Kicking off what is expected to be a tight team race with New London, defending champion St. Paul won a pair of events for 20 points in the girls standings.
The 4x800 distance team of Gabby Scavuzzo, Holly Powers, Meghan Hedrick and Lily Dowdell turned in a time of 9:54.24, winning the race by nearly 43 seconds — which also set a new Crestview High School track record.
New London’s Gabrielle Osterland, Savannah Shaver, Kaylin Williams and Dana Gustely took second in 10:37.51.
In the girls high jump, St. Paul’s Kamryn Maxwell won by clearing the bar at an even five feet — which was her seed position. Placing second was Monroeville’s Reece Kluding (4-feet-10), while St. Paul’s Camille Endsley (4-feet-10) was fourth.
In the discus throw, Western Reserve’s Victoria Ramage was third with a toss of 110-feet-3. Western’s 4x800 relay of Tabi Pausch, Ashlyn Barnhart, Brooke Perkins and Chelsea Shawver placed fourth (10:59.35).
After three events, St. Paul has 24 points, followed by Crestview (21), Mapleton (16), Monroeville (11), Western Reserve (10) and New London (9).
Last year, St. Paul edged out the Wildcats for the girls team title by three points, 141-138.
On the boys side, area athletes won three of the four events scored.
In the pole vault, New London’s Jacob Allen was the best by six inches, as he cleared the bar at 13-feet-6.
Monroeville’s Chayce Schaub also cruised to the long jump title, as his effort of 19-feet-8.5 was a good distance ahead of Western Reserve’s J.J. Weisenberger (18-feet-11.5). South Central’s Josiah Wright (18-feet-3.5) was third and Monroeville’s Sawyer Schafer (17-feet-7.5) was fourth.
St. Paul’s Davis Hedrick won the shot put with a best throw of 49-feet-8. Monroeville’s Montgomery Walls (46-feet-11) was third and New London’s Cayden Hofheins (44-feet-10.5) was fourth.
In the boys 4x800, the St. Paul quartet of Zach Stine, Nate Tokarsky, Noah Avendano and Jared Arnold finished second in a time of 8:23.22 — just under three seconds behind the winning team from Crestview.
New London’s Carson Coey, Court Britt, Austin Reed and Curtis Joppeck placed third in 8:36.57.
After four events, Crestview has 33 points, followed by New London (22), Monroeville (20), St. Paul (18), Western Reserve and South Central (11), and Mapleton and Plymouth (4).
Last year, New London (133) beat out Crestview (122) for the boys team title.
Running finals and the remainder of the field events will resume at 4 p.m. Friday back at Crestview.