GARRETTSVILLE _ Although Tuesday afternoon's April showers may have dampened the Portage County League double-dual meet between host Garfield, Streetsboro and Waterloo somewhat, it had little effect on Chiara Chambers.
The 6-foot-0 Garfield senior easily set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 126 feet, 9 inches, surpassing her old school mark of 125 which she established last year in the districts.
Chambers' feat was the shining moment of an otherwise dreary afternoon at Garfield.
"This is a sport where Hell or high water, you are going to run... And we had high water," said Garfield boys and girls coach John Bennett. "It's the kind of thing where you really don't want to do it. But if you don't, you'll have to do it, another day. Even though our stats are in shambles, we won't have to do it another day."
Bennett's teams overall did well. His boys ran past both the Rockets (100-14) and the Vikings (99-15). Meanwhile, the G-Men girls defeated Streetsboro 101-27, but fell to Waterloo 68-60.
The Viking girls also got past Streetsboro 89-35 while the Waterloo boys fell to Streetsboro 74.5-38.5.
"I thought it would be close with Waterloo (girls)," said Bennett of his team's eight-point loss to the Vikings. "(Waterloo coach) Frank Rossi always does a nice job with what he has. He says his numbers are down, but I knew they would still be in the hunt with us."
With the exception of Chambers' record discus toss and her first-place finish in the shot (34-91/2), Rossi's girls gained valuable points in the field competition, scoring nine points in the high jump and eight more in the long jump.
Waterloo's Sarah Schultz, Alecia Jarvis and Sheri (?) Spiegle each cleared 4-4 to win the high jump. Chambers also cleared that distance, but she had one miss jump which cost her a share of the first spot. Jarvis then came back and won the long jump with a leap of 12-10 3/4 while teammate Jessica Eichler took second.
Stacey Van Horn took charge on the track for the Vikings, winning four events including the 100 meters and the 300-meter hurdles.
"It was a wet day and we responded well," commented Rossi. "The meet was pretty much how I saw it. We did well. I tried to make sure we had it won before the mile relay (which Garfield won). I'm happy with what we did."
On the boys' side, Bennett praised the efforts of John Oliver and Rob Seton in particular.
Oliver won four events including the high jump and the 300-meter hurdles.
"He's doing some phenomenal things," said Bennett. "He's one of the top, if not the top hurdler, in the league. And one of the top high jumpers in the league. He just set a school record last week. He attempted to break it today, but the footing wasn't very good."
Meanwhile, Seton excelled in the field events winning the discus (115-9) and the shot (41-6). His performance thus far this young season has caught his coach's attention.
"Rob Seton has been a diamond in the rough. He's really come along in the shot and the discus," said Bennett. "He hasn't thrown in a couple of years. He's really helping us."
Kyle Paul and Andy Ellerhorst also were victorious in four events for Garfield.