PARKERSBURG - Senior Chandler Hamilton wasted little time in rewriting the record book at Parkersburg High School.
Three races into his final season the speedster had already added a pair of records to his resume as he broke both the 100 and 200 meter dash marks at the Clear Channel/Kim Nutter Invitational at Stadium Field Friday night.
"I owe all of the credit to this guy (first year head coach Rod O'Donnell) right here," Hamilton said within moments of breaking Antwan Sorrells' (Woodrow Wilson) mark of 10.86 seconds set in 2002. "I've been running indoor since December so this is just a progression of what I was able to do there."
Photo by Jim Butta
Parkersburg’s Chandler Hamilton, center, explodes out of the blocks at the start of the 100-meter dash with John Marshall’s Seth Feiock, left, and Parkersburg’s Dan Fox at Friday’s Clear Channel/Kim Nutter Invitational. Hamilton set a meet record in both the 100 and 200 as the Big Reds swept both team titles.
It actually was the senior's second record of the night as Hamilton posted a 22.43 second clocking in the preliminaries of the 200 meter dash. That time eclipsed the old mark of 22.84 set by the Big Reds' Justin Howe in 2009.
Sweeping the team titles for the second year in a row were the Big Reds as Sarah Bever's meet-high 14.25 points led the girls to a 79.5-54.5 victory over Wheeling Park while Chandler Hamilton's meet-high 12.5 points propelled the boys to a 85-62 win over the Patriots.
The Big Red girls took a 16-10 lead into the break thanks to a 1-2 finish in the 400 meter dash by Lauren Leaman (1:02.54) and Hannah Bailey (1:02.59) and 3200 meter run by Jordan Waters (13:37.72) and Jennifer Parsons (14:15.49).
Parkersburg's Brandon McIntire's victory in the 400 meter dash (54.35) pulled the hosts back to within two points, 14-12, at the break.
Leah Fleek's Big Red girls continued to build on its advantage after the break as junior Whitney McAtee captured both the shot put (35-8) and discus (121-11) while Sarah Bever captured the high hurdles in a time of 15.68 seconds.
"This was my first real race since I fell at the regionals a year ago," said Bever. "This will really help build my confidence as we go into the season."
Bever wasn't the only Big Red to taste victory for the first time in the high hurdles as senior Landon Miller made his debut in the boys high hurdles and came away with a victory in a time of 15.14 seconds.
"This was my first time running these so I am very impressed with how I did," said Miller. "There is still a lot of room for improvement, but this was a great way to start."
Bever, who finished second in the high jump earlier in the meet, added a second victory when she crossed the finish line ahead of everyone else in the 300 meter lows in a time of 48.79 seconds.
The boys meet was in doubt until the 800 meter run when the Big Reds' Brandon McIntire (2:08.24), Trenton Allman (2:10.79) and Nic Cheuvront (2:16.17) finished 1-2-3.
Joining Hamilton in setting meet records was the girls shuttle hurdle foursome of Tiffany Cline, Lauren Maloney, Lauren Leaman and Bever, who covered the distance in 1:07.5.