PB girls set to make run at history books

PHILIPPI – The Philip Barbour girls’ cross county team has a chance to enter the record books at Saturday’s state meet.

The Colts, who have been ranked No. 1 the entire season in Class AA-A, can become the first girls’ team in any class to win four straight titles with a victory at Cabell Midland High School.

Led by senior Marissa Long’s fourth-place finish, Philip Barbour captured the Class AA-A, Region II title last week at Grafton. Fellow senior Allison Villers was 10th and sophomore Marley Dib 11th. Brianna Williams (13th) and Haley Truman (19th) rounded out the Colts’ scoring.

Charleston Catholic and Williamstown are expected to stand in the way of Philip Barbour’s run for history.

Grafton freshman Alicia Parsons and Oak Glen senior Kelsey Chambers are the favorites to win the individual race.

The Philip Barbour boys also will be in action on Saturday. The Colts qualified for the state meet by placing third in regionals.

Scott Nesland placed third to lead Philip Barbour, while Trevor Matko was 17th, Dustin Williams 18th, Tyler Baldwin 24th, Ian Nuzum 29th and Jesse Austin 40th.

Big 10 Conference rivals Bridgeport and Fairmont Senior are the favorites for the team title, while the Indians’ Abe Merinar is expected to be challenged by Ritchie County’s Johnny Hogue and Webster County’s Brettley Harris for the individual crown.

Saturday’s Class AA-A girls’ race will get underway at 1 p.m., followed by the boys at 1:45 p.m.