Quakers’ Swindell named girls running MVP

EAST PALESTINE – It was a banner day for Salem’s Marissa Swindell, Daniel Rumsey and Marcus Crittenden at the 30th Bulldog Invitational on Saturday.

Swindell, a junior was named the girls running events MVP as she was first in the 200-meter dash (26.81) and 400 (61.32), second in the 800 relay and fifth in the 1600 relay.

Rumsey and Crittenden were part of three victories in leading the Salem boys to a runner-up finish.

Rumsey won the 400 dash (51.23); joined Crittenden, Haedan Panezott and Cameron Turney on the winning 800 relay team (1:32.00); and Crittenden, Turney and Ethan Bailey on the winning 1600 relay team (3:30.12).

The Quakers also got wins from Caleb Quinn in the 110 hurdles (16.01) and the 400 relay team of Panezott, Crittenden, Brandon Kitts and Logan Taylor 45.26).

McDonald repeated as the boys and girls team champions. The McDonald boys totaled 164 points, followed by Salem with 124 and East Liverpool -paced by high jump winner Shae Long (6-0)- with 53.

McDonald senior Bobby Johnson set meet records in the boys 1600 (4:24.80) and 3200 (9:35.00). He won the state cross country title in November.

The McDonald girls also won with 164 points, followed by Harvey with 96 and Salem with 90 1/2.

Other area girls winners were Salem senior Megan Lehwald in the long jump (16-2 1/2) and East Palestine sophomore Hannah Hull in the 800 run (2:31.49).

Joining Swindell as meet MVPs were McDonald senior Jai’Lyn Mosley, who set a meet record in the girls discus and was second in the shot put; McDonald senior Tory Ross, who was first in the girls shot put and second in the discus; McDonald junior Albert Yates, who was first in the boys shot put and second in the discus; and Lake Center junior Wade Kyser, who was first in the boys 100 and 200, second in the 800 relay and fifth in the 400 relay.