After going back and forth in the standings with Fremont Ross all meet, Norwalk's boys track and field team finished the meet strong with firsts in the two mile and 4x400 to pull away for good.
The Truckers finished with 117 points at the 44th annual Bellevue Elks Invite Saturday, ahead of Fremont Ross' 103.
"All day long," Norwalk coach Ron DeLuca said of the back and forth between the Truckers and Fremont Ross. "Fremont's got a nice team. Actually we lost to them in a dual meet last week, but we came back today and we moved some people around — we're trying to get ready for our league meet and so a lot of things we found out today will help us to prepare for the league meet."
On the girls side, it was Perkins at the top with 119, while the Little Giants took second (108.5).
The hosts finished third on both sides, as the Redmen finished with 72 points, and the Lady Red compiled 94.
Willard girls finished fourth (75), while Norwalk girls were sixth (41) and Huron finished eighth with 10.5.
On the boys side, the Pirates took fifth (66), while Huron was sixth (43) just ahead of Willard (40) in seventh.
Meet MVPs were Perkins' Mikaela Caponi and Fremont Ross' Jared Ballenger.
Caponi won the long jump with a leap of 17-foot-6 to beat the invite and stadium record. The old invite record was set by Bellevue's Laiken Tester in 2012 (16-10), while the old stadium mark was held by Bellevue's Robin Radloff (17-4) from 1982.
Ballenger also broke a pair of records to earn top honors. His discus toss of 190-5 beat Perkins' Matt Hoty's invite mark from 2010 (182-9) and the stadium record of 189-4 set by Edison's Glen Shupe in 1982. Ballenger also won the shot put (52-6.25).
The Perkins girls topped the field for the first time since 2003 and the 10th time in program history, while the Truckers' first-place team finish was a program first at the event.
"I have to congratulate the whole team because it was really a depth thing today," DeLuca said. "We got disqualified in the 4x2, so it got a little bit dicey there for a minute, but we had a lot of firsts today and we had a record in the 4x8, which was great, and the kids just came through and scored the points when we needed. It's been a good season so far."
The Norwalk boys started off the running events with a first-place finish and invite record in the 4x800 as Jared Lee, Caden Foos, Luke Landis and Quentin Howell crossed the finish in 8 minutes, 3.81 seconds to beat their own mark from last season (8:09.29).
Foos (4:36.18) and Landis (4:36.46) finished 2-3 in the mile, while Howell kicked down the last stretch of the two mile (10:04.57) to outpace the second-place Fremont Ross finisher, Louis Guardiola (10:11.16), by nearly seven seconds.
"I think Howell's finish in 3200 was the highlight of the day," DeLuca said. "He ran against a real top-notch two-miler and he just flew around the corner and ran away with it."
In the sprint events, Jordan Johnson finished first in the 100 (11.64) and third in the 200 (23.51), just behind teammate Breck Turner in second (23.29). Jared Lee added a second-place finish in the 400 (51.03).
Turner, Johnson, James Wohlers and Sampson Slack teamed up to win the 4x100 (44.24), while it was Turner, Lee, Johnson and Jacob Hemenway in the 4x400 (3:34.19). Jonathan Suter added a pair of third-place finishes in the hurdle events, with a time of 16.05 in the 110s and 42.06 in the 300s.
"Johnson had a big day — he had three firsts and a third in the 200 — so it was a good day for him," DeLuca said. "Breck Turner, the distance runners, they were all did good today. They ran some really good times. There was a lot of good competition today — Ontario brought some sprinters in, Perkins had some good ones and Bellevue, so the field was good and we were just glad to win today."
For the Perkins girls, McKenna Darr, Samantha Didion, Amber Younger and Jackie Galloway won the 4x100 with a time of 52.41 seconds, while Alyssa Johnson (4-10) and Emily Cutler (4-10J) finished 1-2 in the high jump.
Galloway (13.71) and Didion (14.10) finished 2-3 in the 100, while Galloway also added a third-place finish in the 200 (28.23).
