POINT PLEASANT – On the day in which the West Virginia high school basketball season was wrapping up in Charleston with the three state championships, the track and field season for many schools was getting underway with meets taking place around the state.

Both Ripley High teams launched their seasons by competing in the First Call Invitational at the Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field complex in Point Pleasant. The Lady Vikings of head coach Tim Ross finished second in the 10-team girls division with 97 points. Winfield took the team title with 177. Mike Bright’s Vikings were third among 12 boys teams with 77 points. Winfield took the boys crown with 88 points while Buffalo’s 84 was good for second.

Molli Cunningham had the lone individual first place finish for the Lady Vikings by winning the 300 hurdles (50.00). Cunningham also teamed up with Holly Farkosh, Erica Gibson and Madison Sanders to capture first in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:10.81). Placing second for Ripley were Laurel Miller in the 400 (1:06.05) and a pair of relay teams. One was the 4x200 (1:54.15) made up of Farkosh, Caylee Painter, Laurel Miller and Audra Thomas and the 4x800 unit (11:49.61) of Kaitlyn Titus, Haley Carson, Kelsey Holmes and Hope King.

Farkosh was third in both the 100 (17.55) and 300 hurdles (52.27). Also placing third were the 4x 400 team (4:46.65) of Haley Carson, Madison Sanders, Thomas and Kaitlyn Titus and Miller in the high jump (4-06).
Fourth place finishers were Cunningham in the pole vault (8-0), Carson in the 800 (2:47.79), Holmes in the 1600 (6:53.95) and the 4x100 team (58.23) of Michaella Prater, Sophia Brown, Courtney Lanham and Caylee Painter.
Holmes was fifth in the 3200 (15:03.44). Placing sixth were Painter in the 100 (14.01) and Thomas in the 200 (30.14).

The Viking boys team recorded two firsts on the day. Zane Griffith picked up where he left off last season by winning the pole vault (13-0). The other win was turned in by the shuttle relay team (1:05.94) of Aaron Walters, Paul Lively, Jared Wendell and Cody Harris.

Jake Casto was second in the 3200 (10:20.68) as was DJ Cummings (120-05) in the discus. Placing third were Casto in the 1600 (4:47.45), Aaron Walters in the high jump (5-06) and the 4x800 team (9:05.26) of Braxton Morrison, Mikey Null, Levi Phillips and Casto. Coming in fourth were the Ripley B team shuttle unit (1:13.07) of Ridge Dalrymple, Sean Fields, Chance Ranson and Null, Harris in the 110 hurdles (17.41) and Null in the 300 hurdles (46.35).

Logan Buckalew was fifth in the discus (109-07). The 4x100 team (49.55) made up of Paul Lively, Jojo Fay, Skye Stover and Garrett Robertson was sixth.