Philip Barbour to be well-represented at Laidley Field

CHARLESTON  — A large group of Philip Barbour track athletes will make the trek to Charleston today and Saturday to take part in the Class AA portion of the state meet at Laidley Field.

Competing for the PB girls will be freshman Desiree Knotts in the 200, freshman Graylin Floyd in the 800, junior Olivia Frye in the 1,600 and freshmen Gracie Miller and Audrey Williams in the 3,200.

Philip Barbour’s 4×800 relay unit of junior Shanie Keene, Miller, Williams and Floyd should make some noise at states after capturing the regional title in a time of 10:17.97.

The 4×200 relay comprised of freshmen Emma Gribble, Callee Collins, Lydia Phillips and Knotts also is competing, as well as the shuttle hurdle group of freshmen Garyona Riffle, Emma MacAdam, Phillips and Collins.

Senior Tanner Faulkiner will lead the PB boys into the two-day event.

Faulkiner was the runner-up in both the 100 and 200 in regional action.

Junior Noah Ward, meanwhile, will compete in three events — the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Ward was second in the 3,200 at regionals.

Junior Lyndon Wagoner is a qualifier in the pole vault.

The Colts will be represented by three relay teams.

The 4×800 foursome of seniors Tyler Channell, Daniel Weingart, Dakota Taylor and Ward finished second at regionals, while the 4×100 (senior Mason Long, Taylor, senior Damien Gonzales and Faulkiner) and the shuttle hurdle group of Gonzales, Wagoner, Faulkiner and Long are also among the field.