Making History

ONA – The Philip Barbour girls cross country team made history at Saturday’s Class AA-A state meet at Cabell Midland High School.

The Colts earned a tight victory over Charleston Catholic to become the first girls team to win four straight state titles.

Philip Barbour and Charleston Catholic both finished with 91 points. But the Colts won the tiebreaker based on their sixth-place finisher, Haley Truman, besting the Irish’s Catherine Cassingal, who finished 82nd.

Marissa Long’s 11th-finish led Philip Barbour. She was followed by Allson Villers (12th), Marley Dib (16th), Brianna Williams (22nd) and Cara Zirk (33rd).

Katie Mahoney, who had been sidelined since September, placed 56th in her final career race.

Freshman standout Alicia Parsons from Grafton took the individual title with a time of 19:03. She was followed by Oak Glen’s Kelsey Chambers, Berkeley Springs’ Kinsey Reed, Grafton’s Montana Garrett and Ravenswood’s Hailey Miller to complete the top five.

Berkeley Springs finished third in the team standings with 96 points, followed by Williamstown (110), Oak Glen (122), Ravenswood (127), Frankfort (130), Scott (194), PikeView (195), Braxton County (224), East Fairmont (292) and Richwood (330).

The PB boys, meanwhile, turned in a strong second-place showing led by Scott Nesland’s seventh-place showing. Trevor Matko was 13th, Tyler Baldwin 20th, Dustin Williams 23rd, Ian Nuzum 41st, Bryce McGee 61st and Jesse Austin 68th.

Bridgeport won the meet with 45 points, followed by the Colts (104), Fairmont Senior (131), Ritchie County (139) and Keyser (151) to round out the top five.

The Indians’ Abe Merinar cleared the course in a time of 16:21 to capture the individual crown.