After coming in second at the SCOL meet, snapping a string of six consecutive league titles, the Washington Lady Blue Lion track team set its collective mind on beating every team in the Southeast District and that’s exactly what they did Saturday at Washington High School.
The Lady Lions captured their sixth District championship in the last 13 seasons under head coach Louis Reid, outpacing last year’s winning team, Zane Trace, 106 to 99.
McClain girls tied for fifth place with 48 points and Miami Trace’s Lady Panthers were 11th with 33 points.
Washington won District titles in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200-meter relays, as well as the 400-meter dash.
A quartet of seniors, Alexis Gray, Holly Inskeep, Haley Petitt and Megan Mullins, won the 4 x 200-meter relay with a time of 1:49.15.
Inskeep, Mullins, Petitt and another senior, Maria Wilson, combined to win the 4 x 100-meter relay in 53.00.
Gray won the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.52.
Washington had three second place results.
Gray was second in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:23.04.
Garrison, Gray, Mullins and Petitt were second in the 4 x 400-meter relay with a time of 4:19.02.
Freshman Megan Downing took second in the pole vault at 9’ 0”.
Maria Wilson placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.87.
Holly Inskeep took third in the finals of the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.45.
Megan Mullins placed third in the long jump at 16’ 8”.
Inskeep was fourth in the 100-meter dash in 13.17. Petitt narrowly missed qualifying to the Regionals with a fifth-place time of 13.35.
Sophomore Maddy Garrison placed fourth in the 1600-meter run in 5:33.52.
Washington had a total of seven student-athletes who qualified to the Regionals in 11 different events; three of the four relays, three field events and everything from the 100 through the 1600-meter races.
“We needed some things to go right for us to win the District title,” Reid said. “I think Zane Trace was the heavy favorite. We had some things go right for us; we needed some help in winning the District title.
“A lot of things go into it,” Reid said. “You have to hope that all of your kids do as expected, or even place a little bit better.
“Zane Trace is a well-rounded team,” Reid said. “Their coach does a fantastic job.”
Zane Trace did not score in the 4 x 200-meter relay and that gave Washington some breathing room.
“Our girls were really focused on winning a District title,” Reid said. “They were a little let-down, a little upset after (placing second) at league. I believe it was 2009, the girls placed second at the league meet to London. Then, they blew everyone away at the District meet. We talked about that.
“We’re double digits in numbers, as far as the number of events we qualified for at the Regional,” Reid said. “Now we’re going to focus on being in the top four at the Regional and getting as many girls as we can to State.
“This senior class has done its part,” Reid said. “You’re only as good as your senior leadership. All of our seniors scored points at the meet. I’m really happy with the group. Our coaching staff did a great job of preparing our kids.”
The Washington Blue Lions had two fifth place finishes.
Sophomore Brandon Underwood was fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.66, less than one second out of fourth place.
Junior Levi Davis was fifth in the pole vault at 11’ 6”.
The Miami Trace Panthers track team had success at the District meet, coming away with four District champions.
Sophomore Katie Seyfang won the District shot put event on Tuesday with a best throw of 38’ 7”.
On Saturday, Seyfang placed second in the discus throw to qualify to Regionals with a best throw of 119’ 2”.
On Saturday, Panthers junior Drake Litteral proved he is the top flight sprinter, winning the 200-meter dash District title in a time of 22.67.
Litteral, along with juniors Elijah Sauceda and Tyrae Pettiford and sophomore Noah Wiseman, won the District 4 x 200-meter relay.
Pettiford also won the District 400-meter dash in a time of 51.01.
Miami Trace freshman Macy Creamer also qualified to the Regionals with a fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles in 50.42.
Freshman Tori Morrison placed fourth in the high jump on Tuesday to qualify to the Regionals. Her best jump: 4’ 10”.
“It was a real good District meet for us,” Miami Trace head coach Brent Noes said. “I’m very pleased with having four District champions. Our athletes have been working very hard and they deserve these kinds of rewards.
