By Chris Chaney
The Southern Buckeye Conference’s 12 teams descended upon Western Brown High School on May 14 and 15 to test their talents against one another in a final tune-up before the district tournaments got underway this week.
Results held primarily to prediction as the New Richmond and Williamsburg girls’ teams took home the American and National Division crowns, respectively and Western Brown and Georgetown took home the boys’ championships.
Finishing behind New Richmond in the girls’ American Division was Western Brown, followed by Bethel-Tate, Goshen, Amelia and Norwood.
The Lady Lions won nine events, headlined by junior Olivia Behymer who won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
“She’s stronger than she’s ever been this year,” New Richmond head coach Terri Flamm said. “She broke two school records that were 29-years-old, (the 100- and 200- meter dashes).”
Other top performers in the girls’ American Division were Amelia’s Madison Terry, who won the 1600-meter run; New Richmond’s Kara Burns, the winner of the 3200-meter run; Goshen’s Tiera Martinelli, the winner of the pole vault; and New Richmond’s Hannah Hall, the high jump champion.
The Lady Lions also dominated the relay events, winning all four events (4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800).
In the National Division, the Lady Wildcats defeated runners-up Felicity by 61 points. Trailing the Lady Cardinals were Georgetown, followed by Clermont Northeastern, Blanchester and Batavia.
Williamsburg made a lot of their hay in the field events, taking first-place points in three of the five. Elizabeth Meisberger swept the throwing events and Gabby Press won the pole vault.
Felicity-Franklin’s Arica Stutz kept up her mind-boggling pace, almost single-handily keeping the Lady Cardinals in the thick of things. She won both hurdling events as well as both jumping events. Helping out Stutz and also gaining a league title was Christina Paskow, the winner of the 1600-meter run.
CNE’s Kaitlin Reece won the 200- and 400-meter dashes while Burg’s Ashley Jermer took home the 100-meter league championship and teammate Heather Mcintosh won the 3200-meter run.
On the boys’ side, New Richmond came in second in the American Division, followed by Goshen, Bethel-Tate, Norwood and Amelia.
Local winners were highlighted by Goshen’s Jake Nelson, the 100- and 200-meter dash champion, New Richmond’s Bobby Bingham, the 1600- and 3200-meter run winner and teammate Alex Nelson, the 400-meter dash winner. The Warriors’ Calvin Phillips won the discus throw. Goshen took the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays and New Richmond won the 4×400-meter relay.
In the boys’ National Division, Williamsburg finished in second place, followed by Blanchester, CNE, Batavia and Felicity-Franklin.
Top performers included a trio of Wildcats. Corey Stith who won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles; teammate Ryan Boggs was the 400-meter dash champ and Cody Minnie took home top billing in the long jump.
The only other Clermont County winner was Clermont Northeastern’s Ben Frazier who won the pole vault, clearing 10-feet-6 inches.
The teams got their postseason meets underway on Tuesday, May 21 as New Richmond hosted the Division II district meet. On May 22, Mason held the Division I schools and New Richmond hosted the Division III schools on May 23.
The Division I finals will be at Mason on Friday, May 24 and the Division II and III finals will be held at New Richmond on Saturday, May 25.