PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The Eastern girls placed second and the boys were 10th overall at the 17th annual Russ Parsons Track and Field Invitational held Saturday at Stadium Field on the campus of Parkersburg High School in Wood County.
Host Parkersburg came away with both team titles, as the Big Red (119) captured a 24-point win in the boys division while the Lady Big Red (109.5) claimed a 20.5 point triumph in the girls competition. There were a total of 18 events held in each division.
The Lady Eagles were the girls runner-up with 89 points, finishing 20 points ahead of third place Parkersburg South (69). A total of 13 teams scored at least one point in the girls competition.
Laura Pullins was the lone event champion for EHS on the day as the freshman won the 400m dash with a time of 1:01.66. Pullins was also third in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.
Maddie Rigsby earned a pair of second place efforts in the 400m dash (1:02.77) and high jump (5-2) events. The senior was also fourth in the 800m run with a mark of 2:32.54.
Katie Keller was second in the shot put (34-10.25) and third in the discus (108-1), while Cassidy Cleland placed second in the discus (125-0) and third in the shot put (31-10).
Taylor Palmer placed third in the 1600m run with a time of 5:44.52, while Kelsey Johnson was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 5.5 inches. The 4x400m relay team also finished second with a mark of 4:18.73.
The lone Eagle to earn a top-four finish in the boys division was Brent Welch, who placed third overall in the discus event with a heave of 138 feet even.
The Eagles were the last of 10 boys teams to score at the event as the Green and White yielded 10 points. Akron Buchtel was the runner-up with 95 team points, while Parkersburg South just missed second place with 94 points.
Complete results of the Russ Parsons Invitational are available on the web at runwv.com