“I was extremely pleased with both the boys and the girls teams today,” Noes said. “Everybody competed really well. We had our best times of the year in the running events and some best throws of the year in our throwing events. It was an all-around great day for the Panthers.”
Washington and Miami Trace girls results from the 2016 District meet
4 x 800-meter relay – Washington, 5th, 10:43.23 (Maddy Garrison, Kirsten List, Alexa Harris, Maria Pickerill); Miami Trace, 8th, 11:45.66 (Julia Barrett, Abby Riley, Anna Pfeifer, Tori Evans)
100-meter hurdles – Maria Wilson, W, 3rd, 16.87; Macy Creamer, MT, 10th, 18.08; Raven Haithcock, W, 12th, 18.74
100-meter dash – Holly Inskeep, W, 4th, 13.17; Haley Petitt, W, 5th, 13.35; Rebecca Hekathorn, MT, 18th, 15.28; Deyonna Branshaw, Mt, 19th, 15.52
4 x 200-meter relay – Washington, 1st, 1:49.15 (Alexis Gray, Holly Inskeep, Haley Petitt, Megan Mullins; Miami Trace, 9th, 1:56.18 (Laralyn LeBeau, Tori Morrison, Macey Stires, Alexis Smith)
1600-meter run – Maddy Garrison, W, 4th, 5:33.52; Kirsten List, W 9th, 6:15.72
4 x 100-meter relay – Washington, 1st, 53.00 (Holly Inskeep, Megan Mullins, Haley Petitt, Maria Wilson); Miami Trace, 6th, 54.92 (Macy Creamer, Olivia Flerchinger,
Laralyn LeBeau, Alexis Smith)
400-meter dash – Alexis Gray, W, 1st, 58.52; Kynzie Osborne, W, 11th, 1:06.45
300-meter hurdles – Macy Creamer, MT, 4th, 50.42; Raven Haithcock, W, 5th, 51.59; Maria Pickerill, W, 9th, 53.01; Morgan Miller, MT, 18th, 1:00.70
800-meter run – Alexis Gray, W, 2nd, 2:23.04; Alexa Harris, W, 13th, 2:49.40
200-meter dash – Holly Inskeep, W, 3rd, 27.45; Jaelyn Mason, W, 12th, 28.93; Deyonna Branshaw, MT, 21st, 32.56; Rebecca Hekathorn, MT, 22nd, 32.99;
3200-meter run – Kristen List, W, 7th, 13:56.84
4 x 400-meter relay – Washington, 2nd, 4:19.02 (Maddy Garrison, Alexis Gray, Megan Mullins, Haley Petitt; Miami Trace, 9th, 4:52.97 (Morgan Miller, Abby Riley, Olivia Flerchinger, Laralyn LeBeau)
High jump – Tori Morrison, Mt, 4th, 4’ 10”; Maria Wilson, W, 5th, 4’ 10”; Savanna Davis, W, 7th, 4’ 8”; Macey Stires, MT, 8th, 4’ 8”
Long jump – Megan Mullins, W, 3rd, 16’ 8”; Savanna Davis, W, 9th, 14’ 6”; Laralyn LeBeau, MT, 21st, 12’ 8 1/2”
Discus throw – Katie Seyfang, MT, 2nd, 119’ 2”; Taylor Smith, W, tied 11th, 81’ 8”; Gretchen Ivers, MT, tied 16th, 76’ 3”; Trinity Ragland, W, 20th, 65’ 9”
Shot put – Katie Seyfang, MT, 1st, 38’ 7”; Taylor Smith, W, 10th, 29’ 10 1/2”; Gretchen Ivers,MT, 18th, 25’ 10”; Trinity Ragland, W, 19th, 24’ 11”
Pole vault – Megan Downing, W, 2nd, 9’ 0”; Jaelyn Mason, W, 5th, 8’ 6”
