Area to be well represented at state meet
From Staff Reports
HUNTINGTON — Parkersburg junior Franklin Angelos finished atop the field at Thursday’s Class AAA, Region IV cross country meet and the Big Reds placed third as a team to advance to the state championship on Halloween at Cabell Midland.
Ripley freshman Ellie Hosaflook crossed the finish line with a winning time of 18 minutes and 24 seconds to help lead the Vikings to the team crown by a 40-43 margin versus runner-up Hurricane. Cabell Midland (73) finished ahead of both PHS (93) and Parkersburg South (100) to claim the other advancing spot.
Angelos clocked in at 16 minutes and 4 seconds en route to besting Cabell Midland’s Cooper Gibson (16:22) and fellow Big Red senior Keegan Barnette (16:25). Cabell Midland finished with 42 points, Hurricane had 65 and the Big Reds finished with 89 points.
Also scoring for the Big Reds were Gabe Ray (21st, 18:49), Matt Carpenter (30th, 19:46) and Ethan Rutherford (34th, 20:17). The only other area boys to advance were Ripley’s Chase Pepper, who ran 16:31 to place fifth, and Max Meadows (9th, 17:25).
Joining Hosaflook in the 10 team for the Jackson County program were teammates Opal Huffman (5th, 21:09), Haleigh McCune (9th, 21:46) and Jadyn Casto (10th, 21:55). Tori Fisher (15th, 22:50) was the other Viking scorer.
Parkersburg South and the Big Red girls also will be represented at the state meet. Patriot Marimo Akita finished in 21 minutes and 20 seconds to place sixth. Alayna Liebau of PHS placed eighth with a time of 21:38.
Ritchie, St. Marys boys
and girls advance
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys girls, who have finished state runner-up to Williamstown each of the past two seasons, claimed the Class A, Region I title here Thursday by defeating Ritchie County, 15-41. The Rebel boys rolled to the team crown with 20 points as St. Marys edged Wheeling Central, 57-61, to also advance.
The Blue Devil girls amassed a perfect score with Erica Davis winning it all after finishing in 22:38. That was seven ticks faster than Tyler Consolidated runner-up Emily Ebert.
St. Marys girls also finished in places fourth through seventh thanks to Caraline Lancaster (23:48), Madison Scott (24:20), Bralynn Davis (24:25) and Josey Moore (24:29).
Ritchie County freshmen Chesnee Williams (24:35) and Andrea Davis (24:41) led the Rebels by placing eighth and ninth, respectively. Also scoring for the Rebels were Chaslyn Jones (11th, 25:00), Addison Jones (12th, 25:17) and Zoe Butcher (14th, 25:48). Ebert will be joined at state by fellow Silver Knight sophomore classmate Kashia Brown, who ran a 24:42 to place 10th.
“The goal coming in was to get that regional championship plaque,” said Blue Devil head coach Steven Nutter. “We were lucky enough to not only have the team championship but the individual champion. Those girls one through five got a perfect score. That’s a big deal against a tough Ritchie squad.”
Wheeling Central freshman Aidan Scott (17:12) claimed the top spot ahead of Tyler Consolidated’s Haygen Baker (18:01).
The Rebels placed six runners in the top 10 — Heath Knight (3rd, 18:04), Brady Layman (4th, 18:15), Creed Knight (5th, 18:58), Isaac Slater (6th, 19:01), Tatem Elliott (7th, 19:02) and Dalton Hayes (9th, 19:07).
Blake Stanton led the way for SMHS with a time of 19:03, which was good for eighth place.
“Central beat us pretty good at Ritchie a couple weeks ago. We knew we’d be in a battle,” added Nutter, who also received scoring efforts from Wiley Houser (12th, 20:03), Adam Bennett (14th, 20:23), Trey Cummings (15th, 20:45) and Jacob Elder (16th, 20:50).
“Their boys battled with our boys all day long and it was a fight to the finish. The (Patrick) Childers kid and the Stanton boy got eighth and 10th and were neck and neck coming into the track. Those two spots were a big difference.”
Doddridge County rules Region II
PARSONS — Doddridge County rolled to the Class A, Region II team crowns here Thursday as Carter Lipscomb and Alexis Lamb each won individual titles for the Bulldogs.
Lipscomb topped teammate Trent Gola, 16:21 to 17:48, and the Bulldogs also landed Brennan Miller (5th, 18:45) and William Atkinson (7th, 19:16) in the top 10. Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Josh Berke (13th, 21:17).
The only other area boy to advance to the state meet was Gilmer County’s Jacob Chapman, whose effort of 20 minutes and 19 seconds placed him ninth.
Lamb was followed by fellow Bulldogs Maria Bee (3rd, 21:53), Emily Gola (7th, 22:42), Hailey Keith (9th, 23:40) and Nora Sias (13th, 26:17).