BYESVILLE - The Martins Ferry Purple Riders girls track team spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons in Division III.
The returned to Division II this season and left Meadowbrook High School with yet another piece of hardware.
Coach Rich Materkoski's squad tallied 67 points to finish in a distant tie for second with Morgan, trailing only John Glenn.
More importantly, however, than the trophy, the Riders and several other area teams qualified extremely well to the regional and kept the hopes of an OHSAA State Championship alive.
The regional opens Thursday afternoon at Muskingum University in New Cord.
Martins Ferry won just one event during the course of the 17-event meet and it was on Thursday. Senior Rikki Allen captured the pole vault, soaring over 9-3.
Jamie Truchan was the runnerup in the 1,600 meters. She ran four laps in 5:34.71 to advance.
The Purple Riders were strong in the relays, qualifying in both the 4x2 and 4x4.
In the 4x2, the team of Sarah Applegarth, Ashley Griffith, Malyah Coleman and Talyr Jenkins posted a 1:48.47 for the silver medal.
The 4x4 team of Truchan, Dalethia Johnson, Lauren Bennett and Sarah Applegarth posted a 4:15.96 to earn a bronze medal.
Senior Nikki Allen was fourth in the high hurdles, skimming 10 timbers in 16.52.
Sophomore Tyesha Allen qualified fourth in the 300 low hurdles, running a 48.09.
Johnson was third in the 400 with a 61.93. Freshman Candace Kendzierski was third in the shot put with a throw of 34-4.
Steubenville once again put forth a nice showing. The Big Red girls were fourth overall with 65 points.
Big Red was led by sophomore Elise Watts. She won the long jump with a mark of 17-1 1/2. She was also second in the high hurdles at 15.48.
Steubenville posted arguably the most impressive victory of the day when the team of Watts, Kira Newburn, Knisha Sanders and Lysiah Rice blitzed the 4x2 field for the victory in a time of 1:45.79. The Big Red time was nearly three full seconds ahead of Martins Ferry.
Rice was third in both the 100 (12.74) and 200 (26.48). Big Red's 4x1 team was fourth in 51.50.