PHS sweeps South Invite

PARKERSBURG – For the second week in a row the boys and girls track teams from Parkersburg High brought their brooms with them to a track meet, sweeping both divisions of the Parkersburg South Invitational held Thursday at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

Sophomore Sarah Bever captured individual first places in the high jump (5-5), 100 meter high (16.11) and 300 meter low (50.69) hurdles and anchored the Big Reds’ winning shuttle hurdle relay (1:08.74) to finish with a meet-high 32.5 points as Parkersburg took home the first place team trophy by a 53-point, 173-120, margin over runner-up John Marshall.

Finishing third with 113 points was the host Patriots while the rest of the field included Williamstown (69), Wahama (32), St. Marys (26) and Wirt County (14).

“We’ve been working on 400s to improve my endurance and it’s been working,” said Bever. “That and my gymnastics training has really given me a lot of spring in my legs and you need that in the events that I compete in.”

Parkersburg, which will run next at the John Marshall Invitational next weekend, also received first place efforts from Rachel Morris (800, 2:31.8) and Whitney McAtee (discus, 113-2).

Finishing with 30 points was Wahama speedster Kelsey Zuspan. The senior captured the 100 (13.01) and 200 (27.51) meter dashes as well as the long jump (15-0.25). Other local winners included Parkersburg South’s Demi DeGraef (400, 1:02.61), Allison Currey (1600, 5:51.12), and Jessica Hamrick (pole vault, 9-0), and St. Marys’ Maggie Drazba (3200, 11:40.25).

Defending the team title they took back to the north side of the Little Kanawha River a year ago were the Big Red boys-winning by a 162-118 margin over Parkersburg South.

Leading the way was junior sprinter Chandler Hamilton, who captured the 100 (11.39) and 200 (23.69) and anchored the Big Reds’ winning 4 by 200 relay (1:33.65) to finish with 24.5 points.

Placing third in the team race was Williamstown with 98 points followed by St. Marys (64.5), John Marshall (51), Wahama (32.5) and Wirt County (32).

Taking home individual high point honors was the Blue Devils’ Dylan Fetty. The senior captured the long jump (19-4.5) and high jump (6-0) and finished third in the 300 meter intermediates to amass 27 points.

Other local winners included Parkersburg’s Landon Miller (400, 54.22), Nick Musgrave (3200, 10:28.72), and Evan Rhodes (300 IM, 42.71), Parkersburg South’s Troy Alton (110 HH, 16.86) and Dylan Rippeto (discus, 145-10), Williamstown’s Evan Fowler (800, 2:02.38), Mitchell Geortler (pole vault, 10-0) and Evan Smith (shot put, 48-6), and St. Marys’ Jordan Whitehair (1600, 4:41.17).