South boys, PHS girls win

PARKERSBURG – Chandler Hamilton swept his way to victories in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and teammates Evan Rhodes and Landon Miller finished one-two in both the 110 meter highs and 300 meter intermediate hurdles, but it was not enough as host Parkersburg South outscored their crosstown rivals by a 68-1 margin in the field events to capture the team title at the Erickson All-Sports Invitational Friday night.

The Big Reds, behind the efforts of its sprinters and hurdlers, made a late run at their county rivals, but came up short, 136-111.

Senior Dylon Rippeto led the Patriots to victory on their senior night with wins in the shot put (44-6) and discus (149-1) while juniors Evan DeGraef and Anthony Bibbs took top honors in the high jump (6-0) and long jump (20-2.75), respectively.

The Patriots were not as dominant in the girls division as senior Kasey Williams captured the 100 (12.56) and 200 meter (26.76) dashes and anchored South’s winning 4 by 100 and 4 by 200 meter relays, but it was not enough as Parkersburg came away with a 132-129 victory.

“We really wanted this meet for the seniors,” said Williams. “We’ve been chasing them (PHS) all season long. We haven’t beaten them, yet, but we’re getting closer.”

One-two finishes by Lauren Leaman and Lauren Maloney in the 100 meter highs and 300 meter lows propelled the Big Reds to their second win of the week – Parkersburg took team honors at the Fenton Relays in Williamstown on Tuesday.

“We were missing some important runners tonight, but we have a very good team,” Leaman said. “We knew it would be tough, but we have a lot of faith in our teammates and they pulled together for the win.”

Leaman, who was running the high hurdles for the first time, edged out her teammate with a time of 16.33 seconds in the shorter race and then pulled away from Maloney late to win the 300 lows with a time of 48.9 seconds.

Williams, Leaman and Preston’s Kaitlynn Workman were the meet’s only triple winners. Workman, a senior, captured the 800 (2:30.85), 1600 (5:27.8) and 3200 (12:00.59) meter runs. Williams and Leaman tied for high point scorer with 32.5 points apiece.

Third place in the girls division went to Elkins with 70.17 points followed by Warren (54.17), Preston (47.5), Caldwell (45), Marietta (44.17), Parkersburg Catholic (22) and Wirt County (10).

High point honors in the boys division was decided by one half of a point as Rhodes came away with a 25-24.5 victory over Marietta’s Quinton Coffield, who finished second to Hamilton in both the 100 and 200 and placed third in the long jump.

Two meet records were set and they were both done by the Big Reds. Hamilton lowered the mark in the 100 meter dash with his time of 10.88 seconds while Rhodes’ 40.07 clocking in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles bettered the old meet mark.

Finishing third in the team race with 83 points was Marietta followed by Warren (74), Wirt County (45), Preston and Elkins (42) and Caldwell (21).