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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Viking track and field team is second at BB&T Classic

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  • CHARLESTON – Scoring in 13 of the 18 events, Ripley's track and field team cashed in at the annual BB&T Classic last Friday at UC Stadium.
    The Vikings amassed 84 points to finish as runners-up, falling just seven points shy of team champion Capital. The boys division consisted of 17 teams.
    "We are very proud of that one (performance)," said Viking head coach Jason Ward on Sunday enroute to New Philadelphia, Ohio where he was competing in the Union Hospital Run for Home Half Marathon. "We were definitely competing against good competition. We are very proud of the kids' efforts. They responded to the challenge."
    Ryan Gregory captured first place in the 300 hurdles and the 4x800 meter relay and also picked up a win for the Blue and White. Gregory posted a winning time of 41.98 and was followed closely by teammate Sammy Shaver, who placed second in a time of 42.15, giving Ripley a 1-2 finish in the grueling race.
    The 4x800 foursome of Chad Longanacre, Jake Casto, Caleb Casto and Antonio Jones combined for a victorious 8:34.71 clocking.
    Besides Shaver, other second place finishes for Ripley were turned in by Caleb Casto in the 3200 meters (10.19.67), Zane Griffith in the pole vault (12-0) and the shuttle hurdle relay squad (1:05.41), consisting of Tyler Jones, Longanacre, Shaver and Gregory.
    Third place finishers for the Vikings were Jones in the 800 (2:05.05) and Shaver in the 110 high hurdles (16.84). Ripley had fourth place finishes by Gregory in the long jump (18-05) along with the 4x200 (1:37.53) and 4x400 (3:45.07) squads. The 4x200 team featured Colton Holmes, Paul Lively, Quaseem Fields and David Baker. The 4x400 unit was made up of Skye Stover, Levi Phillips, Jones and Gregory.
    Garnering fifth place was Longanacre in the 1600 (4:50.55). Longanacre was also sixth in the 800 (2:07.85). Also finishing sixth was the 4x100 team (47.30) of Holmes, Lively, Fields and Baker.
    Ripley's Lady Vikings scored 13 points to place seventh in the 19-team girls division.
    Maddi Randolph tied for second in the pole vault (8-0).
    Holly Farkosh was fifth in the 100 high hurdles (17.01). The shuttle relay team was also fifth (1:13.59) with Amanda Longanacre, Madison Sanders, Erica Gibson and Farkosh assembling the foursome. Audra Thomas was sixth in the high jump (4-06) as was the 4x400 relay squad (4:48.51) of Farkosh, Longanacre, Sanders and Thomas.

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