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IVC proves to be a tough place to compete during league track and field meet

Garaway's Sara Beachy

Garaway and Hiland each competed in the annual Inter-Valley Conference track and field conference meet on Saturday, May 11 at Newcomerstown High School, where both teams had plenty of podium action going on.

On the girls’ side, Tusky Valley ran away and hit, roasting the rest of the field with a whopping 136 points. Indian Valley placed second with 102.5 with Ridgewood third at 76 and Malvern fourth with 70. Garaway eased into fifth with 54, a mere half-point ahead of East Canton. Hiland ended up 13th in the 14-team field.

On the boys’ side of the ledger, state power East Canton won with ease, scoring 125 points to pull away from runner-up Ridgewood at 96.5. Claymont (86), Indian Valley (72), Garaway (56), Tusky Valley (49.5) and Hiland (46) rounded out the top seven in a field of 13 teams.

In the girls’ meet, Tusky Valley kick-started its victory in the opening event, the 4-by-800 relay, where it won in 10:22.39. Garaway’s team of Helena Immel, Lauren Goehring, Hailey Troyer and Brooke Werker placed fourth in 10:58.7.

Garaway posted the fastest time in the 4-by-400 relay, where the team of Kallie Regula, Sara Beachy, Ashton Gerber and Carly Jacobs ran a 4:18.04, two seconds ahead of runner-up Malvern.

Nobody in the stadium was shocked to see Ridgewood’s Alexis Prater and Garaway Carly Jacobs duke it out for the top spot in the 100-meter hurdles. The two All-Ohio training mates went to the wire, where Prater won in 14.86, and Jacobs finished second in 15.18.

Another All-Ohioan, Zoe Moser of Malvern roared to victory in the 100 in 12.54, where Hiland’s Brooke Miller just failed to score, placing ninth. Moser doubled her pleasure in the 200 meters when she ripped off a time of 26.21, easily trouncing the field. Hiland’s Brooke Miller would earn points, placing seventh in 29.21.

In the 4-by-200 relay, Moser would anchor Malvern’s win in 1:49.59 while Garaway’s quartet of Jacobs, Sara Beachy, Kallie Regula and Ashton Gerber placed fifth in 1:53.47. Hiland’s team of Brooke Miller, Hailey Miller, Sophia Miller and Nikki Yoder finished seventh in 2:01.86.

In the 4-by-100 relay, Lizzie Mullet, Beachy, Page Gerber and Ashton Gerber finished fifth in 54.01, behind Ridgewood’s winning time of 50.77, a race that featured Grace Gottwalt, Raquel Foster, Abbey Kellish and Prater.

Indian Valley’s Shaylee Shepherd won the 400 meters in 1:05.1 while Garaway’s Hailey Troyer placed fifth in 1:06.9.

Jacobs pushed past Grace Gottwalt in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 46.11 to easily win the race and move by runner-up Gottwalt’s time of 49.12. Garaway’s Immel ran a 2:36.92 in the 800 to earn the eighth and final spot on the podium while teammate Arin Frye finished 13th.

In the 3200 meters, Lady Pirate Lauren Goehring placed sixth in her best time of the year in 13:23.24 while teammate Ali Yackey just missed the podium in the discus, placing ninth with a throw of 88-01. Her teammate Mykala Sitzler was 12th. Beachy just missed a podium spot in the high jump, where she cleared 4-04 and finished ninth.

Sitzler came back in the shot and pulled up in fourth place with a throw of 31-06, well behind winner Ashton Warner of Indian Valley, who heaved it 43-03.5. Olivia Young and Mykala Miller placed seventh and ninth, respectively, in the pole vault for Garaway.

In boys’ action East Canton’s core group of Nick Martino, Kyeem Newell-Owens, Landon Demos and Dmetrius Snellenberger won the opening event in a time of 8:34.47, moving past runner-up Garaway’s time of 8:47.21. That team consisted of Julian Shrock, Andrew West, Noah Wentworth and Kristian Stocksdale.

All-Ohioan Zack Love won the 110-meter hurdles in a blistering 15.27 with Claymont’s Devaun Gamble winning the 100 meters in a fast time of 11.39.

Ridgewood won the 4-by-200 relay in 1:31.56 while Garaway placed fifth in 1:36.41 with West, Brendan Chapman, Connar Angel and Ethan Miller carrying the baton. Hiland’s quartet of Genaro Gomez, Kyle Miller, Micah Kuhns and Brayden Gray ran seventh in 1:38.04.

Not surprisingly East Canton All-Ohioan Snelleberger won the 1600 meters in 4:32.62 with Garaway’s Quinten Schwartz placing seventh in 4:56.89. His teammate Geoff Parker placed 11th while Hiland’s Tyler Kuhns was 15th.

Garaway and Hiland ran fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 4-by-100 relay with Garaway’s Lonnie Weaver, Angel, Ethan Miller and West running a 46.47 and Hiland’s group of Micah Kuhns, Declan Howell, Aaron Chupp and Gomez churning out a 46.60.

In the 400 meters, East Canton All-Ohioan Nathan Suntheimer fired off a 51.80 to win it while Garaway’s Chapman was third in 53.30. Hiland’s Nathaniel Yoder placed 11th.

In what was basically a two-man race, Indian Valley’s Zach Love inched past Hiland’s Brayden Gray in the 300-meter hurdles, Love finishing in 40.01 to Gray’s 40.79. Colt Hemphill of East Canton won the 800 meters in 2:01.56 with Hiland’s Tyler Kuhns placing sixth in 2:15.54.

In the 200-meters it would again be Claymont burner Devaun Gamble winning in a lightning time of 23:02, with Hiland’s Gray placing fourth in 23.63.

The Pirates placed well in the 3200, where Julian Shrock’s 9:57.46 and Wentworth’s 10:32.77 were good for second and third behind winner Jackson Triplett of Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s time of 9:51.05.

In the 4-by-400, East Canton won in 3:32.21 with Garaway’s team of Ethan Miller, West, Stocksdale and Chapman placing third in 3:37.64. Hiland ended up eighth with Micah Kuhns, Tyler Kuhns, Nathaniel Yoder and Kyle Miller running a 3:51.84.

In the field events, J.J. Durr of Claymont won the discus with a throw of 149-08 while Garaway’s Mason Steiner placed fourth with a heave of 130-04 and his teammate Austin Miller eighth at 121-07.

The high jump proved to be a bit of an upset, where Hiland’s Declan Howell went 6-02 and snuck past favorite Gavin Schoeneman of East Canton. Lonnie Weaver of Garaway just missed a podium bid, placing ninth and clearing 5-06.

Lonnie Weaver earned a third in the long jump with an effort of 19-01.5 while Hiland’s Howell placed sixth at 18-11.5. The win there went to Sandy Valley’s Kevin Moye, who flew 19-08.25.

Durr doubled up in victory lane in the shot, where he hoisted a winning throw of 51-02.25. Garaway’s Austin Miller finished eighth at 42-02 with teammate Mason Steiner placing 12th.

The Garrettson duo of Hunter and Dylan placed first and second in the pole vault with leaps of 15-06 and 14-06, respectively, while Hiland’s Aaron Chupp placed fifth with a jump of 11-06.

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