The Pirates added runners-up performances in the throwing events, as Katlyn Canada was second in the shot put (35-5.5) and Jamie Voight took second in the discus (106-7). Hallee Smith added a third in the long jump (5-1.5), while Marina Zappa took third in the pole vault (9-0), Jordyn Baker was third in the 800 (2:31.24) and Hannah Wilson took third in the two mile (12:29.68).
"I'm very happy with the team effort," Perkins coach Amy Didion said. "It's not like we had one person that scored all the points for us, so that's always a positive thing. I'm very pleased with that. Coming out of the field events with over 50 points is a huge help to winning this meet. It's always done well, and we have Fremont and Bellevue, and some really tough teams here, so I'm just really proud of them. Some of our younger girls stepped up and they just did a nice job."
The Bellevue girls finished first in a pair of events, as Madison Scagnetti won the two mile (12:04.47) and Kylie Vogel, Elizabeth Ish, Mariah McPeak and Lauren Turner teamed up to win the 4x800 (10:16.18). The same relay team added a second-place finish in the 4x400 (4:21.06), while Hannah Doore took second in the 100 hurdles (17.26) and Laiken Tester was runner-up in the long jump (16-1.5). Turner added a second-place finish in the mile (5:34.44), while Michaela Fox finished third (5:37.91).
Brandon Tobin led the Bellevue boys with a first in the 400 (50.84), while Maurice Barnhouse (11.95) and Alec Haynes (12.04) finished 2-3 in the 100.
The Redmen also finished second in a trio of relays, as Seth Linder, Kenyon Missler, Kyle Norman and Dylan Fultz took second in the 4x200 (1:32.70), while Haynes, Barnhouse, Linder and Fultz added a runner-up placement in the 4x100 (44.66).
Tobin, Norman, Fultz and Austin Guthrie took second in the 4x400 (3:38.73), just passing Huron at the final moment, while Linder was second in the high jump (5-8).
Cece King swept the throwing events to lead the Willard girls team. Her discus toss was 114-11, while her shot put mark was 38-11.5.
The Crimson Flashes added firsts in the 4x200 (1:51.35) and 4x400 (4:16.10), as Alivia Parrott, Hannah Adams, Bri Holthouse and Marie Thornton teamed up for both wins. Parrott (1:02.16) and Holthouse (1:02.83) finished 2-3 in the 400, while Thornton added a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles (49.74).
Sydnie Fetherolf led the Norwalk girls with a first-place finish in the mile (5:25.32) and a second-place finish in the 800 (2:30.09). She also teamed up with Alexa Perry, Kelsey McQuillen and Cora Grosswiler to finish second in the 4x800 (10:21.13). Morgan Turner added a third-place finish in the shot put (33-7.5).
"For the girls, Sydnie Fetherolf had a nice day," DeLuca said. "She's always solid and of course Morgan Turner placed in both the shot and the disc. And our girls improved today — we've been looking for them to improve, and they've improved steadily, so now we're just trying to get them ready for our league meet."
Cameron Burrows had a pair of firsts for the Perkins boys, and set a meet record in the long jump. Burrow's leap of 22-3.5 in the long jump broke Perkins' Donald Clark's old mark from 1984 (21-9.5). Connor Trent added a first in the pole vault (13-6), while Tanner Nash was third in the 800 (2:10.12).
Ryan VanCauwenbergh led the Huron boys with a first-place finish in the 800 (2:05.34). He also teamed up with Danzell Harris, Ried Roshong and Spencer Maddox to take third in the 4x400 (3:38.88). Harris added a third-place finish in the 400 (53.10), while Zach Harkey took third in the discus (146-8).
The Willard boys had a pair of second-place finishes and two third-place finishes, as Cory Barnett was runner-up in the 800 (2:09.31) and Colton Roberts took second in the discus (165-7). Evan Buss was third in the shot put (49-2), while Jordan Sivongsac was third in the long jump (19-8).