MORRISTOWN - There was a new surface on the track and sunny skies as the Doan Ford/McDonald's Gloria M. Dawes Memorial Track Invitational took place Saturday at Union Local High School.
The new surface is adorned with the signature of the Class of 2007 Union Local High School graduate in lane three right in front of the grandstands in honor of the Lady Jets' 4x100 team state meet on which Dawes ran the team's lead-off leg.
This year, Clay Batelle's team received the special plaques for winning the 4x100 at the meet.
UNION LOCAL’S Collin Jones clears a hurdle during the 300 meter intermediates at Saturday’s Gloria M. Dawes Memorial Track Invitational. Jones also won the pole vault.
Steubenville Catholic Central won the girls side of the invitational, while Linsly claimed the boys crown.
River's Cassidy McCullough had a big day winning the 200 meter dash, 300 meter hurdles, long jump and taking silver to Stuebenville Central's Monica Rigaud in the 100 meter hurdles.
McCullough won the 200 gold with a 26.58, the 300 hurdles gold in 47.29 and jumped 15-ft-3 1/2 for her third gold medal.
Rigaud, after a photo finish in the preliminaries, outstrided the Pilots' speedster in the 100 hurdles finals preventing the sweep.
East Richland Christian's Hannah Surface was dominant in her distance events as she scored a gold in the 3200 with a 12.36.80 and earned a silver in the 800 coming in behind St. John Centrals' Fallon Doyle.
The Irish sophomore won gold in the 800 with a 2:31.67 and ran the second leg of St. John's gold medal 4x400 relay team. Three freshman: Jessica Alvey, Rose Marissa and Emily LeMasters joined Fallon on the laps as they finished in 4:20.40 to win the event. Alvey also earned a silver for the Irish thin clads as she claimed second place in the 100 meter dash.
Harrison Central would hang silver in the 4x800 relay as Raven Cruz, Natasha Dowdle, Shaylynn Dornbush and Taylor Shaw crossed in 11:12.59.
Host Union Local took gold in three field events as Kylie Russell won an uncontested pole vault medal, clearing 7-06. Mikayla Patton put the shot 30-08.5 and spun the discus for 95-08 to claim a pair of gold medals.
The Crusaders totaled 109 points for the win, Union Local finished runner-up with 83 points, River third with 77 team points while St, John Central was fifth with 59 and Harrison Central sixth with 41.
Linsly used their speed to claim the boys' title winning gold in the 110 meter and 200 meter dash and 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Corey Leasure claimed a gold medal for St. John in the 1600 running his laps in 4:52.42.
Harrison Central teamed up for a gold in the 4x400 relay win as Blake Yoho, Dakota Malcomb, James Thompson and Josh Moore passed the baton in 3.30.64 to set a new meet record in the event.
The Huskies' Terrence Lindsey, Zac Whiteman, Jeremy Spoonmore and James Thompson claimed a second gold for Harrison in the4x110 shuttle hurdles in 1:03.5.
Harrison's Colton Houston won the discus throw with a spin of 125-00 for a gold medal in afield event.
Union Local's Collin Jones won gold in the pole vault clearing 11-09 into a stiff breeze. Jones won a second gold in the 300 hurdles in 41.32 and won a silver medal in the 100 meter hurdles with a 16.03.