Williamstown sweeps Fenton Relays; Marietta girls second
PARKERSBURG — On an evening delayed by thunderstorms in the area, there were still track and field events to be had. The Fenton Relays are normally held at Williamstown High School, but this year, the event was held at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. Even though the Williamstown Yellowjackets had to travel for the event, it still served as their Senior Night.
With that in mind, both boys’ and girls’ teams won the team competitions. The wins helped the ‘Jackets end Senior Night with a bang, and there were plenty of local placers who took care of business throughout the night.
The girls handily defeated the rest of the field with 103 total points. Marietta finished in second with 83, and the de facto host South Patriots rounded out the top three with 72 points.
While the boys also won, they had to deal with a hard-charging Point Pleasant team. They edged Point by a final of 96-92, and Doddridge County finished in third with 79.
The evening kicked off with the girls’ 4×100 that was won by Marietta, as the team of Meadow Benton, Courtney Schuck, Lexie Mullen and Torrence Nonnenmacher beat Williamstown’s relay team by just under a second. The ‘Jackets had their revenge with wins in the 4×200 and 4×800 relays. The distance medley team of Tori Combs, Sofia Calvet, Chloe Lightfritz and Ella Hesson topped second place South by 20 seconds, as this was a recurring theme of the night for the WHS girls.
From the ground to the air, Madi Gersper and Erin Williams finished third and fourth in the high jump relay. Marietta’s Baylee Brown won the pole vault relay with an 11-foot vault.
Nonnenmacher helped Marietta’s cause with a win in the long jump of 17-4.
South tried to keep pace with Williamstown, as Charlie Taylor, Allie Perkins, Marimo Akita and Samara Nunn bested the field in the 800 sprint. Their efforts were in vain, as WHS’s Calvet, Lightfritz, Hesson and Stella Flanagin beat Marietta and South in the 4×1600.
The duo of Elizabeth Newton and Bethany Arnold finished behind Point Pleasant’s Addy Cottrill in the discus throw. She also had a victory in the shot put.
When all was said and done, the Williamstown girls ended on top. The boys followed suit on Senior Night.
The journey began with a runner-up effort in the 4×100 relay that netted eight points. The triumph for the Big Blacks didn’t last that long, as Williamstown won in the 200 with the combined efforts of Samuel Thompson, Dawson Reynolds, Mikey Bell and Colin Hunkele.
The back-and-forth battle continued with the Big Blacks taking wins in the 4×400 and 800 sprint. Williamstown responded with a victory in the 4×800 (Josh Chambers, Ty Moore, Ryan Wager and Kole Sutton).
Dakota Scott finished right behind Point’s Trevon Franklin in the shot, as every point counted down the stretch.
Despite the two schools being locked in a tight battle, other local placers made their mark.
Parkersburg South’s distance team of Seven Parr, William Atkinson, James Kuhn and Carter Lipscomb finished behind Doddridge County’s team in the event. Levi Rice helped South’s efforts with a winning 6-foot high jump. Quintin Southerly of Marietta finished second. Southerly topped Williamstown’s Bell in the long jump at over 20 feet, but Williamstown’s boys ended up with the most points in the event. South finished second behind the effort of Brandon Penn.
With every event tallied, the Williamstown boys owned Senior Night, and its momentum they look build on with the state meet fastly approaching.