Youth take their turn

Tiny Trot, Junior races are big successes

Photos by Josh Hughes. Isabella Marshall leads the pack in the 7-year-old Junior Race during Sunday afternoon’s News and Sentinel Tot Trot at Parkersburg High School.

PARKERSBURG –The 2019 News and Sentinel Half Marathon may be over, but there was one more event that had local kids in the mood for racing. The annual News and Sentinel Tiny Trot and Junior Races took place Sunday afternoon on the front campus of Parkersburg High School. This year’s event saw sweltering heat, but that didn’t deture the youngsters who raced up the front lawn and around the horseshoe.

The 2-year-olds were the first to run, as they rumbled up the lawn.

In the girls’ race, Kate Proffitt was first, Marley Brown was second and Kailyn Nesselrotte was third. Next up, the 2-year-old boys ran up the lawn in a close race. Ben Davis finished first, Isaac Sprigg was second and Carter James came in third.

The 3-year-olds also got their chance to go up the PHS lawn, as the girls went first. Olivia Nguyen won the race, Lil Westbrook was second and Averie Posey finished third. The 3-year-old boys rced next, and the winner in that one was Brocton Whytsell. Mason Gaines was second, and Austin Bills rounded out the top 3.

The Tiny Trot races contined up the lawn, as the 4-year-olds were next in line. Micah Edgell won that girls’ race, and it was Giavanna Robinson who finished in second. Lilly Taylor came in third. In the boys’ race, Bronson Farley came in first. He was followed by Kendrick McDonald in second and Tripp Gum in third. The last races to take place on the lawn were the 5-year-old runs. Reese Cook finished in the first spot, Kayana Litton was behind her in second and Anna Colombo came in third.

Landen Deuley (left) races side-by-side with Jesse Morris (right) in the 10 and 11-year-old Junior Race during Sunday afternoon’s News and Sentinel Tot Trot at Parkersburg High School.

In the 5-year-old boys’ race, it was Walker Slayton who won. Brinsley Sheridan finished behind him, and Samuel Davis was third.

With that, it was time for the Junior Races that took place around the horseshoe on the front campus.

Each subsequent age group ran varying lengths around that hoseshoe, as the sun was beating down on runners and spectators alike.

The 6-year-old girls’ race featured Charlotte Eakle finishing first, and she was followed by Molly Smith in second and Elynn Wyer in third. Isaiah Dodge won the 6-year-old boys’ race, as Chaney Brown was second. Isaiah Wrirght finshed in third palce. In the 7-year-old girls’ race, Isabella Marshall came in first. She won it over Jillian Farley in second and Cate McLain in third. Jansen Dearth won the boys’ race, as he outlasted Lucas Roberts from the second spot and Brady Deuley in third.

Ainsley Hardesty won the 8-year-old girls’ race. Hadley Edwards finished in second, and Camryn Edgell came in third. In the boys’ race, Landan Nunley won it over Jackson Brown in second and Caysen Litton in third.

The 9-year-old races represented the second-to-last age group of the day. In the girls’ race, Chloe Mulligan won. Following her was Audrey Wagoner in second and Jalyn Eddy finishing in the third position. The boys’ race saw Liam Grosselin win over Rogan Mincks, who finished second. Lyndyn Ervin got a podium finish at third place.

The final age group saw 10 and 11-year-olds complete the days events. The girls’ race saw Alyssa Crum emerge victorious over Cate Edgell, who came in second. Nevaeh Ross claimed the last girls’ third place spot of the day. A close race between Landen Deuley and Jesse Morris ended the day in the boys’ race, but it was Deuley who finished first. Morris ended the race just behind him, and Gatlin McLain came in third.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com