Ripley track and field teams compete in State Meet warmup

Mark Martin

Forever, it was known as the Gazette Relays.

A few tweaks here and there in the name would occur through the years with some type of sponsorship.

The “Gazettes,” as the meet was commonly referred to by so many in the circles of high school track and field, now has a new name — the Tudor’s Biscuit World Charleston Relays.

Regardless of what the official title is for the meet, one thing remains the same for teams who come to compete and that is to get a gauge on what things will be like for the upcoming West Virginia High School Track and Field Meet.

This year’s State Meet will take place June 9-12 at University of Charleston Stadium — the site of the Tudor’s Biscuit World Relays.

This year’s invitational was broken up into three different days for the trio of classifications.

Ripley competed on Friday in the Class AAA portion of the meet.

The Lady Viking girls squad placed fourth with 61 points while the boys finished sixth with 48.50.

In individual events, freshman Opal Huffman was second in the 400 meters with a time of 1:02.56 while Jazmin Parsons, another sophomore, placed second in the pole vault by going 9-0.  Ripley also earned a second in the 4x800 meter relay (10:39.69) with senior Jadyn Casto, junior Tori Fisher, Huffman and junior Haleigh McCune making up the foursome.  

Finishing third was Huffman in the 800 meters (2:31.15), McCune in the 3200 meters (13:24.72) and Fisher in the long jump (15-04). Ripley’s shuttle hurdle relay team (1:12.87) of Parsons, freshman Mya Phalen, sophomore Kaylee Smith and senior Aurora Huffman also placed third.

Coming in fourth for Ripley were Casto in the 800 meters (2:31.82), Aurora Huffman in the 300 hurdles (51.99) and Phalen (tie) in the pole vault (8-06).

The Lady Viking 4x400 relay squad (4:34.84), consisting of freshman Gabby Miler, Fisher, Casto and Opal Huffman, placed fifth.

Huntington won the Class AAA portion of the girls meet with 99.5 points. Hurricane was second with 82.

Ripley’s boys came away with two firsts in the competition.

Individually, Jake Harvey won the high jump by clearing the bar at 6-0.

The 4x400 relay team (3:40.15) had the other first place finish. Making up the foursome were junior Noah Kessell, freshman Max Meadows, junior Chase Pepper and senior Daniel Goodreau.

Meadows was the lone Ripley athlete to place third. He did so in the 3200 meters (10:34.63).

Harvey was fourth in the long jump (19-09.5) as were Pepper in the 400 (53.31) and Frankie Winter in the shot put (42-05). The 4x800 meter squad (9:09.03), made up of Meadows, senior Mason Dennis, Kessell and Pepper, also picked up a fourth.

There were two finishes of fifth for the Vikings — freshman Connor Casto in the high jump (5-6) and the 4x100 unit (47.31) of freshman Aydin Dominco, Harvey, sophomore Julian Hoss and sophomore Joey Ramsey.

Kessell in the 400 (55.22), Pepper in the 800 (2:09.56) and the shuttle hurdle squad (1:10.55) of sophomore Jacob Banton, Dennis, Casto and sophomore Tyler Adkins placed sixth.

Parkersburg High won the boys division with 112.50 points. Bridgeport was second with 69.

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In previous action this track and field season, both Ripley teams placed fifth at the Paul Wood Memorial Invitational on the Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Point Pleasant

The Lady Vikings scored 70 points in the team standings. In the boys division, Ripley accumulated 56.

Ripley’s girls had one individual finish of first with McCune taking the 3200 meters in a time of 12:41.59.

Ripley had one winning relay team by capturing the 4x800 (10:33.55). The foursome consisted of McCune, Fisher, Jaydn Casto and Opal Huffman.

Coming in second for Ripley were Opal Huffman in the 400 (1:02.02) and Gywneth Gandee, a junior, in the pole vault (9-0).

Placing third for Ripley were Phalen in the pole vault (8-06), Shockey in the 3200 (13:08.21) and the 4x400 team (4:37.94), featuring Jadyn Casto, Aurora Huffman, Opal Huffman and McCune.

Fisher was fourth in the long jump (14-09).

Finishing fifth for the Lady Vikings were Parsons in the 100 hurdles (18.14), Aurora Huffman in 300 hurdles (51.85) and the 4x100 team (58.88) of Mia Casto, freshman Morgan Shanklin, Miller, Kadence Southall.

Coming in sixth were Fisher in the 400 meters (1:05.98) and high jump (4-06), Shockey in the 1600 meters (6:06.51), Aurora Huffman in the 100 hurdles (18.73) and the 4x200 team (2:11.83) of Mia Casto, Jadyn Casto, Shanklin and Phalen.

Winfield was the team winner with 118 points while Parkersburg placed second with 97.

Individually for the Viking boys, Harvey was first in the long jump (18-07.50) and took second in the high jump (5-10).

Ripley’s boys 4x100 and 4x200 teams placed second. The foursome in the 4x1 unit (47.88) featured Domico, Hoss, Harvey and sophomore Josh Roush. The 4x2 squad (1:39.11) consisted of Domico, Harvey, Ramsey and Roush.

Ramsey and Roush were both third in the 100 (11.94) and 200 (24.26), respectively.

Meadows finished fourth in the 3200 (10:25.70). The 4x800 squad (9:35.79) of Goodreau, Kessell, Meadows and Pepper also placed fourth.

The 4x400 unit (6:00.00) of Goodreau, Pepper, Ramsey and Kessell placed fifth.

Cabell Midland was the team winner with 110 while the host school, Point Pleasant, came in second with 105.