Ritchie County boys win team title

WILLIAMSTOWN – Two locals earned high-point honors here Saturday at the 8th annual Ryan Jobes Spring Special while the Ritchie County boys and the Hurricane girls walked away with the team titles.

The Ritchie County boys of head coach Rick Haught received 29.5 points from high-point winner Jessie Hilvers and topped runner-up and defending champion Williamstown, 126-98. Two-time defending RJSS girls champion Williamstown finished with 115 points and had to settle for second place behind Hurricane’s winning effort of 122.

“I was proud of our kids today. They came out and competed very well,” said Haught, whose team won at the Williamstown meet for the first time in school history.

Williamstown’s Jessie Kerns shared high-point honors at 20.5 with University’s Sydney Dotson. The Yellowjackets didn’t have the services of Madelin Gardner. Also, Andrea Chidester didn’t run the finals of the 200 after setting a new meet record in the preliminaries with a 26.29, which broke the old mark of 26.51 set last year by Waterford’s Ally Rohrer.

“Her hamstring was a little tight,” said WHS girls head coach Zach Hall. “We’re not going to risk that. She means too much.”

The only other meet record was established by University’s Amelia Paladino as the junior finished the 800 in 2:20.16. She broke the 2007 mark held by former UHS Hawks standout Amber Riley, who ran 2:21.15.

Hilvers had winning efforts in both the 400 (52.82) and the 300 hurdles (41.10). He also was runner-up to Scott’s Will Shaffer in the 800.

Shaffer, who won the 3200 with a time of 9:45.49, bested Hilvers in the 800 – 2:04.54 to 2:07.05.

Rebel teammate Jayden Allender joined Hilvers as one of four boys to claim a pair of victories at the Jack Jones Track and Field Facility.

Allender not only won the high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 2 inches, but he also clocked in at 16.11 to win the 110 hurdles going away. Williamstown’s Evan Smith went 125-5 in the discus and 46-5 in the shot to produce 20 points for the hosts. Yellowjacket Mitchell Goertler claimed the pole vault with a winning height of 12 feet.

Magnolia’s Stephen Rogalski blistered the track en route to posting victories in the 100 (10.86) and 200 (22.81). His clocking in the 100 was just off the meet record of 10.8 set back in 1998 by Eric Drummond, who still holds the meet record in the 200 at 22.4.

St. Marys’ Dylan Fetty (19-9, long jump) and George Washington’s Matt Brafford (4:34.0, 1600) were also individual event victors.

Kerns’ lone win came in the 100 hurdles (15.82) and she finished runner-up in the 300 hurdles to Hurricane’s Audrey Barber (49.52-50.68). Kerns also ran the opening leg on the Yellowjackets’ first place shuttles team, which with the help of Erica Amos, Kimarie Beaver and Lincoln Postlewaite topped the field with a time of 1:12.23. Dotson won the 200 by finishing in 27.42 and was runner-up to Chidester (12.54) in the 100. Chidester also captured the long jump title thanks to a leap of 15 feet, 10 inches.

The host ‘Jackets also received winning efforts from Postlewaite in the pole vault (10-0) and Megan Steele in the high jump (5-0).

Jocelyn Mullens (32-9.25, shot put), Emily Schwendiman (11:25.69, 3200) and Joanna Johnston (5:30.18, 1600) also had first place showings for the champion Redskins. George Washington’s Lillie Jacobs won the discus with a heave of 100 feet flat and Weir’s Chantelle Harper sped to a win in the 400 past Wirt County’s Morgan Litton, 1:04.42 to 1:06.33.

The Williamstown quartet of Ciara Flowers, Allie Robinson, Cami Mossor and Carley Ellison captured the 4 by 400 (4:27.10). Ritchie County’s Janessa Adams, Amanda Davis, Mykayla Garrett and Tanya Jones went 1:54.68 to win the 4 by 200. University won the 4 by 800 (10:07.88) and Weir captured the 4 by 100 (54.27) crown.

Head coach Doak Markley’s Yellowjacket boys won the 4 by 100 (46.05) and 4 by 200 (1:36.84) with the same foursome – Mathew Zlatkind, Jarric Hoskins, Trevor Anderson and the anchor Goertler. Hoskins, Goertler, Anderson and anchor Evan Fowler finished with a winning time of 3:40.16 in the 4 by 400.

Hurricane captured the shuttles with a time of 1:05.57 and University’s clocking of 8:39.24 topped the field in the 4 by 800.