Bellaire Relays Takes on New Look for First Time in Years

BELLAIRE – For the first time in its 60-year history, the Bellaire Relays added a girls’ portion as meet officials combined the Burger King Bellaire Relays and the Belmont Savings Bank Girls Invitational into the one meet.

Martins Ferry’s girls squad didn’t seem to care when the meet was held. The Riders simply did what they’ve been doing most of the season, a whole lot of winning.

Coach Rich Materkoski’s deep and talented girls’ squad rang up 132 points, which was 42 ahead of the host Big Reds.

On the boys’ side, Martins Ferry, which ran away with the title at Shadyside last weekend, settled for second, trailing long-time Ohio track power Dayton Dunbar by 20. The Riders finished with 92 points.

The Ferry girls got a quartet of individual victories on the track.

Sophomore hurdling ace Tyesha Allen got back to her winning ways. She notched the top time in both the high and low hurdles, posting 16.27 and 48.52, respectively.

Junior Jamie Truchan continued to be one of the top 800 meter runners in the area. She posted a 2:29.99 for the two-lap race title.

Freshman Dalethia Johnson was the champion in the 400 meter dash with a time of 63.16.

They also got a victory in the field with senior Rikki Allen, soaring over 9-feet for the pole vault crown.

Along with their individual wins, Ferry also captured four of the five relay events.

The quartet of Tyesha Allen, Rikki Allen, Ashley Griffith and Nikki Allen posted a 67.64 to win the shuttles to ignite the Purple attack.

Senior Talyr Jenkins ran past a Dayton Dunbar sprinter in the final 50 meters to anchor the Ferry 4×1 to a 52.24 and the gold. She was joined on the team by Sarah Applegarth, Griffith and Malyah Coleman.

Just a short time prior to the 4×1, the same foursome ran a 1:50.54 to win the 800 relay.

Ferry capped its title when the team of Truchan, Lauren Bennett, Applegarth and Johnson turned in a 4:27.07 for the crown.

Fueled by their young and talented distance contingent, Bellaire had a very strong showing.

The Sisters Stoner – Danielle and Taylor – posted victories in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Danielle won the longer race in 13:24.22 and Taylor captured the 1600 in 5:51.55.

The Big Reds’ foursome of Stoner, Stoner, Shaye Beckett and Rylie Purtiman teamed for an 11:17.79 to win the 4×800.

Barnesville’s lone winner was sophomore Shayla Markovich in the shot put, with a mark of 33-ft-7.

Shadyside’s Logen Johnson claimed the long jump with a mark of 14-ft-2 1/4. Buckeye Trail’s Emily Hastings cleared 4-ft-9 for the high jump title.

Bishop Donahue’s Elaysia Hill won the 100 in 13.40.

The Ferry boys opted to focus their sprinters on their relays and it proved to be well worth it as the Riders swept the three short team races.

The quartet of Brian Styles, Jack Fitch, Andew Watts and Hunter Hill joined speed forces for all three races and left with gold yet again. They posted a 44.34 in the 4×1, 1:31.40 in the 4×2 and 3:33.11 in the 4×4. In the final race, Watts turned in a brilliant anchor leg to run past Cleveland Central Catholic.

Ferry’s relays success isn’t limited to the sprint races. The team of Jacob Bishop, Raven Schrader, Jeffrey Lucas and Kevin Simpson turned in a 8:43.85 for the 4×8 win.

Bellaire’s Cody LaRoche won the shot put title. He launched the iron ball to a mark of 47-8 1/2.

Barnesville’s Daniel Brown won the pole vault at 10-ft-3.

Steubenville’s Ja’Quan Lavender claimed the 400 meter dash title in 50.31.