Big Red boys win regional track title
WHEELING -The Parkersburg boys track and field team won a total of eight events and walked off with the Class AAA, Region I championship Wednesday night at Wheeling Park.
The Big Reds’ Chandler Hamilton swept the sprints after winning both the 100 and 200, while Evan Rhodes nabbed two individual titles after winning the 300 hurdles and the 400.
Also crossing the finish line first and securing a berth at next week’s state meet in Charleston for PHS were Daniel Fox in the long jump and Austin Allman in the high jump, along with the 4 by 200 and shuttle hurdle relays.
PHS finished with 156 points compared to 116 points from runner-up Wheeling Park. South, which took first place in three events, finished in third place with 91 points. The Patriots earned victories with Logan Cox in the 110 hurdles and Dylan Rippeto sweeping the throws (shot put and discus).
The bottom line was about advancing to state and South moved on with the 4 by 200 (third place), 4 by 400 (third), shuttle hurdle relay (second), Mackenzie White in the shot put (second), Cody Hively in the long jump (second), along with Evan DeGraef, who tied for second in the high jump.
The rest of the automatic state qualifiers for PHS included Adam Lindamood in the 200 (third), Nic Cheuvront in the 800 (second), Landon Miller in the 300 hurdles (third), the 4 by 100 relay (second), Brandon Pethtel in the discus (second), Kalani Williams in the long jump (third), Ethan Bussey in the pole vault (fourth), along with Adrian Webster and Seth Davidson who tied for second in the high jump.
On the girls side, Morgantown won the team title with 154 points. Parkersburg took fourth with 68 points and Parkersburg South was sixth with 43 points.
Outright wins for PHS individuals went to Whitney McAtee, who swept the throws (shot put and discus), and Sarah Bever who claimed the 300 hurdles and high jump titles. Also qualifying for state for the Big Reds were the 4 by 800 (second) and the shuttle hurdle relay (third).
Representing South in the winner’s circle was Jessica Hamrick in the pole vault. The Patriots also advanced in the 4 by 100 (third) and the 4 by 200 (third).