While East Canton proved to be dominant in the Inter-Valley boys track and field meet, the IVC conference battle for supremacy on the girls side was extremely exciting as no less than five teams accumulated plenty of points to put the outcome in doubt.
In the end Tusky Valley rang up 119 points, defeating runner-up Indian Valley with 88.5. Malvern finished third with 88, Garaway fourth with 77 and Ridgewood fifth with 76, all having tremendous showings.
Tusky Valley got what were considered almost automatic points with standout All-Ohioan Madi DeBos, who won both the 1600 and 3200. Her 5:24 in the 1600 was 11 seconds better than runner-up Brittney Roth of Indian Valley, and DeBos ran an 11:58.32 in the 3200 but got a bit of a challenge from Garaway’s Jocelyn Miller, who continued to drop some serious time as she overcame an injury. She ran a season best at 12:09.96, cutting 20 seconds off of her season PR. Miller also took third in the 1600, where she ran a 5:40.8.
DeBos also joined Trojans teammates Kat Geiser, Kaylyn Lloyd and Hannah Hostetler in winning the 4-by-800 relay, where Garaway’s group of Helena Immel, Lauren Goehring, Lindsay Goehring and Brooke Werker ran fifth in 11:08.13.
For just the second time this season, Garaway’s Carly Jacobs didn’t win the 100-meter hurdles. Jacobs took second in 15.28, finishing second to Lexis Prater of Ridgewood, who fired off a ridiculous 14.78, well below her season PR of 15.08.
Jacobs got back on track in the 300-meter hurdles, where she hasn’t lost all season. The All-Ohioan ran a 46.60, easily defeating runner-up Grace Gottwalt of Ridgewood’s 49.09. TCC’s Regina Gonano took third in 49.51.
In the 100 meters, Malvern standout Zoe Moser bolted to victory in 12.40 to easily top Gottwalt, who took second for Ridgewood in 13.05.
The Lady Pirates garnered a win in the 4-by-200 relay, where they sprinted around the track twice in 1:50.88. The team of Jacobs, Ashton Gerber, Mattie Walter and Sara Beachy fended off Tusky Valley’s Ashley Kinsey, Jadyn Kuykendall, Macey Hicks and Caylin Knows, who ran a 1:52.96. Hiland’s foursome of Brooke Miller, Marissa Somers, Hailey Miller and Nikki Yoder placed sixth in 1:58.86.
Ridgewood’s quartet of Abbey Kellish, Raquel Foster, Gottwalt and Prater tore to first in the 4-by-100 in 51.54, edging out Malvern’s team of Jasmine Goldsworthy, Kelsi Hulit, Lauren Foster and Moser, who ran a 51.76. Garaway’s team of Haley Shutt, Gerber, Lizzy Mullet and Beachy ran fifth in 54.23.
Peyton Olsen got TCC a win in the 400 by churning out a PR-winning time of 1:03.77, just edging out Sandy Valley’s Halie Sciury’s 1:04.02.
In the 400 East Canton’s Brianna Martino ran a winning time of 2:24.34 with Tusky Valley’s Gaiser and Hostetler taking second and third in 2:25.93 and 2:32.78, respectively. Garaway’s Immel placed fourth in 2:39.29.
Malvern’s Moser came in a heavy favorite in the 200 and did not disappoint, flying to victory in 25.41, easily moving past Ridgewood’s Prater, who finished in 26.86. Hiland’s Somers took eighth in 28.37.
Garaway took the final race of the day, winning the 4-by-400 in 4:19.60, well below its season best time by six seconds. Jacobs, Walter, Shutt and Beachy teamed up to win that event, getting by runner-up Tusky Valley’s team of Kennedy Willis, Lexie Engstrom, Hostetler and Gaiser, who ran a 4:22.31.
Kelsi Hulit of Malvern, a multiple state-qualifier, captured the title in the discus with a throw of 125-03, winning that event by 20 feet over runner-up Kelci Martin of Indian Valley. Tusky Valley’s Taylor Haarman was third at 105-03 while Garaway’s Makayla Miller was fourth at 103-01.
Kitanna Rakeshaw won the high jump at 5-01, an inch better than runner-up Jasmine Goldsworthy of Malvern, while Ridgewood took the top two spots in the long jump. Prater won with an impressive effort of 17-04 while teammate Abbey Kellish jumped 15-11.25.
The shot title went to Indian Valley’s Ashton Warner, who chucked up a winning toss of 39-01.75. Her closest competitor was Malvern’s Hulit, whose throw of 35-08.5 was well ahead of the rest of the field.
Emily Paden was able to fend off DeBos in the pole vault, her winning jump of 11-04 moving well beyond DeBos’ 10-06. No other competitor cleared more than 9-00 with one of those finishers being Garaway’s Emma Warkall.