Oakwood girls track makes it six straight SWBL division titles

Oakwood's girls track team celebrates its sixth straight SWBL championship Saturday in West Milton. Seniors Courtney Eggelston (second row, far left) and Abby Eifert (holding trophy, headband) each scored 30 points in the meet. The Jills edged Bellbrook by 2 1/2 points. Head coach is Mark Stiver (center back).
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Oakwood's girls track team celebrates its sixth straight SWBL championship Saturday in West Milton. Seniors Courtney Eggelston (second row, far left) and Abby Eifert (holding trophy, headband) each scored 30 points in the meet. The Jills edged Bellbrook by 2 1/2 points. Head coach is Mark Stiver (center back).

WEST MILTON – In an effort to pull out their first victory over Bellbrook, the Oakwood High School girls track team gathered before the league meet for some tough-love talk Saturday.

Point received.

Actually, 174 of them. The Jills rallied for their sixth straight Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division championship with a 174-171.5 victory over the Golden Eagles.

“Our senior class has won the last four and it would be sad to leave without winning,” said senior Courtney Eggleston, who won the 200-meter dash and finished second in the 100 and shot put. “We had a real heart to heart (before the meet). We said every single point counts. If you think you’re going to come in sixth you need to come in fifth.”

Oakwood won five events, including a pair from senior Abby Eifert.

Eifert – running with shin splints – won the 110-meter hurdles and long jump. She also skipped her Ohio Galaxy state semifinal soccer match. She’ll rejoin the Galaxy tomorrow for the title game.

“I will, if I can move,” she said.

The Jills, already missing dominant distance runner Mary Kate Vaughn, saw injured junior Elizabeth Ordeman turn in a gutsy effort to win the 1,600. Sophomore Emily Worley added to the title haul with a victory in the 400.

“There was definitely pressure because we knew we had a strong senior class, but we’ve been dealing with injuries,” Eifert said.

“I tried to convince myself before the meet I was going to feel fine running four events today. I knew I had to do better than my seed time (from Thursday). … Everyone played a role and every point made a difference.”

Oakwood’s next challenge is the district meet next Wednesday and Friday at Welcome Stadium. The Jills moved up to Division I, missing competing in D-II by eight girls in the OHSAA enrollment breakdown.

“District is going to be tough since it’s our first season in Division I,” Eifert said. “But I think we have a lot of individuals that can move onto regionals.”

In other highlights from the meet:

  • *Dixie won the Buckeye boys title, led by first-place finishes from junior Joseph Nevels in the 300 hurdles and junior Cameron Coffman in the shot put. The 400 relay team also won.
  • Valley View won the Soutwestern boys title. Sophomore Collin Genslinger won the 100 and junior Micah Matheson the pole vault. The 400 and 800 relay teams also won.
  • Waynesville won the Buckeye girls division. Senior Alison Coleman won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, Senior Brooke Lezotte won the 200 dash and 300 hurdles, junior Emily O'Connor won the 800 and sophomore Madison Dietz the long jump.
  • Milton-Union sophomore Shannon Milnickel swept the 1,600 and 3,200 and was on the winning 3,200 relay in the Buckeye. He also finished second in the 800 to Waynesville junior Max Austin by 0.06 seconds.
  • Milton-Union sophomore Beyonce Bobbitt swept the Buckeye throws by winning the discus and shot put.
  • Dixie junior Maddison Swigart captured first in the 100 and 400 for the Greyhounds.