Steubenville wins relays

MARTINS FERRY – For the first time in the short history of the Riesbeck’s Martins Ferry Relays, Mother Nature was more than cooperative.

The results of ideal conditions Tuesday evening resulted in several impressive performances.

However, the most impressive performances lied with the host Lady Purple Riders, who racked up 106 points to outdistance the field, including runner-up Weir, which had 59.

Steubenville Big Red edged out the host Riders by eight for the boys’ title. Steubenville finished with 86 points, while the Purple finished 78 tallies.

The meet is a relay style meet, meaning there are only individual points scored in four events. All of the field events are added up by school to determine the winning team.

Steubenville’s Elise Watts was impressive in winning the 100 meter high hurdles in a time of 16.21.

Steubenville Central’s Michaela Gotta, Kara Kakascik, Hannah Ondus and Monica Rigaud teamed for a solid 4:15.26 to win the 4×4 in a tight race against St. John Central.

The Martins Ferry girls’ squad captured two individual events. Junior speedster Taylor Jenkins won the 100 in 12.91 and frosh standout Tyesha Allen claimed the 300 low hurdles in 49.58.

Shadyside senior standout Tara Tollett prevailed by nearly 10 seconds in the 1600, running 5:29.14, establishing a meet record.

The Big Red boys squad was fueled to its victory by three victories.

Individually, Robert Hayden claimed the 100 meter dash in 11.16.

In the 800 sprint medley, Steubenville used a strong anchor leg by JaQuan Lavender to track down Martins Ferry in the final 400 meters. Lavender was joined by Perrier Coleman, Hayden and Michael Jett. The foursome posted a 1:38.29.

Big Red’s shuttle team of Joey Nodianos, Garon Lytle, Michael Diaz and Oko Anyabwile ran a solid 61.79 to prevail.

The runner-up Riders’ lone victory on the track came in the 4×4 when the solid team of Jack Fitch, Brian Styles, Andrew Watts and Hunter Hill posted a 3:38.32 to prevail.

Harrison Central finished third in the team standings. The Huskies were led by Terrence Lindsey 300 hurdles win in 42.76.

Steubenville Central senior Doug Maslowski put forth the most impressive performance of the evening. He claimed the 110 high hurdles in a meet and stadium record time of 14.28.

The Crusaders’ foursome of John-Paul Dombrowski, Logan Hunt, Isaac Sandford and Anthony Lee teamed to win the 4×8 in 9:08.75.