PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour High School’s girls and boys track and field squads each placed second in the annual Alderson Broaddus University Invitational hosted on George Byrer Field at BC Bank Park.
In girls team scoring, Preston took first place with a 155 score, followed by the Lady Colts with a 150, Grafton with 143, and Braxton County with a 24.
On the boys side, the Knights again took the top spot with a 215, followed by PB with 127, and Braxton with a 100.
Philip Barbour’s Desiree Knotts landed a first place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 29.28.
In the 400 dash event, Jessica Findley and Angel Watson finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Graylin Floyd put up first-place points for the Colts by clocking in at 2:32.88 in the 800 meter run, while Audrey Williams in fourth, and Olivia Frye in sixth also placed for the hosts.
Frye put up a third place time of 6:00.36 in the 1600 meter, followed by Williams and Shania Keene in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
Gracie Miller pumped out a first-place run for the Lady Colts by completing the 3200 meter in 13:13.14.
In the 100 meter hurdles, PB’s Emma MacAdam and Calee Collins nabbed respective fourth and fifth place times. Garyona Riffle in third and MacAdam in fourth both placed in the 300 hurdles.
A second-place time of 56:87 in the 4 x 100 relay was earned by Riffle, Knotts, Collins, and Emma Gribble. Taking second in the 4 x 200 was Collins, Caitlin Keller, Findley, and Watson with a 2:11.11.
The Colts ran for a best finish time of 10:42.87 in the 4 x 800 with the relay squad of Frye, Miller, Floyd and Keene. Carrie Wilmarth, MacAdam, Riffle and Collins combined for a second place time of 1:22.18 in the 4×102.5 shuttle hurdle event.
Wilmarth took first in the long jump with an 11-foot 5.5-inches leap, while Knotts and Riffle landed respective fourth and sixth spots in the high jump.
Dystonie Simmon launched a first-place throw of 27-feet 5-inches in the shot put, while McKenna Howe was second with 27-feet 4-inches. Arin Mason collected a sixth place for PBHS.
Simmons slung a second-place measurement of 64-feet 3-inches in the discus throw, while Mason and Howe threw for respective fifth and sixth spots.
Mason Long sprinted out a top time of 12.21 in the 100 meter dash for the Philip Barbour boys’ team. Damien Gonzales garnered the second spot in the 200 at 24.40, while Dakota Taylor placed first in the 400 with a time of 54.66.
Noah Ward collected a third-place time of 2:08.87 in the 800 meter run, while Taylor and Daniel Weingart finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Ward was second in the 1600 with a 4:44.68.
Hunter Melvin was third with a 12:14.58 in the 3200, while Luke Farnsworth finished fourth with a 12:28.39.
Mark Lovegrove, with a time of 20.33, finished third in the 110 meter hurdle, and second in the 300 hurdle with a 49.45.
The Colts put up a best time of 46.92 in the 4 x 100 relay with the combined efforts of Gonzales, Long, Taylor, and Lyndon Wagoner. In the 4 x 110 hurdle, Gonzales, Long, Lovegrove, and Wagoner combined for a second place mark of 1:11.62.
Taylor nabbed second in the high jump with a 5-foot 6-inch measure. Lovegrove with a 16-foot 8-inch leap took first in the long jump, while Wagoner was second at 16-foot 7.5-inch mark.
Melvin was fifth in the shotput, and fourth in the discus throw.
Student athlete members of the ABU Battlers track teams served as the ground crew to set up the competition arenas, keep times and measurements, and clean up after the event was over. Without their assistance, the meet would be nearly impossible to pull off.
Philip Barbour will return to action on Thursday when they travel to Kingwood to participate in the Charlie Pritt Invitational hosted at Preston High School.