Vevay Newspapers Champions: Southwestern’s girls track and field team includes (from left) Jayla Watson, Ashley Reardon, Bethani Kleopfer, Nadia Moore, Savannah Hubbard, Morgan Mahoney, Rachel Taylor and Savannah Rueda. (Submitted photo)
Vevay Newspapers Champions: Southwestern’s girls track and field team includes (from left) Jayla Watson, Ashley Reardon, Bethani Kleopfer, Nadia Moore, Savannah Hubbard, Morgan Mahoney, Rachel Taylor and Savannah Rueda. (Submitted photo)
Switzerland County's boys and Southwestern's girls both won championships at the Vevay Newspaper Track and Field Invitational in Vevay on Wednesday.

The host Pacers won nine events led by Clint Swanson, who had four wins and was named the meet's Most Valuable Runner. Switzerland's 166 points easily out-distanced runner-up Rising Sun (116).

"The guys did a great job tonight. We continue to improve and change up our roster trying to get the best results that we can," Switzerland boys coach Sean McGarvey said. "I want to give a special congratulations to Clint Swanson who was named the Most Valuable Runner this evening."

On the girls side, Southwestern won eight events and scored 133 points to edge Switzerland County by nine points. The Lady Rebels' Morgan Mahoney was named the MVR on the strength of four wins.

"I am so impressed with this group of girls. To win an invitational with eight girls is amazing," Southwestern coach Jenny Laws said. "Several girls have stepped up and taken on events for the good of the team."

Boys Meet

Clint Swanson won his two marquee events, the 100-meter dash in 11.15 and the 200-meter dash in 22.81. The senior also won the long jump with a personal best 19 feet, 3.5 inches and teamed with Zack Rodgers, Ben Curran and Chase Richards to win the 400-meter relay in 48.13.

Braden Burk won the 800-meter run in 4:51, Ben Curran won the 300 hurdles in 44.4, and Alex Curran won the shot put at 42 feet, 1 inch to round out Switzerland's wins in individual events.

The Pacers also swept all three relays. T.J. White, Burk, Dakota Taylor and Justus Powell teamed up to win the 1600 relay in 3:48. White, Burk, Talen Taylor and Dakota Taylor won the 3200 relay in 9:20.

Other top finishes for the Pacers were: Burk, second, 1600 run, 4:51; Talen Taylor, second, 3200 run, 10:43; Ben Curran, second, 110 hurdles, 17.1 and third, high jump, 5-8; Alex Curran, second, long jump, 18-9.5 and second, high jump, 5-10; Rodgers, second, discus, 109-2; and Dakota Taylor, third, 100 hurdles, 18.06.

Top finishes for Southwestern's boys were: Austin Spray, Travis Higham, Brandon Arney and Stuart Bramer, second, 400 relay, 50.03; Higham, third, 100 dash, 12.13; Ryan Furnish, third, 800 run, 2:17.60 and third, 1600 run, 5:10.87; Austin Mikesell, third, discus, 103-11; Kotaro Imai, fourth, 3200 run, 11:43.90; Spray, Furnish, Arney and Michael Hedges, fourth, 1600 relay, 4:01.96; Spray, fifth, 400 dash, 59.55; Hedges, fifth, 1600 run, 5:34.24 and fifth, 3200 run, 12:22.6; and Bramer, fifth, shot put, 36-10.5.

Top finishers for Shawe's boys were: Jarrod Rampy, third, long jump, 18-4 and fifth, 300 hurdles, 47.63; 3200 relay, third, 10:38; Aczael Rios, fourth, long jump, 17-9.5 and sixth, 200 dash, 26.90; Skip Maas, fourth, 400 dash, 57.90; and 400 relay, fourth, 50.49.

Top finishes for Carroll County's boys were: Taylor Byrd, second, 400 dash, 56.61; and Cody Osborne, third, 300 hurdles, 47.00 and sixth, 110 hurdles, 19.01.

Girls Meet

Morgan Mahoney won all three sprint races as well as one relay to pace Southwestern's winning effort in the girls meet.

Mahoney, a senior, took the 100 dash in 13.39, the 200 dash in 27.96 and the 400 dash in 1:04.63. She then teamed with Savannah Hubbard, Savannah Rueda and Nadia Moore to win the 1600 relay in 4:33.27.

Hubbard won the 300 hurdles in 51.19 and the long jump at 14 feet, 10.5 inches. Rueda won the 800 run in 2:35.77 and Bethani Kleopfer won the shot put at 36 feet, 1 inch.

Other top finishes for the Lady Rebels were: Nadia Moore, second, 200 dash, 29.68, second, 400 dash, 1:06.94 and second, high jump, 4-8; Savannah Hubbard, second, 100 hurdles, 17.32; Savannah Rueda, third, 1600 run, 6:01.25; and Bethani Kleopfer, third, discus, 75-3.

Switzerland County's girls managed only two wins but had 14 podium finishes and nearly pulled off the team win.

Olivia Hewitt won the high jump at 4 feet, 8 inches and Hewitt joined with Jade Mullins, Emily White and Robin Furnish to win the 3200 relay in 11:48.

"Counting individual splits in the relay events the Lady Pacers scored 17 season best performances tonight, which is exactly what you want to see this time of year," Switzerland girls coach Adam Pietrykowski said. "This is a team that is improving, working hard, and they are going to break through soon."

Other top finishes for the Lady Pacers were: Megan Dasis, second, 100 dash, 13.42 and third, long jump, 13-11.5; Emily White, second, 800 run, 2:41.47; Robin Furnish, second, 3200 run, 13:26; Paige Sawyer, second, 300 hurdles, 51.27 and third, 100 dash, 13.82; Eve Galbreath, second, shot put, 31-25 and third, 100 hurdles, 17.69; Jade Mullins, Bre Ricketts, Sawyer and White, second, 1600 relay, 4:34.53; Mullins, third, 200 dash, 30.27 and third, 400 dash, 1:09.14; Paige Ridener, third, 3200 run, 13:39.46; and Ricketts, third, high jump, 4-6.

Top finishes for Shawe were: Bailey Wolfe, fourth, 200 dash, 30.74; Carolyn Wehner, fourth, 400 run, 1:10.50 and sixth, 800 run, 2:53.57; and Laura Hesse, sixth, 3200 run, 15:13.67.

Top finishes for Carroll County were: Ashley Srouder, third, shot put, 28-85 and fourth, discus, 26-7; and Stevie Ogburn, sixth, 100 dash, 14.74.

Team scores from the boys meet were: Switzerland Co. 166; Rising Sun 116; Southwestern 48; Jac-Cen-Del 46; Lawrenceburg 39; Shawe 28; Carroll County 15.

Team scores from the girls meet were: Southwestern 133; Switzerland Co. 124; Rising Sun 70; Jac-Cen-Del 61; Lawrenceburg 32; Shawe 11; Carroll Co. 11.

Carroll competes in the Grant County Invitational on Friday. Shawe and Switzerland compete Tuesday at Jac-Cen-Del. Southwestern hosts Charlestown and Christian Academy on Tuesday.