BIDWELL — The Athens Bulldogs reigned supreme at the 2019 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division Track and Field Championships.
Both the girls’ and boys’ Bulldog track and field teams won league titles in convincing fashion in a meet that was competed in rainy conditions at River Valley High School.
The girls totaled 175 points to win their 11th league title in a row. Athens has won the league meet in girls track and field every season that it has competed in the TVC.
Vinton County finished second with 93 points.
The boys won with 173 points, ahead of second-place Nelsonville-York’s 119 points.
The Bulldog boys won the TVC-Ohio title for the seventh time in the last eight seasons after Nelsonville-York claimed the team crown a season ago. It was also Athens’ ninth TVC-Ohio title in the last 11 seasons.
Athens’ depth was on display, as it won all eight relay races. The boys’ and girls’ teams combined for 16 first-place finishes.
The Bulldogs even saw a school record topple on Thursday. Senior Olivia Bean won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.18 seconds to set a new Athens High School standard.
It was one of two individual wins for Bean. She also won the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.98 seconds.
Bean was also a runner-up in the long jump, with a best effort of 16 feet, 2.50 inches.
Athens senior Tony Tonkovich set a new school record last week in the 3200. He’s such a versatile athlete that he won two TVC titles on Thursday without even competing in the 3200.
Tonkovich was first in the 800 with a time of 2:01.34, nearly 10 seconds ahead of the field.
Tonkovich also won the 1600 with a time of 4:32.93. He came less than 10 seconds from a TVC record in the event, beating the field by 30 seconds.
Tonkovich was also a member of two first-place relay teams in the 4x800 and 4x400, as he was the male high-point scorer.
Athens had four more individual first-place finishes. Raney Riddlebarger, a freshman, won the 1600 with a time of 5:34.05.
Lauren Abdella was a TVC-Ohio champion in the 400, winning with a time of 1:00.30.
Athens’ Nicole Sammons won the discus throw. Her best effort was 101 feet, 01 inches.
Athens’ Nicole Bean also won the high jump, clearing the bar at 4 feet, 9 inches.
The Bulldogs also came out on top in every relay. The 4x800 teams started the day with victories to give Athens the early leads.
The girls’ 4x800 team of Camilla Hibbard, Sylvie Wilson, Sophia Tenoglia and Riddlebarger won with a time of 10:13.93.
The boys 4x800 winning time was 8:51.45 thanks to the team of Kieran Delach, Moss Conrad, Nicholas Moulton and Tonkovich.
Athens won the girls’ 4x200 relay with a time of 1:54.49. The team consisted of Charlotte Cutright, Emelia Adams, Isabella Tan and Abdella.
The boys’ 4x200 team of Evan Adams, Henry Gerig, Max Strohm and Joey Moore won at 1:35.90.
Athens’ girls team of Tan, Anna Welser, Cutright and Osha Backus were winners in the 4x100 at 53.72 seconds.
The Athens boys’ 4x100 team of Nicholas Hawes, Lane Heller, Ishmael Young and Carey Ament won at 46.18 seconds.
The 4x400 relay teams closed the day with victories for Athens. Adams, Tenoglia, Bailey Zorn and Abdella won the girls’ 4x400 at 4:25.83.
The boys’ team of Gerig, Moore, Strohm and Tonkovich were winners in the 4x400 relay at 3:33.70.
Athens also had plenty of second-place finishers, including Zach Riefler (110 hurdles, 16.70 seconds), Kieran Delach (1600, 5:02.26), Andrew Lewis (400, 53.58), Nich Bohuslawsky (300 hurdles, 44.25), Nicholas Moulton (800, 2:11.12), Osha Backus (200, 27.36), Carey Ament (200, 23.55), Greta Hibbard (3200, 12:21.58), Eric Johnson (3200, 10:37.67) and Trey Harris (high jump, 5 feet, 8 inches).
Third-place finishers for Athens include Osha Backus (100, 13.13), Carey Ament (100, 11.56), Joey Moore (400, 54.36), Trey Harris (300 hurdles, 44.62), Ishmael Young (200, 23.96), Sylvie Wilson (3200, 12:45.70), Walker Evans (3200, 10:41.82), Ava Myers (discus throw, 98 feet, 6 inches), Cordell West (discus throw, 120 feet, 9 inches), Makenna Bruce (shot put, 34 feet, 5.75 inches) and Sarah Deering (pole vault, 7 feet, 8 inches).
