Colts gallop at home for first time in years

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi Philip Barbour senior Wes McGee and Tygarts Valley freshman Warner Gibson gallop over the hurdles Tuesday while the Colts host their first track and field meet on the new grounds at BC Bank Park.

PHILIPPI — Tuesday afternoon marked a significant milestone on the campus of Philip Barbour High School. BC Bank Park hosted its first track and field meet after 16 years of the Colts track team being on the road for any sanctioned event.

Visiting teams from Tygarts Valley High School, Braxton, Grafton and Notre Dame all brought competitors to the new track surfaces surrounding George Byrer Field. Tuesday’s weather was nearly perfect, and the Grafton Bearcats’ stat and scorekeeping crew helped the Colts run a very professional event.

Alderson Broaddus University student athletes served as a field crew, helping move the equipment, raking the long-jump pit and cooperating as a key part of the meet.

All the efforts of BC Bank and the Promise Foundation of Barbour County performed what some in the community could once only have dreamed of — creating a new, modern sports facility for PBHS.

Philip Barbour coach Toby Poling said the facilities are “awesome.” He said it brings tears to his eyes as an alum when looking at the vast vast improvements.

Tygarts Valley track coach Mitch Channell told PB coaches after Tuesday’s event that the Bulldogs will attend any meet they are invited to in the future at Philip Barbour.

Every possible track & field event is supported by the facilities now at PB. Every event, other than the pole vault, was participated in Tuesday