Philip Barbour, B-UHS claim top spots at Barbour Co. Skirmish

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi Buckhannon-Upshur junior Samuel Walker came in first place Saturday at the Barbour County Skirmish cross county meet at Philip Barbour High School with a time of 18:56.

PHILIPPI — Buckhannon-Upshur High School junior Samuel Walker crossed the finish line first with a time of 18:56 Saturday morning in the first event at the Barbour County Skirmish cross country meet at BC Bank Park.

The Bucs’ Julius Hobbs notched a 20:19 in fourth place, but the Colts had the other four marks in the top six finishers to capture a first-place team victory for PB. Noah Ward garnered second place individually with a 19:02, while Gabe Arevalo took third at 19:54. Tyler Channel grabbed fifth at 20:31, and Austyn Fletcher finished sixth with a 20:36, to also chip in for the hosts.

Graduation was tough on a now-young Philip Barbour’s girls squad that didn’t have enough runners compete to enter a team score at the BC Skirmish. Junior Olivia Frye did return to the Colts’ Corral this year and defended home court for the Lady Colts with an individual first-place finish time of 24:00 on her most familiar regulation course Saturday morning. Also running for PB this season are Jocelyn Price and Aliyah Delp, who both finished.

Grafton’s harriers ran well on the road to pick up first place in the girls competition, and third on the boys side. WVSSAC Class A squads from Tucker County, Gilmer County and Clarksburg Notre Dame also set up tents and readied for action in the meet.

Tucker County took a solid second place on the girls side, while the Mountain Lions’ boys squad was fourth. Freshman Kate Falls clocked a 25:09 for TCHS to cross the line second. Other Lady Mountain Lions finishing in the top 20 included Kristin Hicks, Karlee Smith and Kandace Nestor. Will White came in seventh, while Holden Young and Chris Chambers claimed ninth and twelfth, respectively.

Philip Barbour junior Olivia Frye nabbed first place Saturday on her home course with a finish time of 24:00.

Buckhannon-Upshur’s girls team took third place. Maggie Queen paced the Lady Buccaneers with a fourth-place individual time of 25:29. Molly Fox was eighth at 27:06 when she crossed the finish line on the track around George Byrer Field. Just outside of the top 20, B-U received contributions from Jenny Williams and Kellie Castro, who ran the course start to finish.

Alderson Broaddus University runners and alumni helped staff and host the Barbour County Skirmish event. Collin Murphy drove the pace car 4-wheeler ahead of the pack. Other staffers kept after the path of travel for the student athletes in a PBHS-logoed side by side to also help the event be a success.