Field of dreams: Ripley scores in field events at Class AAA state meet

Mark Martin

It was the field portion of the West Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet where Ripley High produced points last Saturday inside University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.

Ripley’s girls team put 12 points on the board while the Viking boys team registered seven.

Two Lady Vikings came away with third place finishes in their respective events.

Ripley junior Tori Fisher stands on the podium at the West Virginia State High School Track and Field Meet following her third place finish in the long jump. She scored with a leap of 15-11.75.

Junior Tori Fisher scored in the long jump with a best leap of 15-11.75.

Meanwhile, teammate Mya Phalen, a freshman, soared 9-06 in the pole vault for her finish of third.

Freshman Mya Phalen placed third for the Lady Vikings of Ripley at the West Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet in the pole vault. Phalen cleared the bar at 9-06.

The 12 points placed the Lady Vikings 10th overall in the team standings.

Jefferson won the girls AAA title with 87 points. Morgantown was the runner-up with 77.

Ripley entered as the defending Class AAA state champs in 2018 and 2019 and was the runner-up in 2017. There was no state meet a year ago due to COVID-19.

The Lady Vikings also had some close calls for points in other events (the top six score points — 10 for first, eight for second, six for third, four for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth).

Jazmin Parsons, a sophomore, just missed scoring in the pole vault by placing seventh. Her best was 9-0.

Ripley’s 4x800 team of junior Tori Fisher, junior Haleigh McCune, senior Jadyn Casto and freshman Opal Huffman placed seventh with a time of 10:27.98.

Huffman was eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 1:02.23.

Gwyneth Gandee, a junior, was ninth in the pole vault at 9-0.

The shuttle hurdles squad of sophomore Jazmin Parsons, Phalen, Kaylee Smith and Aurora Huffman was ninth in a time of 1:14.38.

The 4x4 squad also placed ninth. Junior Haleigh McCune, Fisher, Jadyn Casto and Opal Huffman teamed up to turn in a time of 4:28.41.

Aurora Huffman ran the 300 meters in a time of 50.56.

Junior Mia Casto had a throw of 31-01.75 in the shot put.

Jadyn Casto turned in a time of 2:37.46 in the 800 meters.

McCune posted a time of 12:59.31 in the 3200 meters.

For the Vikings of head coach Jason Cunningham, Jake Harvey led the way by finishing in a tie for second in the high jump.

Ripley junior Jake Harvey tied for second in the Class AAA high jump at last Saturday's West Virginia High School Track and Field Meet.

Harvey, a junior, cleared the bar at 6-0 as did Dievens Lebreton of Hedgesville.

The tie gave Harvey seven points, which was the Viking team total.

Parkersburg was the AAA state champs with 110 points. Wheeling Park finished second with 81.

Harvey was a member of Ripley’s 4x400 relay team, which posted a time of 3:47.17. He was joined by freshman Max Meadows, senior Daniel Goodreau and junior Noah Kessell.

Ripley’s 4x800 squad had a time of 9:06.56. Senior Mason Dennis, Goodrea, Meadows and Kessell made up the unit.

Sophomore Frankie Winter had a throw of 130-07 in the discus.

Jacob Banton, a sophomore, went 11-0 in the pole vault.

Connor Casto, a freshman, cleared 5-08 in the high jump.