PBHS earns team win

PHILIPPI — The Philip Barbour Colts represented their home turf well Tuesday, winning the school’s first home meet after 16 years of running and tossing the iron on the road.

Grafton, Notre Dame, Tygarts Valley and Braxton high schools traveled to the Colts’ Corral, helping the hosts make a piece of history. Philip Barbour won first place overall, and comradery between the fans and guests resulted in a class act of an event.

Philip Barbour won the boys competition with ease at 151 points over second-place Tygarts Valley’s 60.

Braxton’s Lady Eagles topped the girls’ side with a 75 score to PB’s 67. The TVHS Lady Bulldogs finished third, ahead of visiting Notre Dame.

“We have a lot of hard-working kids, and things are getting better each day,” PB coach Toby Poling said. “We appreciate the other schools coming here today, and ABU really helped out as well. The kids are really putting a good effort forth, and they have their sights set on states.

“I really give a lot of credit to coach (Jim) Seaton,” he said. “There is a cross over from the great cross-country program we have. We had 15 (athletes) two years ago, and now we have double that on the team.”

Veteran coach Jim Seaton will celebrate his 75th birthday today. On Tuesday, he reminded runners and officials of all that they do well at the meet.

Stats made possible courtesy of Grafton High School’s score keepers have more to tell.

Further detailed results will appear in Thursday’s edition of The Inter-Mountain once the final results from the meet have been confirmed.