SPENCER – Folks at County Stadium were seeing double on Friday night during the trophy presentation for the Roane Early Bird Invitational track and field meet.
The reason: Ripley came to the awards area not once, but twice to pick up a championship team trophy. Both the Viking boys squad and Lady Viking girls team finished first in the team competition.
Ripley's boys scored 179.5 in the meet while the Lady Vikings racked up 145.
Roane County was second in both divisions with the Raider boys scoring 174.5 and the Lady Raiders 104.
Ripley's Molli Cunningham earned the High Point award in the girls competition, scoring 30.5.
Cunningham won both the 100 hurdles in a time of 17.25 and the 300 hurdles with a clocking of 52.40. She also ran the anchor leg on the first place Lady Viking shuttle hurdle relay team. She joined Holly Farkosh, Erica Gibson and Amanda Longanacre in producing a time of 1:21.41. Rounding out Cunningham's evening was a second place finish in the pole vault, clearing 7-06.
Audra Thomas had two firsts for the Lady Vikings by winning the 200 meter dash (28.69) and the 400 (1:06.29). Maddi Randolph was the winner of the pole vault (7-06).
Thomas was also second in the high jump (4-06). Other second place finishers for Ripley were Farkosh in the 100 hurdles (18.05) and 300 hurdles (54.78) and the 4x800 relay (12:04.69) of Taylor Dale, Kelsey Holmes, Kelsey Frampton and Madison Sanders.
Placing third were Holmes in the 3200 (15:20.01) along with Gibson in the high jump (4-04) and pole vault (7-00). The 4x400 team, consisting of Dale, Emily Oldham, Sanders and Longanacre, was also third (5:23.53). Placing fourth were Gibson in the 100 hurdles (19.42), Julia Scruggs in the discus (68-09), Caylee Painter in the long jump (13-04) along with the 4x100 (59.62) and the 4x200 (2:04.34) relay teams. Brown, Longanacre, Oldham and Painter were on the 4x100 while Farkosh, Longanacre, Oldham and Thomas made up the 4x200. Painter was sixth in the 100 (14.80).
For the Vikings, Antonio Jones was a double winner in the 800 (2:07.81) and the 1600 (4:54.81). Caleb Casto was first in the 3200 (10.29.15) with Sammy Shaver getting the 300 hurdle (43.26) win. Ripley also picked up two relay victories.
The 4x400 (48.53) of Skye Stover, Levi Phillips, Tucker Miller and Tyler Kidd picked up a win as did the 4x 800 (8:50.71) of Phillips, Stever, Jacob Fields and Alex Espino.
Placing second for the Vikings were Jake Casto (4:58.85), Phillips in the 3200 (10:49.59) and the shuttle hurdle unit (1:06.07) of Cody Harris, Chad Longanacre, Tyler Jones and Shaver. The 4x100 (48.53) and 4x200 (1:41.11) teams also finished second. Both relays were made up of Colton Holmes, Paul Lively, Kidd and Quaseem Fields.
Coming in third were Holmes in the 200 (25.22), Stover in the 400 (58.33), Longanacre in the 3200 (11:07.84), Aaron Walters in the 110 hurdles (18.45) and 300 hurdles (46.59), Zane Griffith in the pole vault (10-06), Shaver in the long jump (18-01.5) and D.J. Cummings in the discus (109.5). Fourth place finishers were Espino in the 400 (1:00.01), Jake Casto in the 800 (2:12.58) and Harris in the 100 hurdles (18.72) and 300 hurdles (46.74). Those placing fifth were Fields in the 200 (25.68), Jared Wendall in the 110 hurdles (19.79) and Shaver in the pole vault (9-0). Coming in sixth were Miller in the 400 (1:01.45) and Cummings in the shot put (33-02). Walters and Harris tied for sixth in the long jump (5-0).
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