Marietta, Warren finish middle of the pack
Parkersburg High’s boy finished both first and last at the Marietta Night Relays at Don Drumm Stadium Tuesday night.
Entering two teams, the PHS ‘A’ squad claimed the annual track and field event with 94 points. Its ‘B’ team was seventh in a field of seven with 15 points.
“These kids work very hard, whether they’re on the ‘A’ or ‘B’ team, and we want to give them an opportunity to compete,” said third-year Parkersburg boys boss Rod O’Donnell. “I think our roster now is 54, and we’re super young. Thirty-five are freshmen who have never run before. Everybody participated, because we have a nice size team.”
On the girls’ side, Lia Fleek-coached PHS entered only one team and won with 112 points. South was second with 82; Williamstown, third with 72; Warren, fourth with 58; MHS, fifth with 56; and Belpre, sixth with 17.
“We’ve been working really hard this year to build our team back up,” said PHS senior Lauren Leaman, who competed in the sprint medley, high jump, 4×2 and 4×4. “We lost a lot of good talent last year.”
The Williamstown boys finished runner-up with 70 points to the Big Reds, while host Marietta and Warren were tied for third with 64 points apiece. Rounding out the rest of the field, Parkersburg South was fifth with 59 points; Belpre sixth with 34; and PHS ‘B.’
“Williamstown’s got a great track program over there and a great tradition,” O’Donnell said. “I don’t care what Class (A) they are. They just have a very good track program.”
The PHS boys won all seven of the relay events and were runners-up in the shuttle hurdles. The Big Reds struggled a little bit in the field events with no first place finishes.
The winning red and white 4×2 team featured Stephen Nesselrode, DeShawn Akers, Jarrid Winters, and Logan Wooddell. Nesselrode and Wooddell were also members of the 4×4 team, which included Erik Musgrave and Akeri.
“Logan Wooddell is just awesome,” O’Donnell said. “He’s done a great job. He was the high scorer at Nelsonville this past weekend.”
The PHS distance medley team included Anthony Bradford, Scott Barker, John Domenik, and Evan Wooten; the 4×1 team was made up of Winters, Cameron Day, Tyler Moler, and Shane Miller; the sprint medley featured Winters Nesselrode, Moler, and Wooddell; the 4×8 team included Scott Barker, Trenton Allman, Will LeMasters, and Brayden Ray; and the 4×16 included Joel Larsen, Ray, LeMasters, and Barker.
“Every meet we’ve been this year we’ve competed well,” O’Donnell said. “It’s a long ways to go before the state. On the day of the meet, it’s the most important of the season. But the big one is at the end.”
Marietta boys captured three field events in the high jump, long jump and pole vault.
In the HJ, the Tiger thinclads were Bailey Wright, Jack Farrar, and Travis Moore. Farrar and Moore, along with Ben Lawson, were also members of the winning long jump team.
The winning MHS pole vault team featured Farrar, Max Garrison, and Nathan Hawkins.
Williamstown’s winning shot put team included Ben Harris, Bryce Mefford, and Brendan Jefferson.
The PHS girls claimed six events. In the 4×2, there were Leaman, Abby Johnson, Abby Tanner, and Lauren Maloney; the distance medley included Mary Catherine Bolton, Kaycee Kiser, Kayla Harmon, and Olivia Collett; on the 4×4 team were Johnson Leaman, Bolton, and Simms; and the first-place spring medley team included Tanner, Hannah Taylor, Leaman, and Jordyne Jones
The winning red and white long jumpers were Mackenzie Simms, Samantha Williams, and Jayln Farnsworth
Williamstown’s first-place 4×1 team featured Emmy Strauss, Ellie Gardner, Jensen Newton, and Lexie Zide. Its winning shot put squad consisted of Melissa Cieslewski, Rylee Cunningham, and Sydney Palmer.
The Yellowjacket first-place pole vaulters were Kylee Masters, Elly Gardner, and Emmy Strauss and shot putters were Beth Arnold, Brianna Kendall, and Brooke Johnson.
The MHS and Warren girls did not have a first-place finisher.
“We’re a very young team,” said MHS girls coach Mollie Schramm. “We’ve got a lot of freshmen out there running on the track. They’re doing very well. And, the upperclassmen are good examples for them. We’re going to get better as the season goes on, and that’s what matters.”