For the fourth consecutive year, Loudonvile's girls track team captured the Mid-Buckeye Conference track meet with the Redbird boys closing with a runner-up finish.
The girls totaled 177 points to outdistance runner-up Lucas (121.5) and the rest of the field in Mansfield St. Peter's (114.5), Mansfield Christian, (83), Danville (64) and Crestline (51).
Lucas won the boys side with 187 points over Loudonville (142), followed by Crestline (110), Mansfield Christian (74), Mansfield St. Peter's (61) and Danville (36).
"I feel like my girls performed very well as a team and a lot of girls really stepped up today and performed at their peak," said Loudonville girls track coach Casey Garver. "Stephanie Kline had a lot of PR's in both of her hurdle events (1st in 300 hurdles at 48.04, 2nd in 100 meters at 16.73), and really stepped it up for us in the hurdles and then in the 200 (3rd, 28.18).
"Cora Forbes placed first in the high jump (4 feet-8 inches) and placed second in pole vault (7-0, behind Loudonville's Ashlynn Beachler's 7-06) and this is her first actual meet pole vaulting for us and hopefully, we make sure we can keep working with her on her jumps and she'll continue to improve," Garver added. "Nikki (Weber) also did well for us today. She got a first (in the shot put at 32-9) and a third (in the discus at 90-8 1/2) and hopefully, that's a good motivational step for next week."
Loudonville's Emily Weber finished second in the long jump at 16-5 1/2 with teammate Carolyn Glaser in fourth at 13-9 1/2. McKenna Hagerty went third in the shot put at 30-11 for the Redbirds and third in the high jump at 4-8. Loudonville's Carrie Lance finished fourth in the discus at 90-1/2.
In the distance events, Loudonville's Emma Hinkle got second in the 1,600 at 5:36.20 with teammate Rylie Weber in fourth (6:25:16). Hinkle place second in the 3,200 at 12:20.04 with teammate Olivia MacQueen fourth at 14:14.02. MacQueen also finished third in the 800 at 2:53.89 with teammate Liz Henley fifth at 3:03.16.
Loudonville's 4x800 relay of MacQueen, Rylie Weber, Henley and Hinkle ended runner-up with a timing of 11:28.26 with the Redbird quartet of Forbes, Henley, Nikki Weber and Glaser also finishing second in the 4x200 at 2:00:56.
The 4x100 relay team of Loudonville's Kline, Glaser, Nikki Weber and Emily Weber took second at 53.17, and the 4x400 team of Loudonviile's Forbes, Henley, Grace Scarberry and Rylie Weber took third in 4:54.74.
"Emma Hinkle did very well in her distance events and there was good competition for her in the distance events and mentally it gets her prepared for next week," Garver said. "We just need to tweak a couple of things for next week and we're going to have the girls focused moreso on their main events, so hopefully they can move on and compete in regionals."
Loudonville boys track coach Samantha Edington says she was mildly disappointed with her team's efforts, as the boys had hoped to compete for the title. LHS was missing a few members due to baseball commitments.
"But other than that, Kyle Clady got first place in shot and PR'd with that 46-06.5. He threw 125-02 and just lost discus by the other competitor's last throw but he really pulled out strong for our team today," Edington said.
Also performing exceptionally for the Redbirds was senior Shawn Swindell, who leaped 19-6 to capture the long jump with teammate Colton Quick fifth at 17-4 1/2. Swindell also closed in third in the high jump at 5-6 with teammate Justin Pryor fourth at 5-4.
"Shawn does a phenomenal job with his jumps and we're really grateful to have him on our team," said Edington. "But it was a really big bummer that we lost because we were really fighting to go for first place this year because we were only a few points behind last year."
The Loudonville boys 4x800 relay team of Jacob Baumberger, Cole Kirkbride, Harley Young and Anthony Cawrse ran to a runner-up best of 9:48.49, as did the 4x200 team of Tomas Sanchez, Mike Serrato, Jayson Mitchell and Pryor in 1:39.17. The 4x100 relay of Sanchez, Pryor, Quick and Mitchell took third place with a clocking of 4:03.33.
A third-place finish for Loudonville came in the 1,600 for Cawrse (5:36.03) with Baumberger in fourth (5:34.71). Sanchez closed in third in the 400 at 54.67 with Cawrse fourth in the 800 meters at 2:23.82. Young leaped 8-6, good for third in the pole vault with Cody Morris in fourth at 8-0.
Mitchell took fourth in the 100 (12.05) with Quick fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.47), followed by Russell Gebhart, who was fifth at 51.13 and also fifth in the 110 hurdles at 23.24. Kirkbride went fourth in the 3,200 at 13:05.38 with Seth Rhodes fifth at 13:22.56.
"I think this is a good eye-opener for our kids as to next week," Edington said. "I have high hopes for Kyle Clady at districts and if he has a really good day in shot or discus, he could possibly go to regionals. And Shawn Swindell as well. I really hope they buckle down and put their feet to the ground and really pull it out for us."