Diane Neighbarger and Tom Neigbarger directed Lakeview and Champion, respectively, to titles at the Lakeview Relays.
By DOUG CHAPIN
CORTLAND -- Tom and Diane Neighbarger had to take turns telling each other Saturday what a good day they'd experienced.
The husband and wife couple both coached winning teams in the rain-soaked sixth edition of the Lakeview Relays.
Diane, it's assumed, had the last word since her Lakeview girls won outright, while Tom's Champion boys tied for first with Garfield Heights Trinity.
"I don't think we expected to win," Diane Neighbarger said of her team, which out-pointed Girard, 75-62, for the title.
"We have some experienced upperclassmen who have been running well and we've got some freshmen who have put up some good times. All of our girls are pushing each other."
Tom Neighbarger also was somewhat surprised by the result.
"My kids performed better than what I thought they would," he said. "Overall, I'm pretty pleased how the kids performed."
Wins: Champion got wins in the 800-meter relay with Adam Wargo, Brandon Blosser, Mike Fox and Zak Elioff; the distance medley relay with Craig Allen, Elioff, Mike Chapin and Ryan Petrick; and the long jump with Chapin, Eric Minton and Jason Bacher.
The Flashes showed their depth, placing in the top six in all but one of the 12 events.
"In a relays event, you get to try some different things to see what works," Tom Neighbarger said. "You switch things around and get to see some other kids."
Diane Neighbarger shares that philosophy for a relays meet.
"We had only one girl who competed in three events, and we ran a lot of young kids without much experience," she said.
"Our performance today is getting us excited. We know we have a lot of combinations to work with. Hopefully, we can put the right ones together."
Led the way: Lakeview's throwers led the way, winning both the shot put and discus events.
Heather Lewis and Christina Martin were in both events. Whitney Keyser threw the discus for Lakeview and Sarah Arbuckle the shot put.
The Bulldogs also had four second places.
Badger's Ashley Miller, Tessa Bonar, Christine Miller and Amanda Myers won the 6400 relay, the 3200 relay and the distance medley relay.
Runner-up Girard's Stephanie Scarnecchia, Cachet Murray, Erin Walters and Jenny Sopkovich won the 400 and sprint medley relays.
Walters also teamed with Kristen Evans, Mandy Davis and Candy Davis to win the hurdle relay, and Murray teamed with Tealle Hunkus and Nicole Hart to win the high jump.
Ursuline's Tiffany Walsh and Cierra Bennett were members of the winning long jump and 1600 relay teams.
Mallory Zappa also long jumped for the Irish and Amber Miller and Jessica Kausits were part of the 1600 team.
Irish hurdlers win: In the boys meet, Ursuline won the hurdle relay with Dave Simon, Tim Vidale, Adam Chatman and Aaron Bagnola. The Irish also tied for first in the 400 relay with Vidale, Terrell Washington, Simeon Anderson and Chatman.
Lakeview tied Ursuline in the 400 relay with Neil Fiest, Matt Shaw, Sam Malmisur and Jarred Grzywna. The Bulldogs also won the high jump with Josh Province, Trevor Mathews and Ryan Kuppler. Girard's Patrick Jiles, Adam Fill, Kevin Hetrick and Scott Maderitz captured the sprint medley relay