WILLIAMSTOWN -The record-breakers just happened to double as meet champions during Tuesday's 25th annual Bill Fenton Memorial Relays at Williamstown High School.
In the only two meet records set last night, Parkersburg High's foursome of Lauren Maloney, Mackenzie Sims, Lauren Leaman and Sarah Bever broke a standard that had lasted for 12 years in the shuttle hurdle relays.
Even with Sims slightly nicked up and a fifth member (Tiffany Cline) absent because she was receiving an academic honor, the Big Reds turned in a time of 1:04.88, which eclipsed the old mark of 1:05.90 -also set by a Big Red foursome in 2002.
Photo by Kerry Patrick
Kayla Harmon of Parkersburg High and Allison Currey of Parkersburg Sourh run side-by-side in the 4 by 1600 competition at the Fenton Relays Tuesday night in Williamstown. PHS went on to win the race and the girls team title while the South boys prevailed.
Placing three seconds back for runner-up honors was Williamstown at 1:07.71.
"The shuttle hurdle relay is a team effort all the way - they are very encouraging of one another," PHS coach Leah Fleek said. "I had an inkling we could set a meet record. They've been working on bringing that time down and working toward breaking records each meet.
"I'm hoping for good things the rest of the season. Winning the state meet is their ultimate goal, and they have that capability."
By adding wins in the high jump relay, 4 by 1600 and 4 by 800, Parkersburg was able to successfully defend its Fenton Relay title. The Big Reds finished with 88.5 points compared to 67 for second-place Cabell Midland.
"We were really looking forward to breaking the meet record because we knew could," said PHS junior Sarah Bever, who also set the pace among the individuals in the high jump with a leap of 5-2. "I wasn't on my 'A' game in the high jump. My best if 5-4 so I am hoping I can get back to that."
On the boys side, Parkersburg South dominated with 84 points and captured a team title for the first time since 2011 when the Patriots won the big school division. Runner-up honors went to Williamstown with 68.
The field has been lumped into one division for both boys and girls for the past three years.
South's crowning achievement occurred in the discus relay. Dylon Rippeto, Stoney Nolan and Tim Ferguson occupied three of the top four places and combined for an effort of 428 feet, 1 inch. Belpre's 1995 contingent owned the old mark of 419-3. Rippeto set the pace with a winning distance of 159-7.
Finishing in a distant second place was Williamstown at 355-6.
Parkersburg South nearly set a new standard in the shuttle hurdle relay. The foursome of Jimmy Kemp, Micah Boles, Vincent Scalise and Josh Enoch clocked a 1:00.99 - just a few seconds shy of the 2004 South crew which finished in 58.6 seconds.
The Patriots added victories in the long jump relay, high jump relay, shot put relay, the 4 by 400 and the 4 by 200. Leading South's efforts in the long jump was Anthony Bibbs, who turned in the best individual effort of 21-0, topping runner-up Aaron Elliott of Marietta by a foot and 6 inches.
Another South individual took individual honors, this time in the high jump as Erin DeGraef cleared 6-2. Lurking in the shadows and placing in a tie for second place were Marietta's Aaron Elliott and Zachary Cottrill of Doddridge County.
Rippeto edged Doddridge County's Isaac Britton for individual honors in the shot put after going 45-10.