South Range sweeps Clipper Invitational

COLUMBIANA – It was a banner day for the South Range track teams at the 11th annual Clipper Invitational on Saturday.

The Raiders – led by double winners Tim Nichol, Jon Kenney, Kirklin Grahovac and Matti Dunham – swept the team titles.

The South Range boys ran away with the team title with 158 points. Burton Berkshire was second with 91 and East Palestine third with 57.

The South Range girls also won, totaling 159 points. Burton Berkshire had 104 points and Columbiana 70.

Nichols set meet and Ward Athletic Complex records in winning the 1600- and 3200-meter runs.

He also ran on the Raiders’ second-place 3200 relay team to capture boys high-point honors with 22 points.

Kenney was named the Boots?Hawkins Best Field Event performer with firsts in the shot put and discus.

Other winners for the Raiders were Grahovac i the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles; Adam Meloy in the 200 dash; Patrick McCarthy in the 800 run; and the 400, 800 and 1600 relay teams.

Dunham guided the South Range girls with wins in the 1600 and 3200 runs.

The Raiders also got wins from Cat Schuler in the shot put; Raianne Mason in the 300 hurdles; and the 400 relay.

Berkshire’s Christin Dornbeck was the girls high-point award winner with 25 points.

Dornbeck won the 200 dash and 400 dash and ran on the winning 800 and 1600 relay teams.

East Palestine’s Chloe Snyder of East Palestine was first in the high jump and long jump to claim the Boots Hawkins Best Field Event Performer award. Snyder tied a meet record in the high jump by clearing 5-foot-2.

Other area winners included Columbiana’s Britton Steiginga (100, long jump), East Liverpool’s Shae Long (high jump), East Liverpool’s Zack English (400), Columbiana’s Addie Dunlap (discus) and Columbiana’s Shayla Ray (100 hurdles).

See Sunday’s Morning Journal for complete results.