Speelman wins at Ward Invitational

EAST PALESTINE – Austintown Fitch staked claim to the 44th annual William E. Ward Invitational team title on Saturday at Reid Stadium.

The Falcons scored 144 1/2 points to top defending champion Hudson, which finished with 97 points in the 13-team field.

Fitch seniro Billy Price, an Ohio State football recruit Billy Price, took the field events MVP award with wins in the shot put (58-8 1/2) and discus (165-11).

Hudson’s Leighton Antonio repeated as the running events MVP as he won four events – the 100, 200, 400 and 160 relay.

Beaver Local’s Garrett Speelman led local athletes as he captured the long jump with a leap of 21-feet-5 1/4. East Liverpool’s Zack English finished third at 19-11 1/4.

East Liverpool’s Nate Boyer shined in the 3200-meter run with a second-place showing (9:55.99)

Beaver Local’s Justin Osborne finished fifth in the 300 hurdles in 43.98 seconds.

East Palestine’s 400 relay team of Derek Smith, Zach Mayrobb, Josh Pickett and Nick Monteleone was fifth in 47.31. The Bulldogs’ 800 relay team of Jerick Oates, Ryan Henderson, Pickett and Mayrobb was also fifth in 1:39.84.