SOUTH ZANESVILLE -- John Glenn boys claimed the team title in the Jerry Neal Panther Invitational hosted by Maysville High School Saturday, while the Lady Muskies were a close second behind the host Lady Panthers.
In the boys' events, the Muskies ran up a team score of 143 to outdistance second place Coshocton by 40 points. Maysville was third (89), Philo fourth (80), followed by Zanesville (52), Crooksville (31) and Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans with 20 points.
Leading the way for the Muskies was Zak Geiger who picked up the Jerry Neal Memorial 2-mile Award winning the 3200-meter race with a time of 10:22.3. Other John Glenn winners included Austin Ross in the 400-meter dash (:53.4) and the pole vault with a leap of 10 feet and Drew McCullough in the 1600-meter run (5:02.7).
The 4x400 relay team of Tyler Bosson, Kyle Skelly, Ross and B.J. Parrish also won with a time of 3:47.5 and the 4x800-meter relay squad of Geiger, Jonah Carson, McCullough and Brandon Dolick claimed first with a winning time of 8:49.5.
Carson also finished second in the 800-meter run (2:11.5), Bo Bednarczuk was second in the 3200-meter run (11:20.4) and Cy Hummel took second in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 8 inches.
Placing third for the Muskies were Ethan Bennington in the 800-meter run (2:17.5), Woody Jamiel in the 1600-meter run (5:16.6), Craig Luburgh in the 300-meter hurdles (:45.6), Nick Smith in the pole vault (9-0) and Grant Slack in the long jump with a jump of 17 feet. The Muskies' 4x100-meter relay team of Kyle Johnston, Billy Shaffer, Evan Schiele and Karl Klein) also finished third with a time of :48.1
"It was a good meet," John Glenn coach Doug Joy stated. "It answered a lot of questions about the season. We saw some weaknesses and some strengths. I was really pleased with everyone's efforts. We ran some good times and gave ourselves something to build on. It was really exciting."
Host Maysville won the girls' team title with 124.5 points with John Glenn close behind with 122 points. Coshocton followed in third (83) followed by Zanesville (61), Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (52.5), Crooksville (40) and Philo with 19 points.
Claiming wins for the Lady Muskies was the 4x400-meter relay team of Julie Morgan, Shelby Cole, Jess Carder and Kayla Hammer with a winning time of 4:38.4 and the 4x800-meter relay squad of Sydney St. Clair, Moriah Carson, Hammer and Sarah Porter with a winning time of 11:40.7.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Carder, Stacey Smith, Taylour Hoyt and Cole finished second with a time of :55.1 and the 4x200-meter relay team of Morgan, Cole, Hoyt and Smith also finished second in :59.3. Individuals with second place finishes included Katie Morgan in the pole vault (7-6), Kelli Brock in the shotput (33-11) and the discus with a throw of 98-09.
Carder claimed third in the 100-meter dash (:14.0), Hoyt was third in the 200-meter dash (:29.5), while Carson finished third in the 800-meter run (2:43.1), St. Clair was third in the 1600-meter run (5:49.5), Chelsie Karling finished third in the shotput (29-04) and Leah Pattison was third in the discus with a heave of 88-04.