Track Team Is State Champs
The Magnolia Blue Eagles soared where they never soared before in the 2016 WVSSAC Class A Girls State Championship Friday and Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston.
MHS junior Jordan Delaney captured the gold medals in the 1,600 (5:22.92) and 3,200 (11:43.72) meter runs, while a flock of teammates scored points in the 400, 800, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800 and shuttle events as well as in the high-jump, pole vault and long jump to nose out Charleston Catholic by two points and Wheeling Central by 10 points to claim its first girls state track championship.
Magnolia has won several titles in track, but never the Class A state team trophy until this weekend. From 1998-2006 the Eagles came close, finishing second twice, including a loss to Weir in 1999 by a single point.
This season the Magnolia girls lost their head coach Steve Ross before the season started, but picked up Mike Harwick to fill in along with veteran assistant coach John Daughtery and Travis Emch.
They won each Wetzel, Tyler Track League meet along with the OVAC Class AAA girls track title and the Region I crown.
There hasn’t been that number one athlete that just dominated each week, but rather it was many athletes who made up the winning combination.
In the state meet, only Delaney finished in first place for the team, while senior Bri Ritz placed second in the 800-meter run (2:22.89) and third in the 400-meter sprint (1:00.70). Junior Bailey Estep also finished second in the long jump (16-8) and fourth in the high jump (5-0), while senior Mandi Theodoro finished third in the pole vault (9-0).
Other teammates scoring points for the team included Alayna Cline, who finished sixth in the high jump (4-10), and picked up a fifth place ribbon in the 800-meter run (2:27.93). Their 4×200 meter relay team of Kristen Massey, Alayna Cline, Sofia Herrick and Bailey Estep placed sixth, while their 4×400 meter relay team of Herrick, Ritz, Theodoro and Rachel Arbogast placed fourth.
The relay teams scored points in the shuttles, finishing fourth with Massey, Arbogast, Estep and Cedar Sands, while the team of Breanna Barbera, Arbogast, Ritz and Delaney was nosed out by Charleston Catholic in the 4×800 that put the Eagles over the top to claim the championship.
Other teammates that played a pivotal role in the teams success at state were Anna Zills in the shot put. She just missed getting points, finishing seventh, while Kennedy Parsons was on the 4×100 meter relay team that finished 10th.
Delaney finished third in the high point mark with 24 points, while Ritz finished fifth with 17 points.
The Tyler Consolidated girls finished tied for 12th, while Valley finished 19th and Paden City tied for 23rd. Hundred didn’t score in the state meet.
The Hornets qualified their 4×400 meter relay team of September Eakin, Katherine Henderson, Emily Metz and Ashley Miller. Henderson also qualified in the long jump, finishing 11th.
The Paden City team of Kallie Arnett, Chelsea Baker, Abagail Still and Jenna Arnett placed sixth in the shuttles, while Cydney Blatt finished 11th in the shot put.
For the Lumberjills, Rebecca Gill, Rachel Baker, Sophie Palmer and Erin Brown placed fourth in the shuttles and 12th in the 4×100, while Baker finished fifth in the high jump.
“Our girls’ track team won states this weekend and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Magnolia Head Coach said Mike Harwick. “I want to thank all the people who helped make it happen – our track boosters parents, and school administration for their support, Coach Daugherty, Coach Ross and Coach Emch for their dedication, and especially for the girls for their hard work. They were a fun group to be around and deserve this accomplishment.”
The Eagles will lose seniors Bri Ritz, Mandi Theodoro, Rachel Arbogast, Sofia Hwerrick, Ariel Hosttutler and Cedar Sands to graduation, but return state qualifiers Kristen Massey, Bailey Estep, Anna Zills, Alayna Cline, Breanna Barbera and Kennedy Parsons.
Tucker Cain Wins Three Titles In State Track Meet
The Valley Lumberjacks’ Tucker Cain won three state titles, without stepping out on the track, winning the pole vault (13-0), high jump (6-0) and long jump (21-8.75), breaking the school record he broke in regionals last week.
After jumping, leaping and pole vaulting his way to win gold medals, Cain finished ninth in the discus with a twirl of 134-7 to help him finish second in the high point category with 30 points to the St. Marys Anthony Johnson with 36 points in his last high school track event.
The Tyler Silver Knights finished seventh in the WVSSAC Class A Boys Track Championship, while the Lumberjacks finished ninth and Magnolia 10th. The Paden City boys landed in 14th place and Hundred didn’t score.
Besides the heroics of Cain in the field events for the Valley Lumberjacks, Trey Streets finished 14th in the 100-meter dash, while teammates Jerry Greathouse and Peyton Bassett finished seventh and 12th, respectively, in the pole vault and 400-meter dash events. The 4×100 meter relay team of Streets, Greathouse, Bassett and Matthew Throckmorton finished sixth.
Magnolia’s relay team of Brooks Parsons, Riley Nice, Jack Booth and Jared Kacor did very well at the state, finishing second in both the 4×100 (44.83), and the 4×400 (3:31.75) in two very hotly contested events, losing them both .45 and .09, respectively. The Eagles’ team of Kacor, Nice, Booth and Cole McGee finished fifth in the shuttles and the team of Spencer Shepherd, Trenton Robinson, Ethan Herrick and Daniel Goddard placed 10th in the 4×800 meter relay.
In addition, Kacor finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at (40.71), Parsons sixth in the 400-meter sprints (52.14), McGee fifth in the high jump at (5-8), Goddard 14th in the long jump, and Robinson 15th in the 1,600-meter run.
In his first state track meet, the ‘Cats Zach Yeater finished third in the long jump (20-11), while Deven Price placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (41.14) and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.33) in individual events for Paden City. The Wildcats’ foursome of Price, Jacob Pierce, Cade Myers and Logan Carroll finished third in the shuttles (1:00.50), while the team of Pierce, Yeater, Seth Bohrer and Wesley Smith placed 10th.
Holden Moore of Hundred finished eighth in the 100-meter dash, while teammate Greg Jones finished 15th in the 110-meter high hurdles.