PHS boys track wins MSAC crown | News, Sports, Jobs
CHARLESTON – The Parkersburg High School boys ran off with the Mountain State Athletic Conference track team title here Friday night at Laidley Field as head coach Rod O’Donnell’s team took on dominated the game with 154 points, which easily surpassed Cabell Midland’s 92. points.
Justin Waybright was a double winner in shot put (48-8) and discus (152-4) as was teammate Keegan Barnette in 800 (2: 01.56) and 1600 (4: 24.02). The Big Reds also received gold from Bryson Singer in the long jump with an effort of 19 feet, 10 inches as well as Ethan Rutherford in the 400 with his time of 51.57.
Parkersburg, who finished second to Cabell Midland two years ago at the last MSAC meeting, finished the night with a time of 3: 37.36 to win the 4 × 4 crown. Franklin Angelos, who finished second in the 800s and 1600s, joined Barnette, Aaron Kupfner and Gabe Ray. Ray was also third in the 400 and Rutherford did the same in the 200. Kupfner’s 15.69 effort was good enough for the money in the 110 high hurdles.
Quayvon Cyrus was 5-6 in the high jump for the top honors as Singer’s 5-4 performance was good for the third. Cyrus was fifth in the long jump.
Charlie Bauman’s 46-foot, 5-inch lift was good for second in the shot put and he was fourth on the discus. Casey Mahoney was third in discus and fourth in shot put.
PHS also won points in 4 × 1 (third) and 4 × 2 (fourth) thanks to Kyle Hall, Daniel Jones, Cyrus and Singer.
Head coach Lia Fleek’s Big Red daughters finished sixth in 2019, but have won almost everything this year. Huntington clinched the tag team title with 117 points as the Highlanders clinched PHS runner-up (111) and third place Cabell Midland (109).
Coach Fleek’s team got 40 points via a quartet of relay wins with the 4 × 2 (1: 52.70, Destiny Hastings, Payton Harvey, Kendal Domenick, Claire Tatterson), the 4 × 4 (4: 24.26, Tatterson , Addison Gherke, Abby Broadwater, Aubrey Lantz), 4 × 8 (10: 50.45, Alyssa Barker, Broadwater, Olivia Perkins, Lantz) and shuttles (1: 08.37, Lily Wharton, Tatterson, Gherke, Domenick).
Gherke was second in the 300 hurdles and just beat Wharton, 48.35 to 48.87.
Wharton won silver in the 100 with a time of 13.26 and was also one of three Big Reds to place in the 200. Wharton’s time of 27.62 was good for third place. Tatterson and Hastings were fifth and sixth respectively. Hastings was third in the long jump and Domenick also won bronze in the 100 hurdles.
Big Red pitchers Mary Simmons (third in discus, fourth in shot put) and Jacqualin Leaman (fifth in discus, sixth in shooting) also climbed to the podium.
Harvey amassed points finishing fourth in the 400 and fifth in the 800. Harvey’s time of 2: 37.66 in the 800 was just behind Lantz’s in 2: 37.60.
In the 3200, Abigail Anderson had two points for placing fifth. In addition, Barker was fifth in the pole vault and Haylie Polan was sixth.