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During Saturday’s Russ Parsons Invitational at Stadium Field, the Parkersburg High School trio, from left, of Kendall Domenick (4th), Lily Wharton (3rd) and Addison Gherke (2nd) finished behind Buchtel’s Damya Barker in the 100 hurdles. Barker’s time of 14.61 set a new meet record. (Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

PARKERSBURG — The Huntington boys, led by high-point champ Noah Waynick, joined the Big Walnut girls as champions of the Russ Parsons Invitational here Saturday afternoon at Stadium Field.

Big Walnut managed to secure a 104-100 victory over Huntington, which just had enough to top the host Big Reds’ effort of 90 points.

The Highlander boys amassed 172 points to easily top Cabell Midland’s 135.

The Big Red boys, who received a 3200 title from Franklin Angelos (9:32.30), placed fifth with 56 points.

Akron Buchtel’s Damya Barker established a new meet record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.61, which broke the previous mark of 14.95 set in 2004 by Buchtel’s Courtney Ponder. Big Reds Addison Gherke, Lily Wharton and Kendal Domenick finished right behind Baker, who also topped Wharton for the 300 hurdles gold (48.88 to 49.84). Domenick finished fifth.

Thanks to a win in the 400 (58.05) along with joining teammates Tianna Burton, Tayonia Whitaker and Zoe Sanders on the victorious 4×4 team, Baker claimed high-point honors (32.5).

Waynick also finished with 32.5 points thanks to wins in the 110 hurdles (15.60), 300 hurdles (41.70), the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches) and anchoring the winning shuttles squad (1:00.56) with the help of teammates Donovan Garret, Kahni Walker and Scout Arthur.

“I go out and run, jump and do my thing,” Waynick admitted. “We’re getting better as the year goes on.

“I’m in midseason form for everything but the 300s. I can still get a little bit more in shape.”

The Big Red girls remained undefeated in the shuttles as Katie Rutherford joined Wharton, Domenick and Gherke to finish in 1:05.41. The red and white also bested the field in the 4×2 (4:20.56) with Wharton, Rutherford, Aubrey Lantz and Payton Harvey.

PHS also had a runner-up effort in the discus from Jacqualin Leaman, who threw 100 feet, 4 inches. However, Caldwell’s Gwyn Lori went 102-9 and also dominated in the shot put with a winning heave of 39 feet, 11 inches. Redskin teammate Laurana Lashley was third.

Also earning points for the Big Reds were Alyssa Barker (3rd, pole vault), Anna Martin (5th, 1600), Destyni Hastings (5th, long jump), Lantz (5th, 400), Makenna Keefer (6th, long jump) and Wharton (6th, high jump).

Calhoun County’s Savannah Cunningham placed fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200. Red Devil teammate Dani Cunningham was fifth in the high jump, but Caldwell’s Gwendolyn Dimmerling had to settle for runner-up honors because Huntington’s Jaela Hawkins cleared 4 feet, 8 inches first . Wahama’s Michaela Hieronymus tied for fourth in the pole vault. The only other local individual to place was Caldwell’s Sadie Watson (fourth) in the 3200, which was won by Highlander Kylie Newman (12:22.03).

Other individual champions for the girls included Huntington’s Ciera Thacker (100, 12.84), Buchtel’s Whitaker (200, 25.74), Cabell Midland’s Emma Jenkins (800, 2:26.11) and Emma Elynn (1600, 5:45.27), Big Walnut’s Lauren Mahle (long jump, 15-9) and George Washington pole vaulter Faith Smith, who cleared 10 feet.

Angelos, who was honored alongside fellow seniors Caroline Bruker, Rebecca Coelho, Domenick, Jack Green, Zach Howard, Leaman, Martin, Emma Schumacher, Sophia Schwaab and Katie Taylor, was runner-up in the 800 to Cabell Midland’s Cooper Gibson (2: 00.47 to 2:00.57).

Wahama thrower Rowen Gerlach swept the shot put (49-7) and discus (134-9). The White Falcon bested Big Red Hayden Leavitt (127-8) in the discus. Jon Ash of PHS placed fifth while teammate Jacob Moore crossed in fourth place during the 300 hurdles.

The youthful Big Red boys also had a runner-up effort in the 1600 from Jack Mills, who finished 20 seconds behind champion Tristan Blatt of Cabell Midland’s winning effort (4:29.42). Big Red Daniel Martin was sixth.

Blake Miller of Caldwell, Kaden Goodwin of Parkersburg South and Calhoun County’s Daniel Kargol finished fourth through sixth in the 2-mile. The same happened in the high jump with South’s Tobi Adebulu, Caldwell’s Ethan Crock and Wahama’s Wyatt Harris.

The runner-up Knights from Cabell County also had a top of the podium finish thanks to Mason Moran (400, 52.86).

Also winning individual events were Buchtel’s Monte Blair (100, 11.00), George Washington pole vaulter Harry Wallace (11-6) along with Huntington teammates Emirh White (200, 23.30) and Nakyin Harrell (long jump, 20-3).

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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