Clean Sweep for Big Reds’ track and field
PHS teams take Russ Parsons Invite
PARKERSBURG — Host Parkersburg swept the team titles here Saturday inside Stadium Field at the 21st annual Russ Parsons Invitational and Parkersburg South’s Chris Elschlager won two events en route to earning high-point honors.
Elschlager joined Big Red Ian Domenick as the only boys to capture two victories apiece. The senior Patriot went 20 feet, 5 inches in the long jump and defeated teammate Haden McConnell in the 110 hurdles (16.15 to 16.35). Domenick won the 800 and the mile with times of 2:04.12 and 4:31.06, respectively. The red and white also had a runner-up finish in each event from Benjamin Lake while Anthony Bradford was third in the 800 and Keegan Barnette was also third in the 1600.
Overall, the Big Reds nipped Parkersburg South, 122-116, while the Ripley boys finished with 88 points and Akron Buchtel had 70. It was the third consecutive Parsons title for the Big Red boys.
The PHS girls, who defended their team crown, topped the field with 112 points. Akron Buchtel was runner-up with 95. Parkersburg South (71.5) and Ripley (68) followed.
Woodrow Wilson’s Mikah Alleyne won high-point honors by scoring 24 of the Flying Eagles’ 45 total. She had a gold in the 100 hurdles (15.75), besting Big Reds Megan and Emily Kupfner as well as South’s Allie Perkins, who was fourth. Alleyne finished runner-up in the 400 to Buchtel’s Rayannah Torrence, who also won the 200 with a new meet record time of 25.09. That broke the previous mark of 25.14 set by Buchtel’s Kachay Hullum back in 2010. Teammate Dyamond Myers was second and Alleyne placed third.
Joining Torrence as a double-winner was Ripley’s Olivia Miller. The Viking went 5 feet in the high jump to top South’s Erin Williams and she had a 9 foot pole vault effort to best Big Red runner-up Sophie Thompson and Ripley’s Presley Fisher.
Viking Cassidy Miller won a tight race in the 300 hurdles. She finished in 49.55 and had South’s Sierra Hays (50.15) and Emily Kupfner (50.19) on her heels.
Parkersburg’s girls also had first-place showings from Madison Trippett in the 800 (2:18.25) and Samantha Williams in the long jump (16-5.5). Ripley’s Tori Starcher, who owns the Russ Parsons 1600 record of 4:55.58 she established last spring, clocked in with a first-place time of 10:49.54 in the 3200, which was just off the meet record time of 10:47.92 established in 2012 by University’s Amelia Paladino.
Five other area thinclads also tasted victory on Saturday in individual events. Big Red Shane Miller’s throw of 137 feet, 11 inches in the discus topped runner-up Corbin Campbell of Ripley’s 132-3 effort. However, Campbell got the best of Miller in the shot put (47-4 to 44-9). Eastern’s Tyler Davis was third in each event.
Patriot Dominic Collins cleared 5-10 in the high jump and did so before runner-up teammate Levi Rice did. South’s Nate Santiago cleared 13 feet to take the pole vault title ahead of runner-up Drew Swisher of Ripley (11-6). Cameron Gill of PSHS crossed the finish line in 42.90 to win the 300 hurdles as he topped Big Reds Aaron Kupfner (44.05) and Dylan Herbert (44.57).
The other individual victors for the boys were Lewis County’s Adam Cutlip in the 100 (11.18), Buchtel’s Kirkland Robins in the 200 (23.05), Buchtel’s Marquest Foster in the 400 (53.93) and Athens’ Peter Buckley in the 3200 (9:59.36). Robins, the runner-up in the 100, had a tight race in the 200 with Ripley’s Steven Carte (23.11) and the Patriot Collins (23.27) not far behind.
Buchtel’s girls also had triumphs from Nevaeh Lewis in the 100 (beat Ripley’s Allison Fields, 12.92 to 13.06) and in the shot put from Allia Anderson, whose throw of 34 feet, 11 inches topped Caldwell runner-up Taylor Ramsey (32-9.5). Eastern’s Layne Catlett went 107 feet and 1 inch to earn the discus win. Athens teammates Ava Myers (104-9) and Nicole Sammons (103-2) followed.
The speedy team from Akron also won the 4×100 (50.76), 4×200 (1:45.38) and 4×400 (4:18.58) while University captured the 4×800 gold with a time of 10:18.20. Kupfner, Kupfner, Delaney Cox and Sara Brace went 1:10.62 for a first-place shuttles effort.
Athens, which had Buckley, Walker Evans and Nicholas Moulton competing in the 4×800, topped the field thanks to anchor Tony Tonkovich. The Bulldogs just edged out University, 8:56.87 to 8:57.24. Buchtel also won the 4×400 (3:40.57).
Elschlager anchored the Patriots’ 59.29 showing for the victorious shuttles team, which also featured Collins, Corey Beverage and Cameron Gill.
Ripley used the same lineup — Noah Kelly, Noah Carson, Steven Carte and Samuel Pierson — to emerge victorious in the 4×100 (44.22) and 4×200 (1:32.09).