In the SOC I however, a clear-cut leader could not be found with Oak Hill's girls ahead of Valley and the Titans of Notre Dame leading South Webster and Valley, who were tied in second place overall, in the boys race in Wheelersburg.
The Pirates were off to a strong start in Day 2 of boys competition in search of their fourth-consecutive SOC II championship. First place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles, the 100 meter dash and the 800 meter relay helped Wheelersburg to 79 team points after nine events..
Isaac Duduit pulled in the hurdle win with a time of 16.14 as Minford's Seth Lloyd and Northwest's Mark Moore rounded out the top three.
In the 100 meter dash Tyler Craigmiles broke the 11-second barrier with a 10.97 sprint to the finish line while Jacob Piguet and Cory McKnight, both of Minford, were second and third place.
"This would be my 21st SOC title and the fourth in a row for my seniors," Wheelersburg coach Gary Johnson said. "They want to make it a clean sweep... Tyler Craigmiles is our high point man and Brandon Schankweiler did a great job today despite just coming back from a football injury. He is a courageous kid."
The 800 meter relay team of Jeremiah La Framboise, Zade Whitley, Julian Silvey and Craigmiles took the top prize with a time of 1:36.43 as Notre Dame and Portsmouth West made up the rest of the top three for the relay event.
This will be the final season for Johnson as coach of the Pirate track team after more than three decades.
"It has been 31 seasons and I've turned old and gray doing it," Johnson said. "I have enjoyed every bit of it."
The Falcons of Minford added 10 points to their team total with a 400 meter relay win by the team of McKnight, Lloyd, Ethan Butcher and Piguet. A time of 44-seconds flat was more than two seconds better than second place Wheelersburg and third place Portsmouth West.
Eastern’s Jordan Selbee won the 1600 meter run in a time of 4:41.48 while Notre Dame’s Adam Hadsell was second and Wheelersburg’s Kyle Brooks was third.
In girls competition the Lady Oaks were first place finishers in two events mid-way through Day 2 of the league meet.
Samantha Massie recorded a time of 12.85 in the 100 meter dash for the win as Wheelersburg's Erica Schmidt and Waverly's Crystal Foreman came in second and third place.
Also, the Oak Hill 400 meter relay team of Molly Spohn, Kari Taylor, Miquel Strite and Massie edged out Waverly by .06 seconds for a first place ribbon.
South Webster's Kayla Cook outlasted the competition in both the 1600 meter and 400 meter runs for 20 team points.
In winning the 1600 meter race Cook finished with a 5:21.29, 25 seconds ahead of the field. Wheelersburg's Sarah Ruggles and South Webster's Kasey Roth crossed the line in second and third place.
Minford's Mariah Butcher won the 100 meter hurdles for the Falcons with a time of 16.18. Waverly's Foreman and Wheelersburg's Sadie Ruby were next best in the hurdle sprint.
Also winning for Minford was the 800 meter relay team of Amber Lowery, Butcher, Brittany Clark and Abby Donahoe in 1:54.17 as Wheelersburg and Northwest rounded out the top spots.
During Day 1 of the SOC championship, Valley's Carrie Coriell won the girls shot put with a throw of 36-feet 1-inch to beat Oak Hill's Kelsey Burton and Waverly's Lexxy Jackson.
In boys results, Portsmouth West's Blake Shupert won the long jump with a distance of 20-feet 8-inches while Jonathan Garrett of East and Matt Mohr of New Boston were next best. In discus Northwest's Ryan Weakley took the top prize with a throw of 141-feet and 9-inches as Brian Evans of Waverly and Curtis Crabtree of Valley came in second and third respectively.
Complete race results and team totals were not available at press time because of an early deadline.
A final wrap-up story and complete meet results will be available in Thursday's edition of the Portsmouth Daily Times.