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Shontz, Cochran top Quakers at Optimist

AUSTINTOWN — Everybody is getting into the act for the Crestview track teams.

Crestview seniors Brandon Yanssens and Krista Perry won events as the Rebels totaled nine placers at the 40th Optimist Track and Field Meet on Saturday.

East Liverpool senior Cameron Beverly also won the boys high jump (6-foot-6) at Falcon Stadium, while Crestview senior William Hardenbrook was second (6-4).

Yanssens was first in the boys 400-meter dash (51.17 seconds) and Perry won the girls shot put with a toss of 38-0, edging Salem senior Lizzy Shontz by a half inch.

Hardenbrook also was second in the 110 hurdles (15.08) as were Ethan Powell, Spencer Cline, Yanssens and Hardenbrook in the 400 relay (43.77) and Powell, Cline, Yanssens and Noah Wickline in the 800 relay (1:31.10).

All will be back at it Tuesday at the Columbiana County Track and Field Meet in East Palestine.

Other area boys placers were South Range senior Spencer Bush, second in the 1600 run (4:24.84) out of 40 runners; South Range senior Michael Hvizdos, third in the 800 run (1:58.93); Crestview’s Mitchell Auer, Ryan Emch, Joey Carr and Will Welch, sixth in the 3200 relay (8:43.10); South Range junior Jacob Brooks, sixth in the shot put (48-2 1/4); East Liverpool senior Brannan Smith, seventh in the 800 run (2:00.37); and Powell, eighth in the 100 dash (11.29).

Area girls standouts included Salem senior Halle Cochran, third in the 400 dash (62.05); Salem senior Kyla Jamison fourth in the discus (115-7) and sixth in the shot put (35-2 3/4); Salem senior Carly Hall, sixth in the 800 run (2:23.18); United senior Ellie Marhefka, seventh in the 800 run (2:24.94); and Crestview freshman Emily Downey, eighth in the 1600 run (5:50.11).

Girls relay teams that placed were Crestview’s Grace Auer, Karagin Miller, Bailey Wonner and Anna Marr, third in the 3200 relay (10:53.57); South Range’s Tara Wine, Sydney Penick, Emma Purton and Abigail Baun, sixth in the 3200 relay (11:34.60); and Salem’s Paige Bailey, Kelly Hutton, Rylee Hutton and Raelin Pim, eighth in the 400 relay (51.93).

Thirty-three boys teams and 30 girls teams scored in the meet.

Austintown Fitch was the boys champion with 70 points, two more than Stow-Munroe Falls. Crestview finished fifth for the third straight time in the meet, this time with a high of 46 points. South Range tied for 11th with 19 points, East Liverpool was 19th with 12 points.

Chardon took the girls team tite with 90 points. Akron Buchtel was second with 56.

Salem and Poland tied for eighth with 26 points, Crestview tied for 14th with 17 points, United was 28th with 3 1/2 points and South Range was 29th with three points.

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