On Saturday afternoon, the spring sports season kicked off across the state of Ohio. This is the beginning of a very important season due to the cancelation of spring sports last year. The MVAC is such a great league, the schools in the league go out of their way to work with each other. Yesterday was a perfect example of MVAC teamwork.

Traditionally, track season opens on the last Saturday of March with one of the area’s largest track meets, the Joe Lane Invitational at Mineral Ridge High School. Unfortunately, Mineral Ridge was unable to host their yearly event at Mineral Ridge due to construction at Joe Lane Stadium for their new field turf. This caused concern that the event would not be able to run this year.

In a great gesture of league comradery, LaBrae High School stepped up to host the Joe Lane Invitational with cooperation of Mineral Ridge High School. The two schools combined to host the annual Joe Lane Invitational to kick off the spring sports season.

The Joe Lane Invitational continued its annual tradition of running its long standing invitational on what was a beautiful day to run a track & field event. Participating in the event were 8 schools from the MVAC. In addition to LaBrae and Mineral Ridge, MVAC schools also attending were: Brookfield, Liberty, Crestview, McDonald, Waterloo, and Lowellville.

McDonald boys won the event by holding off Mineral Ridge 134-100. While Crestview and Lowellville finished 3rd and 5th in the invitational. In the girls’ meet, McDonald and Mineral Ridge both finished in the top 5 behind the meet winner, West Branch.

Some key individual winners from the MVAC:

Boys 4×800 Meter Relay Champion McDonald

Girls 100 Meter Hurdles Champion Naomi Domitrovich (McDonald)

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles Champion William Hardenbrook (Crestview)

Boys 100 Meter Dash Champion Ethan Powell (Crestview)

Boys 4×200 Meter Relay Champion Crestview

Boys 1600 Meter Run Champion Brody Rupe (McDonald)

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay Champion Mineral Ridge

Boys 400 Meter Dash Champion Sam Blauser (Liberty)

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles Champion Triston Weiss (Mineral Ridge)

Boys 800 Meter Run Champion Brody Rupe (McDonald)

Boys 200 Meter Dash Champion Ethan Powell (Crestview)

Girls 3200 Meter Run Champion Megan Hipple (McDonald)

Boys 3200 Meter Run Champion Timmy Pappagallo (Mineral Ridge)

Boys 4×400 Meter Relay Champion McDonald

Girls Discus Champion Mara Kujala (LaBrae)

Boys Discus Champion Ryan Henry (McDonald)

Boys High Jump Champion William Hardenbrook (Crestview)

Boys Long Jump Champion Haden Gibson (Brookfield)

Girls Shot Put Champion Krista Perry (Crestview)

Boys Shot Put Champion Ryan Henry (McDonald)

All results can be seen on baumspage at https://www.baumspage.com/track/mineralridge/2021/2021%20Results.pdf