CAMERON (April 16, 2013) » Chillicothe High School swept the team titles in Tuesday's Cameron Invitational track-and-field meet, the Hornets using a very strong showing in the field events to power them to their first "official" team title of this spring.
Winless in any of the races, the Hornets got a sweep of the weight throws by senior Alec Whiteside, a 1-3 finish from senior David Hershberger and freshman Jesse Miller in the high jump, and a 2-3 finish by Jared Cox and Matt Shaffer in the pole vault to rack up 137 team points, 17 more than runnerup Lathrop.
The Lady Hornets made it two for three officially and three for four effectively – in terms of meet titles earned so far in 2013 – as they recorded 138 team points in yesterday's competition. Using their usual broad-based scoring approach, the Chillicothe girls outdistanced runnerup Trenton by 29 points.
Even without competing in the 400-meters relay, an event they won in each of their first three meets, Lady Hornets prevailed in six events to power their triumph.
As usual, junior hurdler Erin Gilliland swept both of those races, while classmates Paige Peters and Lexi Snyder won the shot put and triple jump, respectively. Chillicothe's other two girls' wins were in the 1,600- and 3,200-meters relays. On the 1,600 squad were Claire Chapman, Ali Stephens, Madison Williams, and Gilliland; on the 3,200 unit were Erin Campbell, Rebecca Stull, Stephens, and C. Chapman.
For the Hornets, Whiteside's pair of wins and Hershberger's single victory were the only firsts claimed, but Chillicothe scored at least a bit in all 12 races, then really piled up the points off-track.
In the height-clearing events, Hershberger and Miller provided 16 points from the high jump and Cox and Shaffer 14 from the pole vault for a total of 30.
With Connor Bonderer sixth in the shot put and Caleb Stull seventh in the discus throw, CHS racked up 25 points combined from those two events.
In the distance jumps, Zach Alperin earned second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump for 13 tallies.
Add them up and that's 68 points – a sliver under half of the team's total – from just one third of the events.
The Chillicothe High thinclads are next due to compete in the Mineral Water Classic at Excelsior Springs Friday.