MARTINS FERRY - The Buckeye 8 Track and Field Championship was delayed by 48 hours, but it still boiled down to a two-horse race.
Host Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville waged an all-out battle for 18 events on the boys' side. When the dust settled, however, the Red Devils' depth and ability to rack up victories and plenty of seconds and thirds, proved too much for the Riders to overcome.
St. Clairsville finished with 181 points, which was two more than the Riders. The title is Red Devils' fifth straight.
St. C. and Ferry combined to win 16 of the 18 contested events.
The Ferry girls had little issue in wrapping up their third consecutive league title. They tallied 198 points, which was 63 clear of runner-up St. Clairsville.
The Devils' only other victory on the track came when sophomore Logan McCort turned on the burners down the stretch of the 3,200 run to win, despite losing a shoe during the course of the race, in 10:29.85.
St. C. set the tone in the field events, winning four of the five.
Freshman Jordan Vincent won the long jump at 20-feet, 1-inch, Colby Lindsay won the discus at 143-3, Nick VanVoltenburg was the shot put winner at 45-5 and Josiah Rhodes won the high jump, clearing 5-10.
The Purple Riders, meanwhile, did what they do in the relays, posting a sweep.
The team of Hunter Hill, Jack Fitch, Andrew Watts and Brian Styles remained unblemished in both the 400 and 800, running meet-record times of 44.24 and 1:32.38, respectively.
The Riders' 1,600 team was also victorious in 3:38.97. The continually improving 3,200 team of Jacob Bishop, Jefrey Lucas, Raven Schrader and Kevin Simpson posted a 8:42.10 to prevail.
The shuttle team of Lucas Agnew, Jake Barritt, Arjay Burress and Javon Garriel teamed for a 65.07 and a victory.
Fitch and Garriel claimed the hurdle titles for Ferry. Fitch won the intermediates in 41.60 and Garriel posted a 17.09 for the high title.
Bishop was the champion at 1,600, posting a 4:45.01, and Watts cruised a lap in 53.88 for the 400 title.
Union Local's Austin Kemp claimed the pole vault title. He won with a meet-record jump of 13-6.5.
Indian Creek's Max Lewis captured the 800 in 2:02.98.
On the girls' side, Ferry's depth and speed proved to be too much for the other seven competing schools to overcome. Coach Rich Materkoski's squad laid claim to 10 of the 18 event titles.
Jamie Truchan ignited the attack with a pair of distance victories. She claimed the 800 and 1,600 in 2:45.84 and 5:53.22, respectively.
Tyesha Allen was the high hurdle champion in 15.97, while freshman Dalethia Johnson posted a 63.32 to win the 400 by more than five seconds.
In the field, senior Rikki Allen continued her impressive season in the vault. She cleared 9-0 for the title. Candace Kendzierski won the shot put with a mark of 32-7 1/4.
In the relay events, the Ferry foursome of Sarah Applegarth, Ashley Griffith, Malyah Coleman and Talyr Jenkins teamed for a 52.49 in the 400 and a 1:52.03 in the 800. The former was a meet record.
The team of Truchan, Johnson, Lauren Bennett and Applegarth ran a 4:30.26 for the 1,600 title.
Ferry also captured the shuttles in Nikki Allen, Allen, Allen and Griffith with a 69.70.
St. Clairsville recorded two victories. Mikayla Westlake cleared 4-10 for the high jump and the team of Westlake, Joanna Vincenzo, Sarah Heidelbach and Madie Fogle posted an 11:37.95 for the 3,200 title.