Williamstown girls 2nd, boys 3rd at South Invite

PARKERSBURG – Williamstown stepped up the competition level here Friday night at the Parkersburg South Invitational and had some solid results during what turned out to be a horrible evening at the Erickson All-Sports Facility for the second half of its track and field meet.

“It’s the worst. That rain. It’s the first time we got rain this year and it was a little cold,” said Yellowjacket head girls coach Zach Hall, whose squad finished runner-up to Parkersburg (130-80). while the boys of head man Doak Markley just missed second as Ritchie County (109.33) and Woodrow Wilson (101.66) topped the ‘Jackets (101).

“It (the weather) wasn’t as bad as last year when snow was blowing on the track at our first meet (Ryan Jobes). We competed with the big boys today. It’s always nice when the discus goes one, two, three. That’s a clean sweep.”

Hall credited freshman Bethany Hall for “stepping up” and winning the shot put (33-8). The Yellowjacket trio of Melissa Cieslewski (109-7) and Rylee Cunningham (103-5), who are Hall’s lone seniors, were followed in the discus by Sydney Palmer’s heave of 94 feet, 4 inches.

“I think we are on a good pace right now,” added Hall, who got wins from Ellie Gardner in the pole vault (10-0) and speedster Lexie Zide in the 100 (13.24). Williamstown’s only other win for the girls came in the 4×200 where Zide anchored the champs’ time of 1:53.25 and joined fellow teammates Emmy Strauss, Gardner and Jensen Newton.

“We are staying healthy and hopefully that keeps on. We’ve just got to keep on keeping on. Our times are good and are where they should be and hopefully we’ll just keep getting better.”

Austin Raines’ 12-0 showing in the pole vault not only was good enough for the win, but it also established a new PSI meet record. The WHS boys had one other champion and that came in the shot put. where Ben Harris went 47 feet, 6 inches. Harris also took third in the discus with teammate Trevor Hoosier placing fifth.

The Yellowjackets had runner-up showings from Riley West in the 200, Chase Uppole in the 400, Tick Wickham in the 110 hurdles and Brady Fayad in the 300 hurdles. Fayad also was sixth in the 110 hurdles and Uppole also got sixth in the 800.

Hoosier, Trenton Tallman, Tommy Bobbitt and the anchor West sped to victory in the 4×200 with a clocking of 1:37.42, which just nipped runner-up and host Parkersburg South’s 1:38.88.

Also scoring points for WHS were Carsen Hesson, who was third in the girls high jump. For the boys, Isaac Brown was fifth in the long jump and Quentin Fleming finished sixth in the 2-mile.