PHS sweeps Kim Nutter championships

PARKERSBURG – On the highways speed is known to kill, but on the track, it can help your team win.

That was the case Friday night at Stadium Field as the host Big Red boys unleashed its speed over the race’s final four races to pull out a 184-165 win over defending Class A champion Doddridge County at the Kim Nutter/Camden Clark Medical Center Classic.

Trailing by 25 with only four events remaining, Parkersburg’s Andrew Lyons, Nick Cheavront and Gage Graham finished 1, 2 and 4 in the 800 meter run to bring the hosts back to within 11 points, 155-144.

A deficit that was completely erased one race later when junior Chandler Hamilton captured the 200 meter dash in a time of 23.82 seconds and teammates Adam Lindamood and Ben Umpleby placed third and fourth, respectively to give the Big Reds 20 more points to vault them into the lead for good at 164-157. Parkersburg, which was defending the title it won a year ago, finished the night with wins in the shuttle hurdle and 4 by 400 meter relays while the Bulldogs, which received a meet high 32 points from Zach Cottrill, managed only a pair of fourth place finishes.

Finishing third in the team race with 72 points was Parkersburg South followed by Hampshire (52), John Marshall (45) and Wahama (32). Buckhannon-Upshur, the defending girls champion, and Wheeling Park failed to show up for the opening meet of the season.

In addition to his win in the 200, Hamilton picked up a win in the 100 meter dash (11.36) and anchored the Big Reds’ winning 4 by 100 (47.13) and 4 by 200 (1:33.79) meter relays.

Other local individual event winners included the Bulldogs’ Cottrill (400, 800), Caleb Moore (1600, 3200), Daniel Plaugher (110 highs, 300 intermediates), Marty Lipscomb (shot put) and Dyllon Haynes (pole vault) and Parkersburg’s Brandon Pethel (discus) and Daniel Fox (long jump).

With Buckhannon-Upshur and Wheeling Park electing not to return, the race for the team title became a wide open affair.

Making the most of the situation was Leah Fleek’s Big Reds as Parkersburg returned to the top of his own meet since the 2004 opener. Parkersburg finished with 150 points to outdistance runnerup Hampshire by 49 points (101).

Sophomores Whitney McAtee and Sarah Bever led the way with a pair of individual titles. McAtee proved to be too much for the rest of the field in the shot put (34-1) and discus (111-7) while Bever took home individual honors in the high jump (5-2) and 100 meter high hurdles (15.97).

Joining her Bulldog teammate as the meet’s high scorer was Doddridge County’s D’Andra Swiger. The senior captured the 300 meter low hurdles (46.24) and long jump (16-8.5), finished second in the high jump (5-2) and anchored the Dogs’ fourth place 4 by 400 meter relay team to finish with 28.5 points.

Also winning a pair of events was Wahama’s Kelsey Zuspan. The White Falcons standout proved to be too fast in both the 100 (13.42) and 200 (27.52) meter dashes. Other local individual winners included Parkersburg South’s Allison Currey (1600) and Doddridge County’s Chelsey Randolph (pole vault).

Finishing third in the team race was Doddridge County with 97 points followed by John Marshall (92), Parkersburg South (60), and Wahama (35).