Jackets 3rd, MHS boys 4th at Invite

PARKERSBURG – With forecast of warmer weather, but some rain, veteran Parkersburg South head boys track coach Steve Fox expected to see some pretty good times during Friday night’s Parkersburg South Invitational at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

“It’s only the second year for the meet so we have to keep things in perspective,” said Fox. “But, if the weather holds and with the talent we have here, you could see several new records tonight.”

Eight events into the meet his prediction appeared to be more than just a possibility. All in all 25 new meet marks were established with the girls recording 14 of them.

Winning the team titles was Parkersburg in the girls and Parkersburg South in the boys. The Big Reds of head coach Leah Fleek made it two-in-a-row with a 149-135.5 margin over Morgantown while the Fox’ South boys edged the Mohigans by a 121-102.5 score.

Third place in the girls division went to Williamstown with 81 points followed by Parkersburg South (61),

Tucker County (52.5), John Marshall and Parkersburg Catholic (21), University (19) and Marietta (18).

The Yellowjackets edged out Marietta by one half point for third place in the boys 72.5-72 followed by Tucker County (68), University (48), John Marshall (42), Wirt County (29) and Parkersburg Catholic (3).

Morgantown’s girls and University’s boys got things going when they established new meet marks in the 4 by 800 meter relays. The Mohigans knocked off Parkersburg’s girls by five seconds, covering the eight lap race in 10 minutes, 17.68 seconds.

Minutes later the Hawks cruised to a 31-second victory over Morgantown, winning with a new meet time of 8 minutes, 17.03 seconds.

Parkersburg High and the host Patriots got into the act next as junior Sarah Bever bettered her own mark from a year ago in the 100 meter high hurdles, winning with a time of 15.1 seconds and then South’s Vincent Scalise gave the hometown fans something to cheer about when he lowered the mark in the 110 meter high hurdles with his clocking of 16.06 seconds.

Records continued to fall as Marietta’s Quinton Coffield bettered the old mark in the long jump (19-11.75) while Parkersburg South’s Kasey Williams sped to a 12.96 clocking in the 100 meter dash and Evan DeGraef bettered the field in the high jump with his leap of 6-feet, 2-inches.

Bever wasn’t done, however, as the junior lowered the time in the 300 meter low hurdles with her time of 48.9 seconds and anchored the Big Reds’ record-setting shuttle hurdle squad (1:07.38). Joining her as a multi-event record setter were Morgantown’s Rebekah Lafata (pole vault, 10-8, long jump, 15-8.25) and the Big Reds’ Whitney McAtee in the shot put (41-2) and discus (118-1).

Rounding out the new marks for the girls were Parkersburg South’s 4 by 200 (1:53.56), Morgantown’s Morgantown’s Sydney Pineault in the 1600 meter run (5:22.96) and Allison Lynch in the 800 (2:30.95), Williamstown’s Madelin Gardner in the 400 meter dash (1:01.75), and the Yellowjackets’ 4 by 100 (54.89).

Marietta’s Quinton Coffield was the only two event record setter among the boys as he set new marks in the 200 meter dash (23.38) and long jump (19-11.75).

Other new marks for the boys included South’s Brendan Schwendeman in the 400 meter dash (53.57) and Dylon Rippeto in the discus (154-4), Morgantown’s Anthony Laurita in the 1600 meter run (4:32.07), the Mohigans’ 4 by 100 relay (45.46) and University’s Alex Minor in the 3200 meter run (10:03.04)

The pole vault had three individuals break the old meet mark as Morgantown’s Matt Keaton and Trevorjon Haws and Marietta’s Caleb Hall all cleared 12-feet.