect that. Erica Schmidt had a really nice jump and she also won the high jump. She had a really good night."
Wheelersburg's 4x800 relay team of Sarah Ruggles, Logan Barrick, Alyssa Conn and Katie Knapp took first place with a time of 10:35.8, a season best. Waverly, South Webster and Minford each finished with sub-11:16 times in the only track final of day one.
For the girls' discus finals Valley's Carrie Coriell distanced herself from the field (by more that seven feet) with a throw of 121-feet 4-inches. Lexxy Jackson of Waverly and Jennifer Smith of Eastern were also top finishers in the event.
The finals results in the girls shot put were not available at press time.
Day two of the league meet, which takes place today at Wheelersburg High School, will include finals for all track events with the exception of the 4x800 relay completed on Monday.
Full results will be available in the days following today's finals.
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