Over the years, the track and field programs at Portsmouth, South Webster, and Wheelersburg have always been something to deal with.
Portsmouth’s Lynsey Shipley, South Webster’s Kobe Dutiel, and Wheelersburg’s Ellie Ruby proved that in spades throughout the duration of the 2017 Southeast District Track and Field Meets at Chillicothe Southeastern High School and at Washington Court House on Wednesday and Saturday evening.
In the Division III Southeast District Meet, Shipley, who has torn up the track and field scene all year for the Trojans, started her day out by clicking off a blistering time of 12.61 in the girls 100 meter dash — and beat her next closest competitor, Sardinia Eastern’s Madison Hopkins — by nearly a half a second in doing so.
The junior then proceeded to take home top honors in the girls 400 meter dash by accumulating a time of 57.73, which was more than three seconds faster than second-place finisher Taylor Tackett of Mowrystown Whiteoak. Shipley also edged Tackett in the 200 meter dash by running a 25.62 — besting Tackett’s 26.69 — and, for good measure, capped off her stellar showing with a mark of 17-03 in the long jump for her fourth victory of the day.
In the same meet, Dutiel, like Shipley, did likewise. The Jeep took home top honors in the finals of the 100 meter dash by clicking off a blistering time of 11.28 to best Belpre’s Tojzae Reams by nearly two-tenths of a second. Dutiel then edged Wheelersburg’s Dominic Reyes in a thrilling 200 meter dash race, with the senior edging the junior by three-tenths of a second with his 22.61, and grabbed third-place in the 4-by-100 meter relay with fellow teammates Samuel Holstein, Jacob Witter, and Austin Bloomfield.
Fellow teammates Hunter Bennington, Mason Blizzard, Michael Andrews, and Ethan Lore continued South Webster’s success in the relay events as the quartet took home top billing in the 4-by-800 with a time of 8:41.79. Bennington then continued the success into the long-distance events as the senior notched a second-place finish in the 1600 meter run with his time of 4:39.79, just two seconds back of Eastern’s Evan Leist, who obtained a 4:37.69 to win the event, and Olivia Messer followed Bennington’s efforts up on the girls side with a second place finish in the 3200 meter run, clicking off a time of 12:32.02 to finish in second place, with Peebles’ Jenny Seas being the only person to edge Messer out. Blizzard followed Bennington’s second place finish in the 1600 with his fourth-place time of 4:46.94.
Wheelersburg’s Ellie Ruby proved to be stellar once again in the Division II Southeast District Meet as the sophomore showed off her all-around abilities in multiple events. She cleared 17 feet, one inch in the long jump to become the only girl to do so in the district meet, then finished second in the girls 300 meter hurdles (47.63) and the 100 meter hurdles (15.44) to round out another fantastic day.
Fellow track teammates Dominic Reyes and Alan Patrick also collected excellent days for the Pirates on the Division III side, as the pair combined with fellow teammates Hunter Ruby and Nate King to collect a third-place finish with their finals time of 3:39.15 in the 4-by-400 meter relay, with Reyes’ second place finish in the 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash (51.67) and Patrick’s runner-up finish in the 300 meter hurdles (43.25), along with a fourth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles (17.06) anchoring the Wheelersburg boys unit.
Fellow elite Scioto County athlete Shae Patty joined Ruby in the fun by grabbing a victory in the girls high jump for Northwest with her high jump of five feet, four inches to also qualify for region, while Minford’s Brayden Tilley was a stronghold for Minford all afternoon in the Division II ranks, clearing six feet on the high jump to finish third and utilizing a time of 41.56 to obtain another third-place showing in the 300 meter hurdles.
In Division III, Cameron King continued his outstanding senior year by qualifying for regionals in the high jump with a runner-up finish in the event. The senior from Clay cleared six feet, four inches en route to a runner-up finish. Notre Dame’s Sydney Edwards, Jenna Edwards, Ali Smith, and Olivia Smith led Notre Dame to a regional appearance in the 4-by-800 meter relay with a 10:47.96 to obtain a regional slot — with Olivia Smith also qualifying via a second-place finish in the 300 meter hurdles with her time of 48.68.
Valley’s Gabe Streeter qualified for regionals in the 100 meter dash (11.79) and the 200 meter dash (23.67) en route to fourth place finishes in both events, while teammate Nathan Riehl joined him by qualifying in the discus throw with his mark of 129-08 en route to a third-place showing. Green also put a unit into the Division III Regional, as Zach Huffman, Tyler Darnell, Tyler Thorton, and Aaron Johnson clicked off a 1:38.13 to place in third in the 4-by-200 meter relay.
As a unit, Wheelersburg’s men paced the way by scoring 58 points to tie Chesapeake for second place in the Division III Northeast Team Rankings, while South Webster’s men finished just three points back of the pair en route to a fourth-place showing. Portsmouth’s girls collected 49 points en route to a third place showing on the women’s side, while the Minford men and Wheelersburg women scored 55 and 52 points, respectively, to place in sixth in the Division II realm.
A complete list of the Division II and Division III regional qualifiers from Scioto County, along with the schedule for both events, will be posted in the Wednesday, May 24 edition of the Daily Times.
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