Ripley track and field teams compete at Erickson Invitational

Mark Martin

Ripley’s Lady Viking track and field team racked up 169 points to finish second at the 20th annual Erickson Invitational.

The girls competition at Parkersburg South’s Erickson All-Sports Facility was won by Huntington, who accumulated 179.

Individuals placing first for the Lady Vikings were Opal Huffman in the 400 meters, Tori Fisher in the long jump and Jazmine Parsons in the pole vault. Huffman posted a time of 1:02.60, Fisher’s winning leap was 15-10 and Parsons cleared 9-0.

Ripley’s 4x800 team of Emma Shockey, Haleigh McCune, Opal Huffman and Jadyn Casto turned in a winning time of 10:29.61.

Finishing second were Opal Huffman in the 800 (2:32.34), McCune in the 3200 (12:54.98), Aurora Huffman in 300 hurdles (52.03) and Mya Phalen in the pole vault (9-0).

Relays coming in second included the 4x100 team (58.65), which consisted of Mia Casto, Morgan Shanklin, Gabby Miller and Phalen, the 4x400 unit (4:34.41), featuring Jadyn Casto, Miller, Tori Fisher and Aurora Huffman, and the shuttle hurdle squad (1:13.22), which was made up of  Parsons, Kaylee Smith, Phalen and Aurora Huffman.

Placing third for Ripley were Mia Casto in the 200 (29.18), Jadyn Casto in the 400 (1:06.16), McCune in the 1600 (5:59.23), Aurora Huffman in the 100 hurdles (18.37), Shockey in the 3200 (13:26.07) and Gwyneth Gandee in the pole vault (8-6).

Taking fourth for Ripley were Fisher in the 400 (1:06.63) and 800 (2:35.57), Smith in the 300 hurdles (56.36) and Mia Casto in the shot put (31-06.5).

Earning a placing of fifth were Aurora Huffman in the 100 (14.20), Jadyn Casto in the 800 (2:37.35), Emma Shockey in the 1600 (6:13.34) and Kadence Southall in the 300 hurdles (1:02.16).

Scoring points for sixth place were Smith in the long jump (13-10.5) and Emily Frashier in the high jump (4-04).

In the boys division, Ripley was third with 118 points. Parkersburg South took first with 166 and Huntington had 159.

Individuals to garner first were Noah Kessell in the 400 (54.91), Chase Pepper in the 800 (2:08.03), Max Meadows in the 3200 (10:44.80) and Frankie Winter in the discus (129-00).

Ripley’s 4x4 and 4x8 relay squads took first. The 4x400 (3:49.79) unit featured Daniel Goodreau, Mason Dennis, Chase Pepper and Kessell. Making up the 4x800 (9:07.86) squad were Goodreau, Pepper, Kessell and Meadows.

Placing second were Jake Harvey in the high jump (5-10) and long jump (18-07) along with the 4x100 team of Aydin Dominco, Julian Hoss, Harvey and Joey Ramsey.

Coming in third for the Vikings were Dennis in the 800 (2:28.81), Meadows in the 1600 (4:57.18), Connor Casto in the high jump (5-10) and the 4x2 squad (1:43.22), consisting of Domico, Hoss, Harvey and Ramsey.

Earning fifth for Ripley were Ramsey in the 200 (24.13), Casto in the 100 hurdles (18.31) and 300 hurdles (48.13) and Quinton Joyner in the shot put (35-10).

Ramsey was sixth in the 100 (12.06) as was Goodreau in the 400 (58.55).