Prep track and field: Jacket girls win

WEST UNION, W.Va. – Host Doddridge County won the boys title and Williamstown took the girls championship at Friday night’s Cline Stansberry Invitational.

The Bulldogs came out on top of a night-long battle with rival Ritchie County, which had the high point individual in Jayden Allender, who accounted for 32 points. When the final event was concluded, Doddridge had amassed 110 points to 94 for Ritchie County. Rounding out the top five in the 13-team meet were Keyser (79), Roane County (69) and Williamstown (67).

The girls competition also turned into a two-team race between Little Kanawha Conference rivals, in this case Williamstown and Doddridge. Even though Sarah Ferguson captured high point honors with her 28 point effort, that wasn’t enough to give the Bulldogs the title as Williamstown’s solid depth allowed the Yellowjackets to score 114 points and beat Doddridge by a 20-point margin. Keyser was third with 80, followed by Liberty (63) and Roane County (52).

Allender was a triple winner, dominating both hurdles races as well as capturing the high jump championship. While he was the only triple winner, there were several athletes who won two events, including his Ritchie County teammate, Johnny Hogue, who won the distance races, taking both the 1600 and 3200. Troy Fisher of Roane County was the middle distance champion, taking the 400 and 800 while Blake Ravenscroft of Keyser was the top sprinter, winning the 100 and 200. Doddridge County won three of the five field events with with Dyllon Hayes capturing the pole vault, Zach Cottrill taking the long jump and Isaac Britton winning the discus.

In the girls meet, Ferguson won both hurdles races en route to high point honors. The only other individual double winner was Samantha Stout of Webster County, who won the 800 and 1600. Williamstown got first place efforts from Shealee Mossor in the 3200, Madelin Gardner in the pole vault and won three of the five relay races.

Josie Raines of Roane County won the 200, Haley Stephenson of Doddridge took the high jump, Laura Taylor of St. Marys won the shot put and Mikayla Little of Ritchie County captured the discus.