TRACK AND FIELD | Marion Dix leads Wooster at OCC meet

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Wooster High School's Rachel Cornelius takes the baton from Marion Dix as they compete in the 4x800 meter relay at the Ohio Cardinal Conference track meet held at Ashland University on Friday, May 13, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM
Wooster High School's Rachel Cornelius takes the baton from Marion Dix as they compete in the 4x800 meter relay at the Ohio Cardinal Conference track meet held at Ashland University on Friday, May 13, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Ashland and Lexington rolled to team wins at the Ohio Cardinal Conference Championships, with Ashland taking the boys title and Lexington winning on the girls side.

Wooster placed third on the girls side as the top local OCC side. The Generals boys placed fifth and West Holmes finished fifth on the girls side and seventh in boys competition. Marion Dix and Ashton Dunlap were two-event winners for the Generals, picking up one individual win and one relay win apiece.

Dunlap had a nice day for the Generals on the boys side, holding off Mount Vernon's Matthew Salvucci and teammate Ethan Keating to win the 1,600 with a 4:28.94. He also finished just a second off first-place pace in the 800, placing third.

Wooster's boys 4x800 relay was another highlight, as the team of Luke Hootman, Owen Buchholz, Gabriel Thompson and Dunlap finished first with a time of 8:31.55.

The Generals girls also won the 4x800, with their team of Audrey Miller, Marion Dix, Rachel Cornelius and Mattie Dunlap finishing almost 20 seconds ahead of Lexington's second-place team. Dix also won the 800 with a run of 2:27.69.

West Holmes High School's Laney Duff competes in the high jump at the Ohio Cardinal Conference track meet held at Ashland University on Friday, May 13, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM
West Holmes High School's Laney Duff competes in the high jump at the Ohio Cardinal Conference track meet held at Ashland University on Friday, May 13, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Laney Duff picked up a first-place finish for West Holmes in the girls high jump, picking up the tiebreaker after clearing 5 feet.

Zach Snow finished in a first-place tie in the pole vault with Ashland's Ashden Maffett.

PAC-7 Championships

CVCA's girls and Fairless' boys ruled the day at Thursday's PAC-7 Track and Field Championships, handily capturing the two team titles up for grabs.

However, plenty of local standouts performed well at the meet, highlighted by a record-setting performances from Orrville star pole vaulter Ainsley Hamsher and Tuslaw distance runner Malena Cybak.

The Red Riders senior tied her personal record of 12 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault, setting a new meet record. Her mark beat the second-place vault by 2 feet, 6 inches. She also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles.

Meanwhile, Cybak put on a clinic in all three distance events, obliterating the field in the 800 and 1,600. The senior set the meet record in her best event, the 800, running it in 2:14.80. Cybak wasn't quite on record-setting pace in the 1,600, but still ran an impressive 5:08.62 to beat the second-place runner by 26.2 seconds. She couldn't quite complete the sweep after running so hard during the first two events, but still placed second in the 3,200.

Triway's duo of Kalie Campbell and Kelsie Himes won their signature events, with Campbell's 17-3.75 long jump placing well ahead of the field and Himes winning via tiebreaker in the high jump with a 4-10. Both were also a part of the Titans' first-place 4x100 relay, along with Ellie Golias and Addison Hudson.

Orrville's Calvin Speicher and Triway's Cameron Soss were multi-event winners as well.

Speicher won the high jump (6-2) and the 110 hurdles (15.76) and also placing second in the 300 hurdles. Soss owned the boys sprints, winning the 100 (11.05) and 200 (22.90).

Orrville's Ben Crabtree (long jump, 20-7.5) and Tuslaw's Joe Rolko (400, 51.69) rounded out the local winners.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Track and Field: Dix and Dunlap lead Wooster at OCC Championships

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