At Doddridge County Park, Little Kanawha Conference girls champion Williamstown pulled out an 86-87 win versus St. Marys while the Yellowjacket boys needed a tiebreaker to qualify out of the Class AA/A, Region I, meet here Thursday in West Union.
The top four teams advanced from this region to state and the Fairmont Senior (51) boys were followed by runner-up Doddridge County (93), St. Marys (117) and Williamstown, which posted the same 133 total as Webster County. Just like the LKC meet which the Yellowjackets won via tiebreaker, the sixth man's finish allowed Williamstown to advance its entire team to the state meet.
As expected, Maggie Drazba was the class of the girls field and finished as the champion with a time of 19 minutes and 34 seconds, which was 73 seconds faster than runner-up Kristen Mastrantoni's time from Weir.
The only other LKC girl to make the top 10, aside from Braxton County's Kirsten Gateless (8th, 22:10), was Williamstown's Cami Mossor, who took sixth with a clocking of 21:56. Mossor was followed by teammates Andrea Chidester (15th, 23:08), Shealee Mossor (19th, 23:19), Allie Robinson (23rd, 23:28) and Emma Ehle (28th, 23:53).
Drazba's teammates closed the gap on Williamstown from the LKC meet, but the second best finish from the Blue Devils came by Alex Gorrell, who was 17th after finishing in 23 minutes and 14 seconds. The remainder of St. Marys' scoring came from Emily Strickler (20th, 23:22), Katie Billeter (26th, 23:50) and Olivia Taylor (29th, 24:01).
Both the North Marion (107) and East Fairmont (132) girls also advanced.
Class AA/A, Region I
at Doddridge County Park
BOYS TEAM SCORES (four advance): Fairmont Senior 51, Doddridge County 93, St. Marys 117, Williamstown 133*, Webster County 133, Oak Glen 140, Ritchie County 140, East Fairmont 149, Magnolia 182, Wheeling Central 225, Weir 338
TOP 10: Nick Trefz (FS) 16:45; Johnny Hogue (RC) 17:01; Caleb Moore (DC) 17:07; Jordan Whitehair (SM) 17:32; Brettley Harris (Webster) 17:40; Matt Zorn (DC) 18:01; James Haught (Magnolia) 18:05; Keith Britton (DC) 18:28; Dylan Reynolds (Tyler) 18:32; Chandler Antill (Wtown) 18:35
Other Local Finishers
19. Blake Williams (Wtown) 19:03; 20. Daniel Cooper (RC) 19:10; 23. Newt Cottrill (SM) 19:18; 24. Trevor Cottrill (SM) 19:29; 27. Kevin Hill (Braxton) 19:36; 28. Jayson Lockhart (Wtown) 19:37; 29. Jacob Pancake (Magnolia) 19:38; 33. Derek Carpenter (SM) 19:45; 35. Hunter Deem (RC) 19:50; 36. David McIlvain (Magnolia) 19:53; 38. Ian Spencer (DC) 19:56; 42. Jacob Hively (Wtown) 20:04; 44. Ryan Dalrymple (Tyler) 20:06; 45. Dean Frye (Paden City) 20:08; 46. Michael Houser (SM) 20:11; 48. Caleb Ferguson (DC) 20:13; 49. Mark Freeland (RC) 20:14; 50. Austin Hall (Wtown) 20:15
51. Bradley Leggett (RC) 20:17; 54. Ryder Deem (Wtown) 20:30; 55. Dylan Stansberry (Wtown) 20:35; 56. Kenny Headley (Magnolia) 20:38; 58. Ryan Rebert (DC) 20:04; 67. Brendan Miller (SM) 21:02; 71. Andy Cottrille (RC) 21:14; 72. Lane Eddy (DC) 21:17; 74. Cody Wolfe (SM) 21:35; 75. Andrew Davis (RC) 21:47; 78. Kyle Lancaster (Magnolia) 22:03; 80. Oscar Celedon (Magnolia) 22:18; 86. Mikal Raber (Magnolia) 23:53; 88. Keith Long (Braxton) 24:47; 92. Ty Pratt (Tyler) 34:35
* Denotes Williamstown qualified as a team due to tiebreaker of sixth place runner.
