RIPLEY – For the second time in the span of less than a week, Ripley High School's track and field teams claimed a title.
This time it was at the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium.
Both the Vikings and Lady Vikings were presented with the championship of the Viking Classic last Thursday night (March 28).
The Vikings racked up 166 points to win the boys division while the Lady Vikings accumulated 148 for the evening to take the girls portion of the meet.
The Viking Classic also marked the season debut for Ravenswood's two track and field teams. The Devilettes scored 35 in the girls competition while the Red Devils managed 15 points in the boys portion of the meet.
Roane was second in the boys division by scoring 120 while Charleston Catholic placed third with 78. Others competing were Richwood (65), Gilmer (56), Independence (34), Mingo Central (10) and the Ripley "B" team (7).
Catholic was the runner-up to Ripley in the girls meet with 106. Roane was third with 83.5. The remainder of the scoring went like this: Richwood (79), Gilmer (57), Independence (41) and the Gilmer "B" (.05).
Ryan Gregory picked up a pair of firsts for the Vikings in the 300 hurdles with a clocking of 42.43 and the long jump with a leap of 19-01. Gregory, who also scored in the high jump and shuttles, was the boys High Point Trophy winner by amassing 24.5 on the night.
Antonio Jones also had an individual first, winning the 800 in a time of 54.30. Ripley also garnered wins in the 4x800 and shuttle hurdle relays. The 4x 800 team of Chad Longanacre, Jake Casto, Caleb Casto and Jones produced a winning time of 8:43.73. The shuttle unit of Tyler Jones, Longanacre, Sammy Shaver and Gregory posted a time of 1:03.08.
Finishing second for Ripley were Jake Casto in the 1600 (4:54.92), Caleb Casto in the 3200 (10:30.06), Aaron Walters in the 100 hurdles (18.03), Zane Griffith in the pole vault (11-0), Gregory (four-way tie) in the long jump (5-08), the 4x100 team (48.18) and 4x 200 squad (1:39.01) of Colton Holmes, Tyler Kidd, Quaseem Fields and David Baker and the 4x400 unit of Skye Stover, Levi Phillips, Alex Espino and Kidd (3:48.58).
Coming in third for the Vikings were Baker in the 200 (24.84), Longanacre in the 3200 (10:37.37) and Shaver in the 300 (44.82). Placing fourth were Baker in the 100 (12.04), Holmes in the 200 (24.86), Jones in the 400 (54.30), Phillips in the 3200 (10:52.29), Tyler Jones in the 110 hurdles (18.85). Daryl Hicks and D.J. Cummings tied for fourth in the shot put (39-05). Finishing fifth Jake Casto in the 800 (2:11.50) and Shaver in the long jump (18-05) and pole vault (9-06). Walters was sixth in the 300 hurdles (46.97).
Ravenswood's boys team got a third from Andrew Ely in the 100 (11.99) and Luke Sadecky in the 1600 (5:07.95). Ely was also fifth in the 200 (24.96) while Jesse Mize picked up a sixth in the shot put (38-03).
The Ripley "B" teams points came from the the 4x 800 team (10:23), consisting of Zak Haga, Jacob Fields, Dillon Welling and Michael Hellems, which placed fifth. The 4x400 unit (4:14.02) also was fifth with Haga, Fields, Tucker Miller and Hellems making up the foursome. Jared Wendell was fifth in the 110 hurdles (19.42) while Eldrick Millares was sixth in the pole vault (8-04).
Page 2 of 2 - Ali Cunningham led the way for the Lady Vikings by winning three events. Cunningham was first in the 800 (2:30.06), 1600 (5:35.80) and the 3200 (12:08.37) and was a member of the second place 4x400 meter relay. She easily captured the High Point Trophy by scoring 32.5.
Holly Farkosh picked up two wins in the 100 hurdles (17.34) and the 300 hurdles (51.61). Audra Thomas won the 200 (28.87) while Caylee Painter took first in the long jump (13-02). The shuttle relay squad (1:13.60), consisting of Krissa Scarberry, Holly Farkosh, Amanda Longanacre and Erica Gibson, also garnered first.
Placing second for the Lady Vikings were Thomas in the 400 (1:05.74), Maddi Randolph in the pole vault (7-0) and the 4x400 team (4:35.77) of Farkosh, Longanacre, Thomas and Cunningham.
Coming in third for Ripley were Molli Cunningham in the 100 hurdles (18.29), Painter in the 100 (14.46), Gibson in the high jump (4-06), and the 4x100 team (58.34) of Morgan Pierson, Emily Oldham, Painter and Cassidy Tolley. Fourth place finishers were Makala Kyte in the shot put (27-02.5), Thomas in the high jump (4-04) and the 4x 800 unit (13:44.98), featuring Taylor Dale, Kelsey Frampton, Kelsey Holmes and Kensey Bergdorf. The 4x200 team (2:10.09) of Krissa Scarberry, Oldham, Tolley and Jade Donohew placed fifth. Placing sixth were Gibson in the 100 hurdles (19.60) and Amanda Longanacre in the 300 hurdles (59.50).
Molli Cunningham, Ripley's outstanding junior hurdler and pole vaulter, suffered a broken wrist in the meet after falling in the 300 hurdles. Cunningham, who was coming off a High Point Trophy performance at Roane County High School's Early Bird Invitational, will likely be able to continue running the hurdles but will unfortunately be sidelined from pole vault competition.
Hailey Miller was Ravenswood's top finisher garnering a first in the 400 (1:01.05). She also earned a second in the 800 (2:35.32) as did Taylor Treadway in the 3200 (12:45.91).
Treadway was third in the 1600 (6:04.03) while Taylor Love placed fifth (6:20.34). Miller, Melonna Carmichael, Mariah Currey and Summer Perry teamed up for a sixth place finish in the 4x100 (59.05).