MARTINS FERRY - For the first time in the short history of the Riesbeck's Martins Ferry Relays, Mother Nature was more than cooperative. The results of ideal conditions Tuesday resulted in several impressive performances.
However, the most impressive belonged to the Purple Riders girls who racked up 106 points to outdistance the field, including runner-up Weir, which had 59.
Steubenville edged out the host Riders by eight for the boys' title. Steubenville finished with 86 points, while Ferry finished with 78.
St. C.’s Logan McCort captured the 1,600 title with a time of 4:58.95.
The meet is a relay-style meet, meaning there are only individual points scored in four events. All of the field events are added up by school to determine the winning team.
The Martins Ferry girls' squad got things started when the team of Brenna Becca, Jamie Truchan, Lindsay Cunningham and Sunshine Wrenn posted a 10:34.30 to win the 3,200-meter relay.
The Riders captured two individual events, as well. Junior speedster Taylor Jenkins won the 100 in 12.91 and freshman standout Tyesha Allen claimed the 300 low hurdles in 49.58.
Also on the track, the Riders team of Sarah Applegarth, Dionna Lee, Jenkins and Wrenn turned in a 1:56.15 to win the sprint medley relay, which consists of two 100-meter dashes, a 200 sprint and a 400 dash.
The Purple Riders' strength in hurdles showed when the team of Allen, Courtney Crolley, Ashley Griffith and Nikki Allen with a time of 67.80.
In the field, Martins Ferry claimed the long-jump relay with a combined mark of 43-feet, 10-inches, the pole vault relay with a combined height of 25-0 and the girls' high jump with a 13-0 clearance.
St. Clairsville's distance foursome of Shae Cenkus, Juliana Madzia, Amy Castle and Mikayla Westlake posted a 14:05.57 to win the distance medley relay, which consists of 1,200 leg, 800, a 400 and a 1,600 legs.
St. John's lone victory came in the discus relay with an total of 265-10
Shadyside senior standout Tara Tollett prevailed by nearly 10 seconds in the 1,600. She posted a 5:29.14, establishing a new meet record.
Steubenville's Elise Watts was impressive in winning the 100 high hurdles in a time of 16.21.
Steubenville Catholic's Michaela Gotta, Kara Kakascik, Hannah Ondus and Monica Rigaud teamed for a solid 4:15.26 to win the 1,600 relay in a tight race against St. John.
Big Red's boys' squad was fueled by three victories. Robert Hayden claimed the 100 in 11.16.
In the 800 sprint medley, Steubenville used a strong anchor leg by JaQuan Lavender to track down Martins Ferry in the final 400 meters. Lavender was joined by Perrier Coleman, Hayden and Michael Jett as the foursome posted a 1:38.29.
Big Red's shuttle team of Joey Nodianos, Garon Lytle, Michael Diaz and Oko Anyabwile ran a solid 61.79 to prevail.
The runner-up Riders' lone victory on the track came in the 1,600 relay when the team of Jack Fitch, Brian Styles, Andrew Watts and Hunter Hill posted a 3:38.32.
With senior thrower Sean McGee leading the way, Ferry claimed the discus (378-9) and shot put (132-8.75) relay titles.
Harrison Central finished third in the team standings was led by the individual victory of Terrence Lindsey in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.76. The Huskies also posted a victory in the high jump relay at 15-6.
St. Clairsville was fourth overall and was led by freshman Logan McCort who captured the title in the 1,600 in 4:58.95. The Red Devils also posted a victory in the pole vault relay with a clearance of 35-6.
Steubenville Catholic senior Doug Maslowski put forth the most impressive performance by claiming the 110 high hurdles in a meet and stadium record time of 14.28.
The Crusaders foursome of John-Paul Dombrowski, Logan Hunt, Isaac Sandford and Anthony Lee teamed to win the 3,200 relay in 9:08.75.
St. John's lone victory came in the distance medley relay. The unit of Corey Leasure, Garrett Holubeck, Kyle Whorton and Aaron Ebbert ran an 11:55.00.