CALCUTTA - The distance runners stole the show.
East Liverpool's Nate Boyer and Beaver Local's Tricia Taggart each won all three individual distance races Thursday at Beaver Local. In the end, the Potters and the Beavers ended up slitting the dual meet.
East Liverpool won the boys meet, 68-59, and Beaver Local won the girls meet, 73-55.
Beaver Local's Jordan Reinke competes in the long jump on Thursday. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
"I was happy with everything overall," Beaver Local boys and girls head coach Joe Carr said. "There was great competition. They are a great group of guys to coach against. The rivalry is fantastic. I was happy with the way our kids stepped up.
"In the 4x800, Mike Houk did an excellent job to pick up the 100 meters that he was behind to pull that out. They are getting to where the need to get."
The Potters and Beavers each won eight events on the boys' side, and three boys won multiple individual events.
For East Liverpool, Boyer won the 800 (2:12.6), the 1600 (4:51.3) and the 3200 (10:46.2) to lead the way. Also for the Potters. Tom Mohney won the 400 (55.7), John Miscuk won the 110 hurdles (20.1) and Shae Long won the high jump (5-08). Finally, Zach English won the long jump (20-04.25).
East Liverpool also finished first in the 4x400 relay (3:47.1).
"We survived. We survived," East Liverpool boys head coach Scott Thronberry said. "We had some guys hurt, but anything can happen when you run out here. It is always a good meet. Both teams are ready to run, and it was a good meet. It was a good hard-fought meet.
"My hat is off to Nate Boyer. He ran all four distance races, and he won the three open races. Zach English had a great night long jumping, and it took everybody on the team to pull this one out."
For Beaver Local, Larry Merriman and Cody Green each won two events to lead the way. Merriman won the 100 (11.8) and the 200 (24.2), and Green won the shot put (38-05.25) and the discus (118-09). Also for the Beavers, Justin Osborne won the 300 hurdles (43.6).
Beaver Local also won three relay races. The Beavers won the 4x100 (47.5), the 4x200 (1:13.1) and the 4x800 (9:20.7).
"I was really impressed with the girls," Carr said. "We had a lot of PR's for this time. Jessica Fair did one of her better long jumps. Of course, I have had a couple of girls battling back and forth at the high jump. Even Garrett Speelman on the boys side, he had a 20-plus long jump.
"The girls stepped it up. East Liverpool always brings top-notch opponents. We stepped up, and we were able to squeak one out there."
The Beaver Local girls won 11 events, and East Liverpool ended up winning five. Three Beaver Local girls also won multiple individual events, and three girls combined to win seven events.
Taggart won the 800 (2:37.7), the 1600 (5:58.8) and the 3200 (13:24.8) to lead the way for the Beavers. Meanwhile, Kami Snow won the 200 (29.6) and the 400 (1:05.9), and Sarah Ridgely won the 100 hurdles (19.70 and the 300 hurdles (56.9).
Also for Beaver Local, Tannar Dalhoun won the high jump (4-06), Jessica Fair won the long jump (15-04.75) and Nevada Dobbs won the shot put (27-03).
Beaver Local also won the 4x2 relay (2:01.1).
Two girls won individual events for the Potters. Mya Messenger won the 100 (14.0), and Alyson Woolmaker won the discus (77-08).
East Liverpool also won three relay races. The Potters won the 4x1 (57.3), the 4x4 (4:46.5) and the 4x8 (11:32.2).
East Liverpool and Beaver Local will meet several more times on the track this season.
"Yeah, we will see them a lot more," Thornberry said. "We aren't giving away an secrets."
The Beaver Local girls are scheduled to return to the track at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Palestine Girls Invitational. Both Beaver teams will compete Thursday at home in a tri-meet against Columbia County rivals Wellsville and Southern Local. East Liverpool's next meet is Thursday at home in a tri with Edison and Crestview.
"We are going to give the kids tomorrow off," Thornberry said. "I hope they have a nice Eatser, and we will get back at it on Monday."