The Orange and Big Walnut girls track and field teams competed in Saturday’s Newark Invitational, finishing fifth and 12th, respectively.
The Pioneers finished with a combined 70 points, getting standout showings from their speedsters. Thelma Agyekum led the way, winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.05 seconds. Mikaela Lyons was also solid, nabbing runner-up honors in the 200-meter dash with an effort of 27.18 seconds.
The two teamed up with Udoka Durunna and Tiere Richardson to win the 4x100 relay in 51.41 seconds while the foursome of Richardson, Brynna Johnson, Bailey Hurley and Angel Frye closed second in the 4x200 in 1:52.43.
The squad’s 4x400 team (Frye, Hurley, Agyekum and Durunna) finished third in 4:24.13 while Hurley and Lindsay Brandt also secured top-tier finishes, closing fourth in the 400- and 1,600-meter runs in respective times of 1:03.58 and 5:51.95.
Durunna was solid in the field events, too, finishing third in the high jump after clearing 5-0.
The Golden Eagles, who closed with a combined 19 points, were led by Avery Kerns, who finished second in the high jump. Like Orange’s leaper, Kerns cleared 5-0, but did it in fewer attempts.
Sara Althauser was also productive, picking up third-place points in the 300-meter hurdles thanks to an effort of 50.81 seconds, while helping BW’s 4x400 relay team nab a top-five finish, teaming up with Samantha Godby, Catie Craig-Bowden and Kerns to finish fifth in 4:27.55.
Big Walnut coach Joe Evener said the finish wasn’t exactly what he was looking for, but thinks the experience alone will help his crew down the road.
“If I’m being honest, last week’s meets are not the way I wanted to start the season,” he said. “The good news is that there is a lot of good news. We are getting the chance to run quite a few younger girls, and they are improving rapidly. This will be important as the season progresses. The other good news is that this is only week one. There are a lot of meets left, and we will get better.”