Yellowjackets win Ryan Jobes meet

WILLIAMSTOWN – Hosts Williamstown took control of the Ryan Jobes Invitational track meet Saturday afternoon at the Jack Jones Track and Field Facility, winning both the girls and boys competitions by double-digit figures.

The Yellowjacket boys dominated the relay events, winning the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 meter events in compiling 134 total points. Ritchie County finished second with 119 points.

Consistency was the key for the ‘Jacket girls, as their only event victories came in the 4×100 meter and shuttle hurdle relays, but they placed enough high finishers to win by a convincing 105-81 margin over second-place Wheeling Central Catholic.

Anthony Johnson of St. Marys was the individual star, registering a perfect 40 points from his four events to win high-point honors, and breaking the meet record in the 300 hurdles. His time of 39.25 seconds topped the previous mark of 39.63 set by Tyler Hickerson of Morgan High in 2007.

Johnson also won the 100 and 200 meter dash competitions, and the 110 meter high hurdles.

The only other meet record broken was in the pole vault, where Austin Garrett of Ritchie County cleared 14 feet, 6 inches, breaking by 4 inches the mark set by Vallenowath of Linsly in 2004.

Bailey Estep of Magnolia tied the meet record for high jump, with a 5-2 leap.

Ritchie County’s Samantha Kirk was the high-point scorer for the girls. She won the 100 high hurdles and 300 hurdles and finished second in the high jump, and third in the 400 meter dash for a total 34 points.

Williamstown crowned only one champion in the individual events – Trevor Hoosier’s victory in the discus with at throw of 143-1 – but scored a number of runner-up finishes.

On the girls side, Alexis Zide finished second in the 200 meter dash, Emmy Strauss was silver medalist behind Kirk in the 100 hurdles, and Ellie Gardner finished just behind Morgan’s Alyssa Tabler in the pole vault.

For the ‘Jacket boys, Tim Wickham placed second behind Johnson in the 110 hurdles, and Ben Harris made it a double in discus for his team, coming in just behind Hoosier.

Other multiple event winners included, for the girls, Laura Taylor of St. Marys, who won in both the shot put and discus competitions. Her teammate Whitney Jemison finished second in the shot and Melissa Cieslewski of the hosts took silver in the discus.

Logan Kerby of Wirt County had a fine day in the distance events, winning the boys 800 and 1600 meters. The Tigers crowned a second individual winner in the long jump, Cam Nelson triumphing impressively with a 19-1 effort.

The Ritchie County boys were winners in three events. The Rebels’ 4×800 relay team beat Williamstown’s four by five seconds, while in individual events, Jordan Smith won the 400 meter dash, and Daniel Cooper’s 6-0 effort was good for victory in the high jump. Smith also finished second in the long jump for the Rebels, and Hunter Deem lost a heartbreaker in the 2-mile, coming in less than half a second behind Josh Endres of St. Albans.

Joining Estep in victory for Magnolia were its girls’ 4×800 relay team and boys’ shuttle relay squad. Bri Ritz came in second for the Blue Eagles in the girls’ 200 meters, and Cole McGee was runner-up in boys’ high jump.

Jacob Cox and Zac Long took silver for St. Marys in, respectively, the shot put and 400 meters.

The victorious Yellowjackets will return to the track on Tuesday, when they travel to Ritchie County.