Braymer's Lady ‘Cats and Hardin-Central's Bulldogs captured the respective team championships in a 13-schools high school track-and-field meet hosted by Southwest Livingston R-1 School of Ludlow at Chillicothe's Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium last Friday.
The Braymer girls won a 3-teams battle with Hardin-Central and South-west Livingston by a relatively-comfortable margin. The Lady ‘Cats totaled 122 team points, Hardin-Central 101-1⁄2 and Southwest Livingston 100-1⁄2.
In the boys' division, Hardin-Central was an overwhelmingly-dominant champion, racking up 195 team points to runnerup Meadville's 75. Southwest Livingston and Braymer tied for third with 65.
In the girls' competition, there was one quadruple winner – Samantha Fulte of Orrick in the high and low hurdles and long and triple jumps. Three others – Beth Milligan of Braymer in the 1,600- and 3,200-meters runs, former Stet standout, now at Hardin-Central, Macy Foster in the 100- and 200-meters dashes, and Madison Endsley of Orrick in the shot put and discus throws – won a pair of events each.
Among the boys, fleet Dominick Fleeks of Stewartsville, who competed in the recent Chillicothe Joe Shy Relays on the same track, won the 100- and 400-meters dashes and 800-meters run to lead the individual showings. Hank Bowers of Hardin-Central took both hurdles races.
Southwest Livingston's squads won the 400- and 800-meters relays and its 3,200-meters squad was second. Braymer won the girls' 3,200 relay and Meadville was second in the distaff 1,600 relay. In the boys' competition, Meadville won the 400- and 1,600-meters relays and was second in the 3,200. Braymer's boys took first in the 400 relay.
Among immediate C-T-area schools' athletes who finished either first or second in the competition held on a chilly day in Chillicothe, Stephanie Summerville of Braymer – a graduate of Bishop Hogan Memorial School in Chillicothe – won the girls' 400 (1:06) and was second in the 200 to help carry the Lady ’Cats to their title.
Another Braymer girl, Mallory Hughson won the 800-meters run (2:42.8), while Madison Mallory was second in the 100.
For Southwest Livingston, 2011 Class 1 state high jump champion Sydnee Rounkles won that event (4'8") and was second in the high hurdles, while teammate Maritza Chavez took second in the low hurdles.
Meadville's girls had one individual top-2 finisher – Haley Fitzpatrick in the shot put.
The boys' meet's C-T-area winners included Southwest Livingston's Ethan Crowe prevailing in the discus throw (130'4") and Braymer's Dillan Hall capturing the shot put (41'5") and Juan Brandon claiming the triple jump (36'4").
Among runnersup from nearby area schools were John Anderson of Southwest Livingston behind his teammate in the discus, Mason Kiehl of Meadville in both hurdles races, and Wade Phillips of Braymer in the high jump.
With eight of the nine Carroll-Livingston Activity Association schools (all except Bosworth) participating, last Friday's meet was something of a prelude to and dry run for the annual CLAA conference meet which will take place at the same site – Litton Stadium – a week from today (Wednesday, April 24). That meet, long run at the old Litton Stadium, returns after a 3-years absence to Chillicothe, thanks to the erection of the new stadium complex which includes an 8-lane track. It was held at Brookfield's 8-lane track from 2010-12.
Page 2 of 2 - The new Litton Stadium also will be the site for this year's Class 1 District 6 meet hosted by Princeton. Most area small schools are assigned to that meet, from which top-4 finishers will advance to a sectional meet at Boonville.
The District 6 meet has been held at Trenton the last few years.
Last Friday's Southwest Invitational meet in Chillicothe also included junior-high divisions. The team champions in those were the same as in the high school division – Braymer's girls and Hardin-Central's boys.