Ripley’s Lady Vikings will definitely take plenty of momentum into this coming weekend’s West Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet.

Ripley’s Lady Vikings will definitely take plenty of momentum into this coming weekend’s West Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet.


They will head to University of Charleston Stadium/Laidley Field following a championship performance at last Thursday’s Class AAA Region IV Meet staged in Parkersburg.


The Lady Vikings scored 126 points to take the overall team title and will now move on to the capital city in search of a state championship. Last May, Ripley finished second to Morgantown for the state title by a narrow margin of 82-80.


Hurricane placed second behind Ripley with 112 points.


On Thursday  at Stadium Field, Ripley had a bevy of outstanding individual performances.


Tori Starcher was a winner in all of her specialties. The sophomore won the 800 meters in a time of 2:10.52, the 1600 meters with a 5:17.13 clocking and turned the oval for eight laps in 11:00.36 in the 3200 meters. Starcher, a state champ in all three of those events last year, also ran the anchor for the winning 4x400 relay unit, which finished with a time of 4:11.48. Starcher anchored Ripley’s state championship 4x4 team a year ago in Charleston.


Sophomore Allison Fields, junior Cassidy Miller and senior Grace Bumpus joined Starcher on the 4x4 team.


Fields, the reigning Class AAA state champ in the 100, 200 and a member of that 4x4 team, won both speed events  on Thursday  in Parkersburg with times of 12.66 and 26.42, respectively.


Olivia Miller, a junior, was a double winner in two field events. Miller won the high jump (5-02) and the pole vault (9-06).


Cassidy Miller gave Ripley another first in the 300 meter hurdles (49.03).


Finishing second for the Lady Vikings were senior Maggie Criser in the shot put (32-00) and sophomore Parker Anderson in the discus (103-05).


Placing third for Ripley was freshman Morgan Jarvis in the pole vault (8-00). Bumpus was fourth in the 400 (1:04.78). Finishing fifth were junior Tessa Ray in the 100 (13.30), freshman Aurora Huffman in the 400 (1:06.67), the 4x100 team (52.95), which consisted of Bumpus, Anderson, Cassidy Miller and Ray, and the 4x800 unit (10:46.44), featuring freshman Aubrey Stephens, junior Allison Knox, junior Olivia Gandee and freshman Jadyn Casto. Coming in sixth were senior Presley Fisher in the pole vault (7-00) and Jadyn Simon in the discus (88-02).


The Ripley Vikings scored 42 points to finish sixth in the boys division.


A pair of second place performances paced the Viking scoring parade. Evan King did so in the pole vault (12-06) along with the 4x200 team (1:33.70) of senior Sam Pierson, senior Brian Ash, sophomore Noah Carson and senior Steven Carte.


Carte was third in the 200 meters (22.55), Pierson placed third in the 300 hurdles (40.93) and senior Drew Swisher tied for that spot in the pole vault (11-00). Pierson placed fourth in the 100 (11.39).


Finishing fifth for Ripley were senior Najee Jones in the 400 (55.64) and the 4x100 squad (45.55), featuring Carte, Carson, Ash and Pierson. Corbin Campbell, a junior, was sixth in the shot put (44-01.50).


The State Meet begins  Friday  at  2 p.m.  and run through the evening.  Saturday’s  action gets going at  9 a.m.  with field events while the running action takes off at 10. The awards ceremony is set at some point after  5 p.m.