McDERMOTT — Not even a 77-minute rain delay could slow down the Wheelersburg and South Webster track teams at the SOC Championships Wednesday at Northwest High School
Both the Pirates and Jeeps took home boys and girls championships in SOC Division II and I respectively, with two of the title contests coming down to the night's final races.
The tightest contest of the evening was the girls Division I battle with South Webster's 96 points being enough for a two-point win over Oak Hill.
Lady Jeep Kayla Cook took the high-point mark, winning the 800m run, 1600m run, and 3200m run en route to scoring 32.5 points.
"I knew it was going to be a dog fight,” South Webster girls coach Ryan Willis said. "We took a couple risks and the girls believed in what our plan was and they went out and got the job done. It's just wonderful."
The Jeeps also took the boys Division I title, in much less dramatic fashion, more than doubling second place Notre Dame's score with their 77.5 points.
The title was the 11th straight for the Jeeps.
"It's a credit to our kids," Jeep coach Tim Conley said. "The kids come out and they work hard and a lot of people don't realize what it takes to get to this level. All the credit goes to the kids."
Wheelersburg took its third consecutive boys and girls titles Wednesday night. For the boys, it was No. 20 in head coach Gary Johnson's career.
"I'm really pleased," Johnson said. "I've got a bunch of young kids. We don't have very many seniors on the team. It is tough to win this meet without seniors but the kids stepped up... We only won one event, but we just out-depthed everyone. We drop to D-III next year and should be pretty tough with everyone back."
The Lady Pirates took the top spot in the SOC II.
"It feels pretty good," Wheelersburg coach Paul Boll said. "Halfway through the meet, we were a half-point behind Waverly. They made it really interesting. Our girls were able to pick it up and we pulled away in the last five or six events."
Providing a boost to the Lady Pirates was Sadie Ruby. Ruby took the top spot in the 300m hurdles, following it up by winning the next race — the 400m dash.
Minford's Ethan Butcher took the boys high-point mark with 23.75 points. Butcher won the 200m and 400m dashes and was on a pair of 2nd place relay teams.