Track athletes fare well in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The St. Clairsville Porterfield Invitational is still a relatively new meet.

However, some impressive marks have been posted in the brief three-year history.

The fourth annual meet was held at Red Devil Stadium Friday night with no fewer than 12 records broken during the course of the 34 events contested.

In the team races, Dresden Tri-Valley’s boys coasted to the victory with 129 points, while the Thornville Sheridan girls prevailed with 116 points.

The host Red Devils were the highest finishing area team. Both the St. C. boys and girls finished third. The Red Devil boys finished with 87 points, while the girls tallied 85.5.

St. Clairsville’s boys were led by senior speedster Jaylon Brown. The Youngstown State football signee set two of the meet records himself.

He turned in a stadium record time of 10.88 in winning the 100 meter dash, despite wearing a knee brace due to an injury he sustained in football. A short-time later, he came back to win the 200 meter dash in a meet-record clocking of 22.55.

Steubenville finished fourth in the team standings. Big Red claimed two individual titles in the meet.

Senior JaQuan Lavender continued his early domination in the 400 meter dash. He posted a meet-record time of 50.16. He broke his own mark by nearly a full second.

Senior Joey Nodianos won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.57, edging his teammate, Oko Anyabwile.

Martins Ferry, which was coming off its victory at its own meet on Tuesday, opted not to run its full lineup. It did, however, focus on the relays.

The Purple Riders’ talented and speedy foursome of Brian Styles, Hunter Hill, Andrew Watts and Jack Fitch teamed twice for victories. The foursome posted a 44.30 to set a meet record in the 4×1 and had earlier posted a 1:32.60, despite a bad handoff, to establish a new standard in the 4×2.

The Riders’ third victory came in the intermediate hurdles. Fitch continued his fine early season by skimming eight timbers in 41.99 for the title.

Union Local’s Austin Kemp completed a strong week in the pole vault. He soared over 13-feet for the victory.

River junior Brok Cross got the first victory of the meet when he captured the high jump at 5-10.

Steubenville Catholic Central freshman Joey Schlich ran 3200 meters in 10:23.23 for the gold.

For the girls, St. Clairsville received another brilliant performance from senior Ayla Stewart.

Stewart captured the meet’s high-point award on the track thanks to a sprint sweep. She clocked a 12.73 to win the 100 with a new meet record and then notched a 26.88 for the title in the 200.

She also anchored the winning 4×1 in a time of 51.81. She joined speed forces with Hannah Jordan, Kennady Walker and Mechenzie Wood for the crown.

Steubenville Catholic Central finished fourth in the meet as a team. The Lady Crusaders were led by sophomore Kara Kakascik, who set a meet mark in the 400 with a time of 61.39.

The Steubenville CC team of Jordan Wood, Monica Rigaud, Taylor Bednar and Kakascik ran a solid 4:18.67 for the victory in the 4×4.

Martins Ferry claimed an individual title in the 800 meter run. Junior Jamie Truchan ran two laps in 2:31.31 for the title.

The Lady Riders foursome of Sarah Applegarth, Dalethia Johnson, Malyah Coleman and Talyr Jenkins posted a 1:50.33 to win the 800 relay.

Bellaire’s youthful distance corp posted two victories for the Big Reds, who were making their first appearance at the Porterfield.

Freshman Taylor Stoner was a wire-to-wire leader in the 1600 meter run, posting a 5:45.81.

The team of Danielle Stoner, Taylor Stoner, Shaye Beckett and Rylie Purtiman ran a 10:55.52 for the top prize in the 4×8.

Steubenville’s lone winner was Elise Watts. She captured the long jump with a mark of 17-.

Tri-Valley’s Kaylee Antill became the first winner of the Alyssa Robinson Shot Put Award. She claimed the iron-ball event with a mark of 44-3. The Robinson award recognizes St. C.’s two-time state champion, who is currently a Penn State Nittany Lion.