Rocky Brands track invitational set for Saturday

NELSONVILLE, Ohio – Of the six Washington County high schools, four are scheduled to be in action at the same track and field event this weekend.

Fort Frye, Waterford, Belpre and Warren all will be competing in the 4th annual Rocky Brands Track Invitational at Nelsonville-York High Schiool at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

In last year’s meet, Lancaster won the boys team title with 146.50 points in a field of 18 teams. Logan was runner-up with 88 points, while Warren was fourth with 73; Belpre, eighth with 33.50; and Fort Frye, 10th with 18.

The Athens girls were first with 101.50 points in a field of 20 teams. The Bulldogs edged Eastern, which finished with 94 points. Waterford was sixth with 40; Fort Frye, tied for seventh with 37; Belpre, 14th with 14; and Warren, 17th with 6.50.

This year’s Fort Frye team, coached by first-year varsity boss Todd Stewart, will be paced by distance runners MaryKate McElroy and Ford McElroy.

At last season’s Rocky Brands event, Mary Kate McElroy was first in the 1600 in a time of 5 minutes, 23.14 seconds and runner-up in the 3200 in 11:52.62.

She was also a leg on the second-place 4×800 meter relay team, which also featured Katie Hart, Jessi Callihan and Reagan Skinner.

Ford McElroy, Mary Kate’s older brother, was sixth in the 1600 in 4:40.78 and 10th in the 3200 in 10:41.91.

The scoring for the Steve Littler-coached Waterford team is expected to come from indoor all-state high jumper Amy Lang, pole vaulters’ Lydia Beardsley and Brianna Lewis, thrower Garrett Lemasters and hurdler James Weaver.

A year ago, Lang was seventh in the 200 in 28.85 and a leg on the third-place Wildcat 4×400 relay, which also included Cierra Jarvis. Lang also finished 11th in the 100 in 14.31 and competed in the long jump, but didn’t place.

Waterford’s girls 4×100 relay team of Beardsley, Jarvis, Lewis, and Hanna Duff was fourth in 56.68.

Belpre will be led by Cray Sistrunk in the 1600, Tojzae Reams in the 300 hurdles and 100, and Matt Colvin and Tik Wong in the 4×200 relay.

Warren’s scorers are expected to be all-state discus thrower Mason Pilkey, high jumper/hurdler Colton Cantley and distance runner Brent Ash.