Girls team scores – Washington, 1st, 106; Zane Trace, 2nd, 99; Unioto, 3rd, 71; Circleville, 4th, 56; Westfall, tied 5th, 48; McClain, tied 5th, 48; Waverly, 7th, 44; Logan Elm, 8th, 42; Jackson, 9th, 37; Wheelersburg, 10th, 34; Miami Trace, 11th, 33; McDermott Northwest, 12th, 19; Piketon, 13th, 18; West Union, 14th, 5
Miami Trace and Washington boys results from the 2016 District meet
4 x 800-meter relay – Washington, 10th, 9:15.57 (Brandon Underwood, Josh Trimmer, Chris Conger, Branton Mitchell); Miami Trace, 14th, 9:54.35 (Jake Atwood, Jothem Lewis, August Langley, Josh Holmes
110-meter hurdles – Jonah Meehan, MT, 7th, 18.11
100-meter dash – Devin Bainter, MT, 19th, 12.58; Ethan Smith, W, 22nd, 12.90; Jacob Rice, W, 24th, 13.01
4 x 200-meter relay – Miami Trace, 1st, 1:32.79 (Drake Litteral, Elijah Sauceda, Tyrae Pettiford, Noah Wiseman); Washington, dq
1600-meter run – Jake Atwood, MT, 10th, 5:05.80; Lee Shaffer, W, 18th, 5:48.11
4 x 100-meter relay – Miami Trace, 10th, 47.43 (Devin Bainter, Malik Jackson, Corey Olley, Elijah Sauceda); Washington, 12th, 48.81 (Jacob Rice, Jerry Knapp, Hunter Sever, Caleb Rice)
400-meter dash – Tyrae Pettiford, MT, 1st, 51.01; Josh Trimmer, W, 13th, 59.04; Caden Smith, W, 16th, 1:02.55
300-meter hurdles – Justin Reed, W, 10th, 46.70; Joseph Meehan, W, 19th, 50.06; Hunter Sever, W, 20th, 50.07
800-meter run – Brandon Underwood, W, 5th, 2:03.66; Branton Mitchell, W, 20th, 2:22.25; Jothem Lewis, MT, 23th, 2:27.34
200-meter dash – Drake Litteral, MT, 1st, 22.67; Jerry Knapp, W, 18th, 25.22; Ethan Smith, W, 19th, 26.01
3200-meter run – Blake Pittser, MT, 6th, 10:25.79; Chris Conger, W, 15th, 11:31.95; August Langley, MT, 19th, 11:54.69; Connor Lane, W, 21st, 12:26.33
4 x 400-meter relay – Miami Trace, 8th, 3:50.98 (Tyrae Pettiford, Noah Wiseman, Jonah Meehan, Jake Atwood); Washington, 12th, 3:57.78 (Brandon Underwood, Josh Trimmer, Jerry Knapp, Branton Mitchell)
High jump – Wyatt Cory, MT, 15th, 5’ 4”
Long jump – Devin Bainter, MT, 12th, 18’ 5 1/2”; Corey Olley, MT, 20th, 17’ 6”
Discus throw – Wes Seyfang, MT, 6th, 124’ 0”; Trevor Hicks, W, 15th, 108’ 5”; Brad Mossbarger, MT, 18th, 107’ 1”; Mason McCane, W, 22nd, 94’ 10”
Shot put – Wes Seyfang, MT, 11th, 38’ 2”; Brad Mossbarger, MT, 12th, 37’ 3”
Pole vault – Levi Davis, W, 5th, 11’ 6”; Hunter Sever, W, 6th, 11’ 6”; Jacob Haldeman, MT, tied 9th, 10’ 0”; Wyatt Cory, MT, tied 9th, 10’ 0”
Boys team scores – Circleville, 1st, 109; Unioto, 2nd, 87; Waverly, 3rd, 83.5; Logan Elm, 4th, 73; Minford, 5th, 59; McClain, 6th, 53.5; Zane Trace, 7th, 46; Hillsboro, 8th, 45; Miami Trace, 9th, 39; Jackson, 10th, 33; Portsmouth, 11th, 14; Washington, 12th, 11; Portsmouth West, 13th, 4; McDermott Northwest, 14th, 3
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