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Hesson, Williamstown girls win Ryan Jobes Invitational

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown girls, led by high-point winner Ella Hesson (28), topped the field during Friday night’s Ryan Jobes Invitational.

Ritchie County’s Gus Morrison was the high-point victor for the boys after amassing 38 points, but the Rebels had to settle for runner-up team honors behind Oak Glen, 139-131.

Hesson won titles in the 1600 (5:25.21) and the 3200 (12:14.61) while finishing runner-up to Marietta’s Ciara Space in the 800 (2:27.90 to 2:32.39). Space’s time of 5:30.15 in the mile was good for second and just ahead of Tiger teammate Ava Gebczyk’s 5:34.21. ‘Jacket Brianna Winsett was runner-up in the 2-mile (12.28.04).

Williamstown finished with 161 points and runner-up Marietta had 126. Oak Glen (103), Ritchie County (76) and Tyler Consolidated (22) also finished in the top five.

The Yellowjackets had two other top of the podium finishes thanks to Brookelyn Reynolds in the 100 (13.49) and Emma Berman in the pole vault (8-6). ‘Jacket Madelyn Anderson (8-0) was runner-up in the pole vault.

Also winning individual events were Marietta’s Grace Wojcik in the 200 (27.27), who finished just ahead of Reynolds’ 27.60, and Ritchie County’s Macy Hilvers in the discus. The Rebel threw 93 feet, 8 inches to best runner-up Shelby Simonton of Wirt County’s 91-3 showing. ‘Jacket Maggie Siley took third (90-0). Ritchie County also had a winning high jump effort of 4 feet, 10 inches from Olivia Cress.

Oak Glen’s Isabelle Barganski was a double-winner in the 100 hurdles (17.26) and the 300 hurdles (50.41). Ritchie County’s Marissa Scott (18.51) was second in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 (53.35). Golden Bears Kamela Ward (400 time of 1:04.39 to best Ritchie’s Emily Griffin’s time of 1:05.69), Mia Ridgway (32-2 to top Marietta’s Kirsten Kroft’s 31-5 in the shot put) and Ashlyn Six were the other individual winners. Six won the long jump at 14-5 and topped Marietta’s Sadie Gray, who cleared 13 feet, 10 inches

Magnolia, thanks to Reese Hale, Emma Spitzer, Kalleigh Beisel and Shaela Holliday, posted a 1:19.81 to win the shuttles, but Williamstown swept the rest of the relays.

That included setting a new meet record in the 4×400 by going 4:17.68 to top the old 2009 mark of 4:20.21 established by Hurricane.

Berman, Reynolds, Tori Combs and Ella McMullen now own the record.

WHS won the 4×100 with a time of 52.39 thanks to Camryn Irvin, Reynolds, Jalie Henthorne and McMullen. In the 4×200, Irvin, Berman, Henthorne and McMullen posted a winning effort of 1:49.58 and it was Combs, Reagan Ortiz, Chloe Lightfritz and Winsett finishing in 10:43.08 to top the field in the 4×800.

Morrison’s trio of wins came in the long jump, where he cleared 19-8 to beat Wirt County’s Ryan Alton (17-4.5), and in the two hurdles events. The Rebel finished in 15.51 to win the 110s and went 41.77 to win the 300s. Williamstown’s Malachi Stewart (16.88 and 43.17) was runner-up in both. Morrison was denied the perfect 40 when he had to settle for second place with a 23.57 in the 200, which was just behind Oak Glen’s Tristan Lawson (23.21). The Golden Bear also won the 100 with a time of 11.49 to best runner-up Colten Sites of Marietta (12.47).

Tyler Consolidated’s Spencer Corley was a double-winner. He topped teammate Austin Timmons (2:10.72 to 2:16.88) to win the 800 and the Silver Knight also bested teammate Hadyn Brown to capture the high jump crown (6-0 to 5-10).

Host Williamstown received a win in the discus from Isaac Joy (117-7), who finished third in the shot put (41-7.5) behind winner Jeremy Taylor of Oak Glen (44-6.5) and Ritchie County’s Kaleb Cole (43-8). Rebel Connor Shaffer was runner-up in the discus (111-9).

The only meet record for the boys came in the 1600 where Konnor Allison of Oak Glen clocked in at 4:35.34 to erase the previous mark of 4:36.00 set back in 2004 by Ravenswood’s Andrew Benford. Marietta’s Ezra Minard was second with a time of 4:45.42. Williamstown’s Zach Cannon, who was third in the 1600 (4:55.80), finished runner-up to Konchar in the 2-mile (10:42.17 to 10:56.72). The Golden Bears also got a win in the 400 from Matthew Greenlief (53.69).

Ritchie County was able to amass 20 team points thanks to triumphs in the 4×400 (Morgan Knight, Zyan Hardbarger, Alex Owens, Creed Knight; 3:54.78) and the shuttles (C. Knight, Ethan Haught, Bruce Moyer, Cayden Moore; 1:06.75).

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