PHS boys win title, girls second

CHARLESTON -Parkersburg High’s boys track team captured the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship while the Big Red girls placed second in the state’s biggest Class AAA league.

The Big Red boys waged a two-team war with perennial power Cabell Midland and emerged with a 95-92 win over the runnerup Knights. The Big Red girls, meanwhile, were locked in a two-team race with Winfield but the Generals eventually pulled away for a 130-119 win over PHS.

Claiming league titles for the PHS boys were Chandler Hamilton in the 200, Austin Allman in the high jump, Brandon Pethtel n the discus, Evan Rhodes in the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 4 by 200 relay team of Rhodes, Matt Santer, Adam Lindamood and Hamilton.Hamilton also finished in the 100 and the Big Reds were the runners-up in both the 4 by 800 and shuttle hurdle relays.

Ripley had one first place finish as Ryan Gregory won the long jump title.

The Big Red girls were led by Sarah Bever, who not only placed first in the high jump, but also took second in both hurdle races and joined teammates Lauren Leaman, Tiffany Cline and Blake Schenerlein to place third in the shuttle hurdle relay. Parkersburg also got a win in the 4 by 800 relay from the team of Nicole Dent, Kaylee Williams, Chelsea Harper and Rachel Morris and a pair of second place finishes from Whitney McAtee in the shot put and the discus. Brooke Miller and Schenerlein gave PHS a 2-3 finish in the pole vault.

If PHS can duplicate its performances in this week’s Region 1 meet at Wheeling Park, the Big Reds could be contenders in the upcoming state meet.

While PHS was competing in the MSAC event, Parkersburg South was busy at the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championships conducted at St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Winning titles in the largest conference in America were Patriots Dylon Rippeto and Jessica Hamrick. Rippeto threw the discus 156 feet, 1 inch, while Hamrick successfully pole vaulted 10 feet, 6 inches.