• Erick Starkey/News Highland’s Brock Veley, pictured, and Jack Weaver have put together an impressive spring so far, including nabbing the top two spots in both the 100 and 200 Friday at the Highland Invitational.
  • Erick Starkey/News Highland’s Jack Weaver, pictured, with  Brock Veley have put together an impressive spring so far, including nabbing the top two spots in both the 100 and 200 Friday at the Highland Invitational.
  • Erick Starkey/News Danville’s Makayla Brown fires away during the discus event Friday at Highland. Brown won the event and is not far off from a school record.
  • Erick Starkey/News East Knox’s Dawson Moreland, left, takes off after receiving the baton from Nathan Whitney, back, during the 4x800  relay Friday at the Highland Invitational.

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SPARTA — Highland Scots Jack Weaver and Brock Veley continued their dominant spring in the short events, combining to take first and second in both the 100- and 200-meter dash at the Highland Invitational Friday.

“It’s just unbelievable to have someone of that caliber pushing you every day,” Weaver said. “It definitely helps the both of us.”

Weaver got the better of his teammate in the 200, winning with a time of 22.50 seconds, with Veley next across at 23.10. The pair flipped positions in the shorter distance, with Veley grabbing the top spot (10.80) and Weaver besting the rest of the field (10.90).

“It feels pretty good because in practice and meets, we’re always pushing each other to be better,” Veley said. “We just have fun with friends and always push each other to do our best.”

The pair raced with each other in the 4×100, linking up with Ryan Weissenfluh and Landyn Albanese for the top spot with a time of 43.50 seconds. Albanese and Weissenfluh joined with Dylan Stillwell and Chase Ray to win the 4×200 with a time of 1:40.30.

Also on the track, Highland’s Landon Remmert earned a pair of first-place finishes. He squeaked out the top spot in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.40 seconds, and clocked a 43.50 in the 300-meter hurdles to grab first.

Zachary DeBord paced the Highland boys in the field events, winning the shot put with a launch of 41 feet.

Buckeye Valley earned the top spot in the boys’ team standings with 155 points, followed by the Scots’ 146. Northridge earned third (113), East Knox fourth (112.5), Centerburg fifth (72), Utica sixth (23) and Danville seventh (12.5).

Nick Houck had a solid day in the distance events for the Vikings, earning first in the two-mile (10:54.50) and second in the mile (4:58.50). Northridge’s Ashton Dick was the only other Viking to earn first, taking the crown in the long jump after clearing 19-feet-1.75.

The East Knox boys really shined in the distance events. Nathan Whitney earned second in the 400 (53.40), while Cody Cockrell won the 800 (2:17.50), followed closely by Scott Bates in third (2:22.20). Dawson Moreland won the mile for the Bulldogs with a time of 4:57.0. Whitney, Cockrell, Dawson Moreland and Dillon Moreland combined for the top time in the 4×800 (8:58.52), winning by more than 10 seconds.

Anthony Gilmore had the top finish in the field events for the East Knox boys, winning the high jump with a 5-10 effort.

Austin Moreland was the top Trojan, winning the discus by just under 3 feet with a toss of 123-6. Ben Reigel earned fourth in the same event (116-11). Also in field events, Ethan Barton had the second-best distance in the long jump at 19-1.25. Centerburg’s 4×200 team of Barton, Lane Johnson, Gavin Wilson and Alex Grove had the best finish on the track, earning second (1:40.80).

Utica fielded strong relay teams. Finishing fourth in the 4×100 (48.60) was the team of Nick Martensen, Kai Humphrey, Seth Cooper and Justin Riley. The same foursome also earned fifth in the 4×400 with a time of 4:01.0.

Danville’s Skyler Kerr was all over the track, finishing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.60) and eighth in the 100 (12.30). The team of Anthony Odu, Jacob Platinsky, Thor Pitsenberger and Tyler Wilson earned fourth in the 4×200.

While Danville did not have a win on the boys side, it did in the girls’ division. Senior Makayla Brown had her career best throw in the discus to win the event at 103-0.

“Her form was good,” Danville coach Hillary Hess said. “The whole technical skill of her throw was what got her there.”

Friday was the second week in a row that she has set a personal best and she hopes that trend continues. Should it continue much further, she is approaching the Danville school record that was set in 1994. Brown and Hess both think she can set a new Blue Devil record by the end of the year.

“I’m really looking forward to getting it,” Brown said. “I have put a lot of time and extra hours in.”

Brown also earned third in the shot put with a throw of 30-feet-2. Brooklynn Hess earned the silver in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.10 seconds to help put the Danville girls in sixth with 48 points.

Buckeye Valley stood atop the girls standings with 156 points, while Highland again grabbed second with 130. Northridge’s 115 points rounded out the top three, while Centerburg was fourth (66), East Knox fifth (59) and Utica eighth (14).

Although the Highland girls finished second, they only had one event win on the day when Peyton Carpenter, Makenna Belcher, Whitney Church and Brylinn Tuggle took the top spot in the 4×200 with a time of 1:54.80. Outside of the win, Carpenter had a solid day, earning second in the 200 (28.30) and third in the 100 (13.40). Camberly Schade had a pair of second-place finishes coming in the 800 (2:39.50) and the 1,600 (5:40.21).

In the field events for the Scots, Carpenter cleared 14-5.5 to earn third, while Emma Hinkle was just behind in fourth (14-3). Hinkle was second in the pole vault at 7-0. Erin Connor earned second in both the shot put (30-4) and discus (94-5).

Olyvia Ashbrook had one of the two top finishes for the Vikings, winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.80 seconds. Gabby Webb was the other Northridge girl to win, snagging first in the pole vault after an 8-6 effort. Relays were strong for the Vikings, as they finished second in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400, with a third-place finish coming in the 4×800.

Centerburg’s Halle Moreland did well in the throwing events, earning the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 34-10, and third in the discus (92-4). The distance team of Elise Tucker, Avery Tucker, Abigail Dickhof and Aeryn Walters earned second in the 4×800 with a time of 10:37.40.

Emily Opfer led the way for the Bulldogs with a top finish in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 50.50 seconds. She also earned second in the high jump at 4-8. Ashley VanHoose earned the silver in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.90.

Utica’s Hailey Quinif earned fourth in the shot (29-0) and fifth in the discus (83-0), while Abby Kellett snared seventh in shot (27-5) and sixth in discus (82-6).

All schools return to action Tuesday afternoon on the road, with Danville and Highland competing in Fredericktown, East Knox heading to Crestline, Utica in Johnstown and Centerburg running at Westerville Central.

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