GIRLS TEAM SCORES (four advance): Williamstown 86, St. Marys 87, North Marion 107, East Fairmont 132, Braxton County 147, Oak Glen 166, Ritchie County 174, Magnolia 193, Weir 197, Doddridge County 246, Wheeling Central 248, Tyler Consolidated 261, Fairmont Senior 281
TOP 10: Maggie Drazba (SM) 19:34; Kristen Mastrantoni (Weir) 20:47; Emma Harrison (NM) 21:03; Kelsey Chambers (OG) 21:15; Emily Gordon (WC) 21:50; Cami Mossor (Wtown) 21:56; Alexis Virtue (Weir) 21:59; Kirsten Gateless (BC) 22:10; Brenda Palmer (EF) 22:31; Mikayla Moore (EF) 22:37
Other Local Finishers
12. Christa Harshberger (M) 22:52; 13. Amanda Davis (RC) 22:59; 14. Amber Watson (TC) 23:05; 15. Andrea Chidester (Wtown) 23:08; 17. Alex Gorrell (SM) 23:14; 18. Kate Golinsky (BC) 23:15; 19. Shealee Mossor (Wtown) 23:19; 20. Emily Strickler (SM) 23:22; 23. Allie Robinson (Wtown) 23:28; 26. Katie Billeter (SM) 23:50; 27. Olivia Vanoy (RC) 23:52; 28. Emma Ehle (Wtown) 23:53; 29. Olivia Taylor (SM) 24:01; 31. Sarah Skidmore (BC) 24:12; 32. Chelsey Randolph (DC) 24:16; 33. Kaitlyn Fulks (Wtown) 24:18; 34. Taylor Hammond (RC) 24:30; 35. Sarah Settle (Wtown) 24:33; 47. Chynna Maze (SM) 25:14; 48. Grace Skidmore (BC) 25:21; 50. Taylor Mace (RC) 25:23
65. Sara Fetty (SM) 26:54
The LKC boys had a good overall showing. Although Ritchie County failed to advance as a team, Rebel Johnny Hogue will head to Ona after his runner-up finish to Fairmont Senior's Nick Trefz (16:45 to 17:01). Doddridge County's Caleb Moore was third with a time of 17:07 and was followed by Jordan Whitehair of St. Marys, who took fourth with an effort of 17 minutes and 32 seconds.
Moore's teammates Matt Zorn (6th, 18:01) and Keith Britton (8th, 18:28) also cracked the top 10. Magnolia's James Haught was seventh (18:05), Tyler Consolidated's Dylan Reynolds took ninth (18:32) while Chandler Antil was 10th after finishing in 18:35 to pace Williamstown.
Finishing behind Whitehair for the Blue Devils were Newt Cottrill (23rd, 19:18), Trevor Cottrill (24th, 19:29), Derek Carpenter (33rd, 19:45) and Michael Houser (46th, 20:11). Also factoring into Williamstown's scoring aside from Antil were Blake Williams (19th, 19:03), Jayson Lockhart (28th, 19:37), Jacob Hively (42nd, 20:04) and Austin Hall (50th, 20:15).
During the Class AAA, Region I, meet on Thursday at Wheeling Park, the PHS boys and girls both checked in at third place in the final team standings. Only the top three schools advanced to state from the Wheeling Park regional.
"The girls race was a real war. It really was," said Games, who watched Morgantown post 28 points with University (59) following as PHS nipped Preston, 77-85.
Parkersburg's boys finished with 67 points and trailed champion University (50) and Morgantown (53).
Nick Musgrave had the best finish for the Big Reds as his clocking of 17 minutes and 28 seconds placed him fourth. Sean Snider (12th, 18:11), Nic Cheuvront (13th, 18:12), John Bolton (18th, 18:28) and Andrew Lyons (20th, 18:40) also counted in the team scoring for the red and white. Parkersburg's Kaylee Williams took 10th to lead the girls and she was followed by fellow scorers Nicole Dent (13th, 21:30), Rachel Morris (15th, 21:42), Swathi Mukkamala (18th, 22:22) and Jordan Waters (21st, 22:43).
Parkersburg South's best effort came from April Kirk, who finished the course in 22 minutes and 11 seconds. Kirk was 16th and needed to be in the top 10 to advance.