CHARLESTON-The Big Red boys from Parkersburg High School did not succeed in bringing back a Class AAA state championship for the first time since 1965. But, head coach Kenny DeMoss' team has "turned the corner" after its third place finish on Saturday.
Led by second place finishes by Evan Rhodes in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles (39.52) and Daniel Fox in the long jump (20-10), Parkersburg finished with 43 points to trail only pre-race favorites Jefferson (121) and Cabell Midland (78).
"Last year we came into the meet with an 88-11 mark and finished 19th with 18.5 points," said DeMoss. "This year the boys have come down and competed and hopefully the results of their hard work will be seen in the following years."
Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Parkersburg’s Evan Rhodes clears the final hurdle in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles. The Big Red junior finished second with a time of 39.52 seconds.
Coming off its first regional title since 1995, Parkersburg received a third place finish from Chandler Hamilton in the 100 meter dash (11.2) and third place efforts from Austin Allman in the high jump (6-0) and Brandon Pethel in the discus (147-5).
Finishing in 10th place with 18 points was Parkersburg South.
The Patriots of head coach Steve Fox received a second place effort from Dylon Rippeto in the discus (156-10) and a pair of sixth places from Logan Cox in the 110 meter high hurdles (15.76) and discus (138-5).
In the girls' division, Parkersburg South's Jessica Hamrick was the only local to bring back a first place medal as the senior topped the field in the pole vault with a leap of 10-feet, 6-inches.
Parkersburg sophomore Sarah Bever came in second in the 300 meter low hurdles (46.37) and Whitney McAtee placed fourth in both the shot put (36-0.5) and discus (116-10).
Ripley had a pair of individual placers as Antonio Jones finished sixth in the 800 meter run (1:58.42) and Zane Griffith placed fourth in the pole vault (12-0).