Final PVC track meet: Fort’s Anderson earns boys high-point honors

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Fort Frye’s Ella Keffer runs in a hurdles event during Wednesday’s Pioneer Valley Conference championships track meet in Beverly.

BEVERLY — Justin Anderson cruised to three individual triumphs in the final Pioneer Valley Conference Track & Field Championship meet at Fort Frye Cadet Stadium Wednesday night.

The FFHS senior long distance running standout was first in the 800, 1600, and 3200. Plus, he was a leg on the Cadets’ winning 4 by 800 relay team and earned high-point honors for the boys in the meet.

“Today, I was just trying to get the win and the points for the team,” Anderson said. “And, also, I wanted to get ready for districts next week.”

Fort Frye juniors’ Isiah Jones and Brady Schilling each claimed an individual crown with the former winning the shot put and the latter, the pole vault.

“I feel pretty good about winning the shot,” said Jones, who threw a PR 46 feet, 4 inches, “because the competition here was pretty good. Shenandoah and Caldwell have some really good throwers.”

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Fort Frye’s Isiah Jones competes in a relay event during Wednesday’s Pioneer Valley Conference championships track meet in Beverly.

Schilling cleared the bar with a winning vault of 10-6. He attempted 11 but just missed.

“I was just trying to do anything to help the team,” Schilling said. “I would’ve liked to have gotten 11, but…there’s a couple of things I need to fix.”

Team-wise, the Fort boys were runners-up in the competition to Shenandoah. Caldwell was third; Monroe Central, fourth; and Frontier, fifth.

On the girls’ side, Maddie Webb, a two-time state qualifier in the pole vault, shared high point honors with Monroe Central’s Kayla Wall. Webb posted wins in the PV (10-0) and discus. The talented junior thinclad was also second in the shot put and a leg on the Cadet 4 by 1.

Webb, the school’s record holder in both the PV and discus, tried to clear 10-3 in the vault but came up just short.

Fort freshman Anna McIntire was an individual champ with a win in the high jump (4-10).

Overall, the Cadets girls finished third to first-place Caldwell. Shenandoah was second; Monroe Central, third; and Frontier, fourth.

“We have six girls,” said first-year Fort Frye head coach Linda Hart. “They’re small but they’re mighty. They are constantly putting out their best effort. And most of them are PRing tonight. So, I’m really proud of them all.”