ST. MARYS — Numerous Class A, Region I track records went by the wayside Friday evening at Bill Hanlin Stadium.
Ritchie County’s Olivia Cress scored 40 points and broke regional marks in the 300 hurdles (46.39) and the high jump (5-7) while also besting the field in the 100 hurdles (15.50) and the long jump (17-4.75) en route to helping the Rebels to 101 points, but well behind champion Williamstown’s 200.
Alyssa Sauro, who has been invited to the 15th edition of the International U18 Mountain Running Cup on June 26 in Saluzzo, Italy, broke regional records in the 800 (2:19.79), 1600 (4:51.92) and the 3200 (11.29.23). Teammate Brianna Winsett, who joined Sauro, Ava Lightfritz and Reagan Ortiz on the victorious 4×8 (10:24.20), was runner-up in all three events.
Shelby Smith won the 400 with a regional record time of 57.36 for the Yellowjackets of head coach Zach Hall, who also had Emma Berman and Madelyn Anderson finish one-two in the pole vault with respective efforts of 9 feet, 6 inches as well as Kyndra Johnson (32-8) and Emme Stull (32-5) going one-two in the shot put.
The Paden City shuttles team of Brandis Dalrymple, Hallie McDonald, Jocelyn Sawinski and Mady Still edged Williamstown’s Tara Fleming, Avery Smith, Sydney Anderson and Izabel Zide, 1:11.25 to 1:11.71, to keep the ‘Jackets from sweeping the relay events.
WHS claimed the 4×1 (Ella McMullen, Berman, Jalie Henthorne, Brookelyn Reynolds: 51.27), the 4×2 (McMullen, Berman, Henthorne, Smith: 1:48.86) and the 4×4 (McMullen, Berman, Reynolds, Smith: 2:01.36).
Erica Davis was a double-winner for the host Blue Devils. She topped Magnolia’s Jaci Rohde, 12.86 to 13.02, in the 100 and edged Smith in the 200, 26.03 to 26.20.
Tyler Consolidated’s Sydney Deaton was first in discus with a throw of 93 feet, 7 inches to best runner-up Becca Shamblin of Williamstown’s 91-10 effort.
Although Rebel Gus Morrison now owns the Region I best time of 14.89 in the 110 hurdles thanks to his qualifying effort, he was disqualified in the finals. He secured gold in the 300 hurdles (39.82), the long jump (21-0.25) and the 400 (52.47). The Rebels trumped Wheeling Central, 120-92, for the regional crown.
Two other boys etched their names in the records books. Wood County Christian’s Michael Cline broke the 3200 record with a time of 10:11.44. Wheeling Central’s Aidan Scott now owns the 1600 mark thanks to his clocking of 4:40.41. Scott also nipped Magnolia’s Brady Renner, 2:04.80 to 2:05.11, to secure a win in the 800.
St. Marys’ Josh Roush was a double-winner thanks to posting times of 11.35 and 23.35 in the 100 and 200, respectively. Blue Devil teammate Braden Hashman, the runner-up in the 300 hurdles, finished ahead of Ritchie County’s Marlon Moore to win the 110 hurdles — 15.14 to 15.52.
Other individual regional champions included Magnolia’s Austin Beverling in the high jump (5-10), Ritchie County’s Kodi Camp in the pole vault (12-6), Williamstown’s Aiden Corbett in the shot put (45-9) and Blue Devil Ethan Weikart in the discus, whose throw of 125 feet, 10 inches was seven inches better than Silver Knight runner-up David Grimes.
Hashman and Roush were joined by Peyton Girard and Evan Doering on the victorious 4×4 team that finished in 3:35.68.
Ritchie County had relay triumphs in the 4×8 (8:48.03) thanks to Cayden Moore, Heath Knight, Jeremiah Dalton and Russell Owens along with the shuttles (1:02.20) that featured Dom Worstell, Ethan Haught, Jonah Hamilton and Moore.
Class A, Region II
WEST UNION — Host Doddridge County rolled to the Region II titles at Cline Stansberry Stadium as the Bulldog girls beat South Harrison, 175-76, while the boys scored 187 points to easily top Trinity’s 89.
Lexi Lamb helped lead the way for the girls with wins in the 800 (2:19.81), 1600 (5:11.87), 3200 (11:05.35) as well as running a leg on the winning 4×4 (4:23.68) with teammates Catherine Cottrill, Faith Galagar and Carrie Lloyd. Not to be outdone, Abby McDonough swept the hurdles (100, 16.89; 300, 49.51) and won the pole vault after clearing 9 feet, 6 inches.
The Bulldogs’ 4×2 (Payton Currey, Nora Sias, Lloyd, Galagar: 1:54.64) and 4×8 (Bailey Holden, Emily Gola, Cassie Cumberledge, Cottrill: 11:01.17) also finished atop the podium.
South Harrion’s Shellie Baughman swept the throws by going 32-9 in the shot put and 113 feet, 9 inches in the discus.
The DCHS boys were aided by two golds apiece from Leo Stinespring (100, 11.37; 200, 23.86) and Trent Gola (800, 2:08.35; 3200, 10:49.30).
Seth Richards won the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.38 and Bulldog teammate Kaden Smith did the same after clearing 12 feet in the pole vault.
Adam Burnside was runner-up in both the shot put (44-7) and discus (129-9). The Bulldogs also earned 10 points in the 4×1 (Elisha Galagar, Jaycent Ash, Talyn Snyder, Stinespring: 45.85), the 4×4 (Snyder, Caleb Lloyd, Galagar, Stinespring: 3:37.86) and in the shuttles after Smith, Riley Curran, Gabe Bates and Richards crossed in 1:03.47.
Class A, Region IV
CHARLESTON — Calhoun County’s Savannah Cunningham scored 40 of the Red Devils’ 60 points at Laidley Field thanks to wins in the 100 (13.60), 200 (28.99), 400 (1:02.02) and the 800 (2:37.94).
Gilmer County’s Kiley Richards won the shot put by throwing 34 feet, 4 inches. The only other area individual champions for the girls came in the 300 hurdles with Ravenswood’s Lauren Raynes (52.64) and in the pole vault where Wahama’s Michaela Hieronymus cleared 8 feet, 6 inches.
Wirt County’s 4×8 quartet of Brooklyn Rood, Megan Cutlip, Meredith Cottrell and Shaylie Allen posted a winning time of 13:11.80. Wahama’s Heidi Cade, Lacey Neal, Hieronymus and Alyssa Vanmeter clocked in at 55.78 to win the 4×1.
White Falcon Rowen Gerlach collected two wins thanks to throwing 48 feet, 3 inches in the shot put and 147-4 in the discus.
Gilmer County’s Ean Hamric topped the field with his long jump of 18 feet, 9 inches. Also winning a regional event as an individual was Ravenwood’s Wyatt Milhoan, who posted a 53.23 in the 400. Hamric was runner-up in the 100, 200 and 400.
The lone victorious relay team from the LKC was Wahama’s 4×4 that finished in 3:47.07 with Gavin Hieronymus, Wyatt Harris, Sawyer VanMatre and Josiah Lloyd.