CHARLESTON - Parkersburg High School's boys track program -making a major resurgence under first-year head coach Rod O'Donnell, who was named by his peers as MSAC Track Coach of the Year -dominated the Mountain State Athletic Conference Meet, which ended late Friday night at Laidley Field.
Thanks once again to its strong contingent of sprinters and hurdles, the Big Reds amassed 100 points to win by a 28-point margin over runner-up George Washington.
Leading the way for PHS -as he has all season - was senior sprinter Chandler Hamilton, who managed to win both the 100 and 200, both by the slimmest of margins. Hamilton's clocking of 11.24 seconds in the 100 was just .06 better than his closest competition, while his 22.31 in the 200 got him to the finish line just .01 ahead of the runner-up. Hamilton was named MSAC Track Athlete of the Year by the league's caoches.
Hamilton completed a perfect meet by also participating on a pair of winning relays as he joined Landon Miller, Dan Fox and Logan Woodell in the 4 by 200 and Woodell, Andrew Lyons and Evan Rhodes in the 4 by 400.
The Big Reds also came out on top in all three hurdles races as Miller won the 110 high hurdles, Rhodes captured the 300 intermediate hurdles, setting a meet record of 38.40 seconds, then that duo teamed with Erik Musgrave and Noah Mancuso to win the shuttle hurdle relay.
Parkersburg got a pair of runner-up performances from Cheuvront in the 800 (1:58.38) and Fox in the long jump (20-6).
The Big Red girls placed third, tallying 77 points. Winfield came out on top with 11 followed by Hurricane with 96.
Sarah Bever led the way for PHS, winning both the 100 high hurdles (15.09) and the 300 hurdles, setting a meet record of 46.41 seconds. Bever also led Parkersburg's shuttle hurdle team to victory in a meet record time of 1:05.23 and placed in a tie for second in the high jump.
She was joined by Lauren Maloney, Tiffany Cline and Lauren Leaman. Leaman placed fourth in the 300 hurdles. Parkersburg got a third place finish in the 4 by 200 and 4 by 800 relay teams and and a fourth in the 4 by 400.
Belpre boys win
4th straight TVC crown
POMEROY, Ohio - Belpre's boys dominated the TVC Hocking Division championship track meet at Meigs High School Thursday night, winning 12 of 17 events to capture their fourth straight conference crown.
The Golden Eagles amassed 188 points to more than double the total of runner-up Eastern with 93. Wahama finished third with 66, Federal Hocking fourth with 51 and Waterford fifth with 47.
Belpre double-winners were Sam Petty in the 100 and 200, and Cray Sistrunk in the 800 and 1600, while winning single events were Matt Colvin in the 400, Kyle Windland in the 3200, Devin Daniell in the 300 hurdles, Matt Lopreste in the high jump and Cranston Johnston in the pole vault.
The Golden Eagles also claimed firsts in three of the four relays - the 4x800, 4x200 and 4x100,
On the girls' side, Eastern took the team title with 174 points, followed by Waterford with 133, Federal with 81 and Belpre with 72 as the Golden Eagle girls won both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.