ONA - Simply put, Cabell Midland boys track coach Chris Parsons saw the 1600 as the feature race of the day. Top runners from across the state ready to battle on a cool, windy Saturday afternoon in the Carlos Akers & Doc Hale Memorial at Cabell Midland's Chris Parsons Track.
Cabell Midland's Jeremiah Parlock and University's Seth Edwards gave the crowd a stirring performance with Parlock leading wire to wire and winning in 4:24.48. Edwards tried, but failed to catch Parlock and took second in 4:25.38. Cabell Midland's Will Sheils was third (4:26.86).
"I was really excited," Parlock said about the buildup to the race and the actual four laps. "We talked about it a lot. I felt really good the first lap. Thought I'd better slow down a bit. I don't usually lead from the front. The excitement. I felt it and went with it."
PARKERSBURG - Cabell Midland rolled to the boys team title Thursday in the Kim Nutter Classic track and field meet at Stadium Field.
Saffiyah Mitchell from Huntington High was the girls high-point winner with 30.5. She was first in the 100 (12.96), 100 hurdles (15.17) and 200 (26.83).
Cabell Midland's boys compiled 149 points to finish ahead of Parkersburg with 105, Wheeling Park (84), Hurricane (70) and Huntington High (54).
Daniel Jarrell of the Knights was first in the 400 with a time of 50.77 seconds and joined with Jeremiah Parlock, Will Sheils and Nick Salmons to win the 4x400 relay (3:34.32).
Parlock won the 1,600 (4:28.37), Sheils placed first in the 800 (2:00.80) and Coy Smith took first in the 3,200 (10:03.07).
Cabell Midland also won the 4x200 and 4x800 relays. Caperton Humphrey, Josh Ellis, Michael Otte and Ivan Vaughn won the 4x200 (1:36.97) while Smith, Jonathan Hathaway, Andrew Short and Austin Jordan ran first in the 4x800 (8:41.07).
Huntington High thrower Hunter Ashley was first in the discus (156-5). Marshall University football recruit Cody Mitchell from Point Pleasant won the shot put (49-9.75).
Hurricane had wins by James McDougale in the 100 (11.71) and 200 (22.79).
Girls team winner Parkersburg logged 137 points to finish ahead of Parkersburg South (78.5), Huntington High (72) and Hurricane (66).
Huntington High's Julia Bolling won the long jump (16-10.25).
Aislyn Hayman of Point Pleasant was a winner in the discus (131-4) and shot put (34-8.5).
Source: The Herald Dispatch
RIPLEY — The Mountain State Athletic Conference cross country meet provided teams with one more chance to size up competition before regionals next week.
A fairly clear picture of what to expect was painted on Wednesday and, for the most part, it was painted in bright red.
The Cabell Midland boys and Hurricane girls each cruised to team titles at Cedar Lakes, with Midland’s Will Sheils and Parkersburg freshman Olivia Collett winning the individual races.
A new twist brings excitement to one of the state’s premier regular-season cross country meets.
Cabell Midland will host its annual St. Mary’s Medical Center XC Festival today, as more than 150 teams and 1,700 runners from across the Mountain State once again descend upon the state championship course. This year marks a change in schedule, with the first of eight races to begin in the evening at 6:30 p.m., rather than morning, and the final to start at 10:30 p.m.
“We’re excited, we’ll see what happens,” Midland coach Chris Parsons said. “It’s something we’ve thought about the past three years.”
Following consecutive years of intense race day heat and concerns for athlete safety, the Knights program opted to make the switch from a morning meet to evening, Parsons said.
Coaches who annually attend the race, like Doddridge County’s Craig Kellar, welcomed the change.
“After some of the heat we’ve been exposed to the last several years, we’ll try anything,” Kellar said. “I think it’s kind of exciting.”
Cross country racing at night is coming to Cabell Midland High School.
The St. Mary's Medical Center Cross Country Festival is scheduled Sept. 5 at Cabell Midland, which is the site for West Virginia State Championship on Oct. 31.
Extreme heat in the morning and afternoon has been an issue for this big meet the past few years, so a time change was made and runners will loop the 5K course in the evening under the lights.