Eagles Bring Home Gold
The Magnolia High School team of Timmy Shreve, Steve Rogalski, Lance Anderson and Brendan Kacor finished first in the 4×200 relay event at the state championship track meet May 22 in Charleston.
In the 4×100 relay – one of the most thrilling events of the meet – Rogalski, Anderson and Kacor were nipped at the finish line by .02 second by the Knights’ Dirk Fletcher, Alex Doak, Isaac Graham and Nate Taylor.
Magnolia finished fifth in Class AA team standings with 43 points, while the Knights came in eighth place with 35 points. MHS strongman Matthew Riggs finished in second place in the discus with a toss of 148’4 and fourth in the shot put, with a heave of 45’10. Meanwhile, the 4×400 meter relay team of Rogalski, Shreve, Cameron Benson and Nick Blatt placed fourth. Magnolia’s 4×800 meter relay team of Shreve, Blatt, Joe Feeney and Nathan Harshberger placed fifth in two very exciting races.
Kacor finished fifth in the 100 meter dash and finished sixth in the long jump. Joe Feeney placed seventh in the 1,600 meter run, while Harshberger, Alec Hinerman and Bill Feeney crossed the finish line in ninth, 10th and 15th places, respectively, in the 3,200 meter run.
Valley tallied 16 points in the Class A boys’ rankings, which was good enough for 10th place, while the Paden City Wildcats placed 13th with 12 points.
Paden City’s Malakai Anderson finished fourth in the long jump and seventh in the 400 meter dash, while the 4×100 meter relay team of Anderson, Josh Bennett, Taylor Still, and Braxton Herrick finished fourth place.
The Valley Lumberjacks Relay Teams all did well in the state meet. Valley’s 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay team of Matthew Poling, Dylan Edgell, William Streets and Casey Pingley placed third in both events, while the 4×400 meter team of Poling, Streets, Edgell and Jared Arnolds finished in eighth place. The 4×800 meter team of Arnolds, Greg Anderson, Ezra Rice and Troy Hubbard placed 13th. Spencer Mason twirled the discus 118’4 to claim the ninth spot, while Bradley Mason heaved the shot put 43’4 for 14th place.
At the state championship track meet in Charleston last weekend, the Paden City girls’ team finished 10th, while Valley ended up in 20th place, with St. Marys winning the title with 128 points.
In the championship events, Paden City’s Amanda Sellers finished a close second to Bishop Donahue senior Lacey Hampton in the 300 meter hurdles. In one of the closest races in the Class A competition, Williams-town nosed out Paden City in the shuttles, 1:06.90 to 1:07.17. Sellers, along with Amanda Tallman, Taylor Parsons, and Megan Cutlip, broke their school record.
All the Class A relay events were filled by a Lady Wildcat team. In the 4×100 meter relay, the Lady ‘Cats placed eighth. In the 4×200 meter relay event, the ‘Cats were 10th and they were ninth in the 4×400 meter relay. They placed ninth in the 4×800 meter relay. In the shot put, Megan Lasure finished seventh, while Amanda Tallman finished 11 in the 300 meter hurdles.
Valley’s Danette Hayes placed fifth in the long jump, while teammate Tristen Willey finished 13. Jade Starkey competed in the 300 meter hurdles.
In Class AA, the Magnolia girls’ shuttle team of Emily Patterson, Emily Amos, Holly McDonald and Brittany Leek received gold medals. Alli Childers completed her quest for a state title in the high jump with a leap of 5’2 that tied the school record and helping Magnolia place 10th in Class AA.
In the 300 meter hurdles, the Eagles’ Brittany Leek crossed the finish line in fifth place. The Lady Eagle relay teams didn’t place, but finished 11th, 14th and 15th in the 4×400, 4×800 and the 4×400 meter relay, respectively.