Prep track: Williamstown girls capture Erickson Invitational

PARKERSBURG – Williamstown’s girls and Parkersburg’s boys warmed up for next weekend’s conference championships in the Little Kanawha Conference and Mountain State Athletic Conference, respectively, by capturing the 2013 Erickson/Camden Clark Invitational held Friday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

The Yellowjackets of head coach Zach Hall outdistanced runner-up Cabell Midland by a 103-92.5 margin while Kenny DeMoss’ Big Red boys held off a spirited challenge from Ritchie County, winning by a 101.5-94 score.

A 1-3-4 finish in the 110 meter high hurdles put Parkersburg South in the team race after the break. Senior Logan Cox won the race in a time of 15.21 seconds with Troy Alton finishing third (16.61) and Vincent Scalise (16.69).

The trio scored 20 points to pull the Patriots into the lead, 35.5-34 over Ritchie County with the Big Reds a close third with 30.5 points.

Parkersburg pushed back into the lead one event later (40.5-35.5) when Chandler Hamilton (11.33) and Kalani Williams (11.88) placed second and fifth, respectively, in the 100 meter dash.

The Big Reds’ speed continued to give the 12-team field fits as Evan Rhodes, Adam Lindamood, Landon Miller and Hamilton combined to with the 4 by 200 relay in a time of 1:33.61)

That lead quickly disappeared when the Patriots’ Dylan Rippeto captured the discus (154-1.5) and finished second in the shot put (46-6.75). With eight events left the Patriots had taken a 68-5-50.5 lead over their crosstown rivals.

Johnny Hogue’s second win of the night — he earlier set a new meet mark in winning the 3200 — in the 1600 (4:35.06) brought the defending Class AA champions to within 10.5 points of the Patriots (70.5-60) with six events left.

The Rebels inched ahead of their hosts by 1.5 points (72-70.5) following a fourth place in the 4 by 100 meter relay won by the Williamstown foursome of Jarric Hoskins, Matt Zlatkind, Trace Hart and Mitchell Geortler with a record setting time of 44.21 seconds.

Ritchie carried an 84-81.5 lead into the race’s final two races — the shuttle hurdles and 4 by 400 meter relays.

In the girls’ race the chase for the championship quickly became a three-team affair after the break as Class A defending state champion Williamstown look to hold off the challenges of Cabell Midland and Parkersburg South.

However, the maroon and gold found themselves leading by only one point (57-56) over the Patriots with seven events remaining while the Big Reds were a very, very close third with 55 points.

Williamstown increased its advantage to four, 67-63, over the Big Reds following Cami Mossor’s third and Carley Ellison’s fourth in the 1600 meter run with South still in the hunt with 57 points.

Chidester’s second win of the night in the 200 meter dash (26.99) and a fourth place finish by Allie Robinson in the 800 allowed the Yellowjackets to build a 17-point, 91-74, advantage over the Patriots with two events left.

Parkersburg’s Whitney McAtee became the first two-event champion on the night when she captured the shot put (36-5.75) and discus (117-9.5). Joining her was Hogue with victories in the 1600 (4:35.06) and 3200.

At the break Ritchie County held a 17.5 point lead — 34-16.5 — advantage over defending champion Parkersburg thanks to wins by Jessie Hilvers in the 400 meter dash (52.23), Hogue in the 3200 meter run (9:45.01) and Jayden Allender in the high jump (6-2). Hogue’s time broke the old meet mark of 9:48.07 set by University’s Ryan Skotnicki in 2005.

In the girls’ division, Williamstown held a 31-21 lead over the host Patriots as seniors Megan Steele (5-4) and Ciara Flowers (5-0) finished one-two in the high jump while senior Lincoln Postlewaite continued the Yellowjackets domination of the pole vault when she cleared the bar at 10-feet, 6-inches.

Hogue wasn’t the only athlete to establish a new meet mark as Williamstown’s Evan Smith’s throw of 49-feet, 9-inches broke the old mark of 49-2.5 set by the Yellowjackets’ Devon Carr last year and Rippeto’s toss of 154-feet, 1.5-inches for the Patriots in the discus erased the mark of 147-2 set by Marietta’s Bryan Hardesty in 2001 and Rhodes time of 39.08 set a new mark in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles while Postlewaite’s effort in the pole vault tied the meet mark set by Parkersburg’s Mary Beth Held in 2000.

Capturing high point honors in the girls was Williamstown’s Chidester and Tucker County’s Olivia Miller with 26 points each. Ritchie’s Jessie Hilvers was the high point producer among the boys with 28.