Squaws second at Jay Co. meet

    PORTLAND—A co-ed triangular track meet between Adams Central, Bellmont and Jay County found the Jets capturing a tight boys meet while Jay County earned a decisive win in the girls encounter.
    Adams Central boys dominated the field events winning three of the four events staged there and notched 58 points to nose out second place Jay County with 55. Bellmont was a close third with 43 markers.
    The Jets won eight of the 15 events including double victories by Shawn Reinhard in the long jump (18’6 3/4) and the 110 high hurdles (:16.9). Troy Tonner handled the competition in the discus and shot put with tosses of 138’3 1/2 and 43’5 respectively. Kyle Fawcett also earned two blue ribbons for AC going 5:03 in the 1,600 and 2:15.8 in the 800 run.
    Adams Central also swept the 1,600 relay in 3:44.8 and the 400 dash  in :55.0.
    Jay Count won four events while the Braves earned three first place finishes. For Bellmont,  Nate Sheneman  took the 200  dash in :24.9, Evan Boucher won the 3,200 race by over a minute and a half with a 10:48 posting, and Tyler Korte topped the 100 dash field with a :12.2 finish. Jay County took first in the 3,200 and 400 relay with times of 9:13 and :46.8 while Cash won the 300 hurdles in :44.3 and Price snared the high jump at 5’10.
    Price’s win was the only field event to escape the AC clutches.
    Adams Central built up its lead with first place finishes getting 40 of their 58 points in those events. They had only two second place ribbons while they gained  five thirds to take the meet.
    Bellmont took third in all three relays  while those earning thirds were Boucher in the 1,600, Eric Hirschy in the 400, Michael Braun in the 800, Zac Torrey in the 200, and Derek Schultz in  the discus. For Adams Central Reinhard was second in the 300 hurdles and Blake was second in the long jump. In third for AC were Ethan Walburn in the 110 and 300 hurdles, the 400 relay team,  Snider in the shot put and  Yoder in the 3,200.
    The Squaws won eight of the 15 events but the Jay County depth allowed the Patriots to take the meet with 10 second place finishes, nine thirds, and three fourths.
    Bellmont again had outstanding performances from its youngsters with freshman Bailee Hankenson nailing down four blue ribbons, twin sister Holly earned three firsts, and sophomore Alexis Harvey won four events.
    Bailee won the 400 dash in 1:04, went 5’0 in the high jump, and was on both the winning 400 and 1,600 relay squads. Holly joined her sister in the  1,600 relay team and won the 100 hurdles in :16.8 and the 300 sticks in :50.9.
    “Alexis dominated her sprint events,” pointed out coach Carl Risch, adding the sprinter won the 100 dash by over one second and the 200 by almost two full seconds.”
    “Bailee had a really nice 400 run. She normally doesn’t run the lower dashes but Jay County doesn’t have a pole vault pit so we penciled her in that event (400) and she won. Holly was equally dominating in the hurdles races winning with comfortable leads in both races,” said Risch.
    Emily Pierce was a member of the winning 400 relay team and Megan Schueler ran a split in the 1,600 relay race for the Squaws.
    Adams Central coach Bart Lehman said he was happy with the way his young team participated and emphasized the Jets had over 20 personal best efforts.
    “We ran as well as we good and I was pleased with their effort,” Lehman concluded.
    Bellmont had Amanda Noonan go 14:20.32 in the 3200 race for a PB and a third place finish for the Squaws. Jess Brewer anchored the 4 x 800 relay to a season best effort which was  good for second.  Emily Osheskie earned a third and four for Bellmont in the shot put and a fourth in the discus and Sarah Garner had a season best in the 1,600 at 5:58.0 for third.