Bridgeport is leading Webster County 42-411/2 in boys AA, and has run up a 72-26 lead over Scott on the girls side. Doddridge County is leading Buffalo in boys Class A 38-26, and is trailing Tyler Consolidated 39-35 on the girls side.
In girls AAA, Gahanna Lincoln, near Columbus, Ohio, has a 36-34 lead over Hurricane, with the Emily Godwin-less Buckhannon-Upshur team third with 32.
Buffalo's boys and Charleston Catholic's girls started the meet by winning the Class A 4x800-meter relay. Back to full strength, the Bison's relay squad consisted of Isaiah Robinson, Tyler Torman, Connor Lamb and Rich. Their time of 8:35.43 was 9-plus seconds better than Charleston Catholic.
That was about 5 seconds behind the Bison's meet record of 2012, but coach Richie Wyant was well pleased.
"It was a good, steady run," Wyant said. "We didn't expect to come up here and set the world on fire tonight, and we really and truly led it from start to finish and weren't pushed. It was a good run for us; everybody should be ready for the other events."
The Irish dominated the girls 4x800 race, beating Tyler Consolidated by more than 20 seconds. That quartet featured Sarah Joseck, Quincy McKown, Peyton Keener and Amanda Lane, and they ran in a season-best 10:28.40.
And that came despite the absence of Peyton Mullen, the Irish's fastest 800 runner.
"We've now got four girls who are under 2:40, and actually under 2:35 and down," said Catholic coach Scott Welch. "[Joseck] was just filling in, but now she's in. We're very optimistic; we knocked 18 seconds off our best time in that race."
Poca went 1-3 in the boys AA long jump, with A.J. Keys's 18-81/4 jump leading the way. Teammate Caleb Samples went 17-71/4.
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