MORRISTOWN - There was a new team on the track and it made its presence known Saturday at the annual Gloria M. Dawes Memorial Track Invitational at Union Local High School.
Carrollton dominated the meet, which is sponsored by Doan Ford and McDonald's, racking up 173 points for the boys' title and the girls finished with 159 points for the sweep.
Carrollton's 400 relay team received the special plaques for winning the event at the meet. The plaques were handed out in a special ceremony in lane three right in front of the grandstands where the signature of the Class of 2007 Union Local High School graduate honors the Jets' 400 Relay state qualifying team on which Dawes ran the lead-off leg.
Wheeling Central’s Lindsey Baker hurdles in front of River’s Devyn Potts and teammate Bailey Clark.
St. John Central finished second in the girls' rankings winning several golds.
Jessica Alvey placed first in both the 200 and 400 with times of 26.83 and 1.01.3, respectively.
Fallon Doyle won the 800 in a time of 2:27.08 and the Irish's Kaitlyn Santinoceto won the 3,200 in 13:06.61 and finished runner-up in the 1,600 event while Gabrielle Santinoceto was runner up in the discus throw.
Wheeling Central's Lindsey Baker won the 100 hurdles and their shuttler relay team won gold.
St. Johns' Mackenzie Manukin won the high jump, clearing 4-8 to boost their points total.
River placed third in the girls' standings using a top finish by Abby Caldwell in the 300 hurdles. She also won a silver medal in 100 m sprint. Devyn Potts finished second in both the high and low hurdles. The Pilots girls' relay teams finished second in the 4x2, while Jessica Karpacs won the long jump with a mark of 14-feet.
Host Union Local's girls' 4x1 team took runner-up honors in the relay event, Mikayla Patton took silver in the shot put, while Kylie Russell was the lone girls pole vaulter clearing 7 foot.
Carrolton and Tuscarawas Central Catholic claimed most of the gold medals in the boys' events, but Linsly garnered enough points for a second place finish in the team standings. Chimechi Oparanozie's toss of 48-8 won the shot put event for the Cadets while their shuttle hurdle team claimed gold edging out Carrolton by two tenths of a second.
Weir High's Jonathan Rice won the 100 for the Red Riders, but false started in the 200 leaving a clear path for River's Bryce Cross who crossed the finish in 24.23. Weir also won the 4x1 crown.
St. John Central's Garrett Holubek won the 400 in 53.33 to garner the only gold for the Irish boys.
Union Local's Austin Kemp cleared 11-6 in the pole vault for the uncontested gold.
Carrollton senior Lynk Tranter won gold in the 110 hurdles, high jump and set a new meet record in the long jump with a leap of 20-09.25.