Nelsonville-York also had a strong showing with champions in eight events.
Justin Perry had a pair of individual crowns, winning both hurdle events. He was the champion of the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.91 seconds, as well as winning the 300 hurdles at 41.68 seconds.
Keegan Wilburn proved to be the fastest man in the TVC-Ohio, as he won the 100 meter dash. His winning time clocked in at 11.16 seconds.
Ethan Bohyer won the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.26 seconds.
Rece Mohler won the 200 meters for N-Y, posting a time of 23.42 seconds.
Brayden Allen won the high jump for the Buckeyes, clearing 5 feet, 9 inches.
Noah Inboden won the pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 6 inches for N-Y.
Nelsonville-York sophomore Courtnee Heskett was the overall girls’ high-point scorer. She won the 200 meter at 27.12 seconds.
Heskett also took second place in the 100 meters at 13.05 seconds. She was third in the 400 meters at 1:03.44. She also finished third in the long jump at 15 feet, 7 inches.
Alexander had a pair of TVC-Ohio champions in Taylor Meadows and Condy Richardson.
Meadows won the 100 meters in the closest finish of the night. She posted an official time of 13.05 seconds, which was in a virtual dead heat with N-Y’s Heskett.
Meadows final time measured out to 13.042 seconds, compared to 13.044 for Heskett.
Richardson won the 3200 in another close race. His time of 10:28.16 was 9.51 seconds ahead of Athens’ Johnson.
Meigs senior Kassidy Betzing became a four-time champion in the long jump.
She won on Thursday with a best jump of 17 feet, 5.50 inches.
Betzing came just short of her own TVC record of 17 feet, 7.50 inches, which was set a year ago.
Betzing is the most prolific long jumper in the history of the TVC. The previous record was 17 feet, 2 inches set by Trimble’s Taylor Savage in 2011. Betzing, who will join the Ohio University track and field team next year, has beaten that distance each of the last three seasons.
Vinton County’s Rylee Fee won the 3200 at 12:10.69, while the Vikings’ Logan Baker won the shot put at 43 feet, 3 inches.
Other second-place finishers for Nelsonville-York include Madi Campbell (100 hurdles, 16.75), Rece Mohler (100, 11.31), Haley Hurd (shot put, 34 feet, 9 inches), Connor McQuade (shot put, 42 feet, 10.50 inches) and Cade Cantrell (pole vault, 11 feet).
Nelsonville-York’s 4x100 relay team of Perry, Mohler, Brandon Charles and Wilburn finished second at 46.37 seconds.
Nelsonville-York’s 4x200 relay team of Mohler, Bohyer, Charles and Wilburn were third at 1:39.11.
Other third-place finishers for the Buckeyes were Madi Campbell (300 hurdles, 53.45) and Britlyn Call (high jump, 4 feet, 4 inches).
Hanna Cremeans was second in the high jump for Alexander, clearing 4 feet, 8 inches.
Alexander also finished second in three relay races.
The Spartans’ team of Michael Kelly, Elijah Robe, Krestian Robe and Trey Schaller were second in the 4x200 at 1:37.78.
Alexander’s girls’ 4x400 team of Payton Remy, Trinity Jones, Sydnie Bolin and Meadows were second at 4:30.25.
Alexander’s boys’ 4x400 team of Krestian Robe, Richardson, Todd Norris and Elijah Robe were second at 3:44.66.
Alexander’s Libby Lewis, Bryanna Cooper, Beth Rioch and Alexis Queen were third in the 4x800 relay at 11:54.73.
Alexander also had a third-place finish in the girls’ 4x200 relay. Trinity Jones, Emma Ervin, Rachel Richardson and Sydnie Bolin posted a time of 1:58.20.
Alexander’s team of Meadows, Ervin, Richardson and Brylee Jones were also third in the girls’ 4x100 relay with a time of 55.32 seconds.
The Spartans also had third-place finishes from Meadows (200, 27.51) and Abby Schooley (1600, 5:46.96).
The boys’ long jump was not completed due to the weather.
After Athens and Vinton County, River Valley was third in the girls’ team standings with 75 points, followed by Alexander (fourth, 72 points), Nelsonville-York (fifth, 64) and Meigs (sixth, 40 points).
After Athens and Nelsonville-York, River Valley finished third in the boys team standings with 76 points, followed by Vinton County (fourth, 67 points), Alexander (fifth, 40), Meigs (sixth, 12) and Wellston (seventh, 7 total points).