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MILLERSBURG -- West Holmes senior thrower Josh Goudy and the Knights sprinters had an outstanding day to lead the Knights to a third-place showing in the tightly contested Knights Invitational.
Indian Valley and Carrollton finished tied atop the 14-team field with 101 points, while West Holmes was right behind at 98. River View finished fourth at 84. Rittman rounded out the top 10 with 23 points, followed by Waynedale (22) and Loudonville (21).
Goudy was the winner of the discuss with a heave of 151-feet, 1-inch, and added a second in the shot put (50-4) to lead the Knights from the field.
"It's getting better. We started this season off pretty low and we're getting back to where it needs to be," Goudy said. "It's a great feeling to win at your own meet. That was my best throw yet this year, but it's about 16 feet off of my personal best.
"I've just got to keep coming to practice and working on my form," the senior continued. "That's the biggest thing. When I get my form back, the distance will come."
Brayden Chaney picked up West Holmes' only other win on the day with a 23.15 in the 200.
Jonathan Kandel gave the Knights a second-place showing in the 800-meter run (2:03.98), to go with a second in the 4x400, teaming with Grady Hay, Matt Chanay and Chaney (3:37.02) and a third in the 4x800 with Travett Boughman, Ethan Raber and Jackson Iamarino (9:02.25).
The 4x100 team of Michael Taylor, Brandon Zemrock, Boughman and Chaney finished third and the 4x200 team of Zemrock, Boughman, Hay and Terrell Yoder finished fourth.
"The 4x4 team continues to improve, and I'm pleased with all of the relays," said West Holmes coach Ty Harris. "We've had some kids come back from spring-break vacations, and they're having some success. Many of our athletes are pushing regional and state times."
Also picking up points for the Knights were Ethan Kinsey and Jacob Goudy, who placed third and sixth in the high jump with leaps of 5-8 and 5-6, respectively.
Loudonville's Shawn Swindall took fourth in the high jump (5-6) with teammate Justin Pryor right behind, also with a height of 5-6. Kyle Clady finished fifth in the shot (42-6).
Swindall took second in the long jump, soaring 18-10 1/2, edging the Knights' Michael Taylor (18-10 1/4) and Kinsey (18-8).
Rittman's Dedric Isaac placed third in the discus with a throw of 138-01.
Other Indians who enjoyed a solid showing at West Holmes were senior distance man Zack Zampa, who ran fourth in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200. Pole vaulter Mikey McDermott took third with a jump of 13-6.
"This was my first outdoor meet, and I'm pretty happy to get as close to my PR as I did," said the sophomore vaulter, who cleared 13-7 at indoor state.
Hay (12-6) placed seventh and Matt Chanay (12-0) eighth in the pole vault for the host Knights.
Waynedale was led by Michael Murphy's second place in the 100 (11:54) and a third in the 200 (23.76). Derek Reber placed fifth in the 300 hurdles and Jacob Burkholder finished seventh in the 800. The Golden Bears' 4x800 quartet of Luke McCreary, Phillip Wyatt, Kyle McDowell and Carson Ledford took seventh, ahead of the Indians' Troy Hartzler, Eli Vale, Jon-Luc LaBouf and Clayton Helton.
Also scoring for West Holmes were Taylor with a sixth in the 100 and Chanay an eighth in the 400. Chanay also finished fourth in the 110 hurdles and Kinsey added a sixth in the 300 sticks.
"We basically have two seasons. We push for the conference and then go as far as we can after that," Harris said. "We love the competition here. Good competition always helps us. We're improving. We're in the top team picture. We've just got to keep working on sprints and continue to be competitive."
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.