MHS Boys’ And Girls’ Region I Track Runnersup
Valley Lumberjacks qualified for the state track tournament at the eight-lane regional track competition held May 14 in Lewis County.
In addition, several Magnolia Blue Eagles, Paden City Wildcats, and a Hundred Hornet and Lady Hornet also qualified for the state championship.
Cain finished in first place in the high jump, discus, and pole vault and seventh place in the long jump, setting a new school pole vault record of 12’7“. The previous pole vaulting record was set by Billy Midcap set back in 1988.
Qualifying in four events wasn’t easy for Cain, who had moved quickly several times to compete in each of the events that were located in four different places on the field with no rest time between events.
Teammate Jacob Highley also qualified for state with a first place in the shot put with a heave of 46’4.25.” Highley was the only area male atlete to so qualify. Valley finished in third place for the event, while Magnolia came in second and Hundred placed 12th. St. Marys was the big winner with 112 points.
Magnolia’s Jared Kacor won the 300 meter hurdles, while he, Jacob Brill, Andrew Smith, and Yale Wetzel qualified with a first place in the 4×100 meter relay. Kacor also took second in the 100 meter dash, while Wetzel placed third and the ‘Jacks’ Dennis Streets took fourth. All qualified for state.
Hundred’s only qualifier, Holden Moore, finished third in the 400 meter run, while just missing out in the 800 meter run. Blue Eagle Soren Shade qulified for state by placing second in the 800 and 1,600 meter run.
Teammate Jacob Pancake just missed qualifying in the 1,600 meter run with a fourth place finish, but did qualify in the 3,200 meter run with a second place finish.
Paden City’s Deven Price qualified with a second place in the 300 meter hurdles. The Wildcat shuttle team of Price, Jacob Pierce, Dean Frye, and Cade Myers qualified with a second place finish.
In the 200 meter relay event, the Blue Eagle team of Tim Weekley, Jared Kacor, Andrew Smith, and Yale Wetzel placed second, while the Lumberjack squad of Jacob Highley, Michael Lloyd, Dennis Streets, and Matthew Throckmorton placed sixth. In the 4×400 meter relay, the Lumberjacks’ Dennis, Lloyd, Throckmoton, and Lathe Ueltschy placed fourth.
The Valley team of Highley, Liam Midcap, John Wells, and Donald Smith finished third in the shuttles and the Magnolia shuttle team of Oscar Celedon, Tyler Akers, Peau Halahingano, and Riley Nice placed fifth.
Nicholas McGee of Valley took second in the high jump, while teammates Donald Smith and Jerry Greathouse, who finished third and fourth, respectively, will both join Tucker Cain in the pole vault competition at state.
Magnolia’s Tim Weekley and Yale Wetzel finished third and fourth, respectively, in the long jump. Spencer Billings of Paden City placed third in the shot put, while teammate Brandon Cross placed fifth in the shot.
With the exception of pole vault and long jump, which are qualified by height and distance, the top three athletes in each regional event qualify for the state meet. There are 60 other slots available for the state championships, awarded based on top scores. This year 41 of those 60 will come from Region 1-proving it is one of the toughest track regions in the state.
The Tyler girls’ track team won its second straight Region I championship with 120 points, beating out Magnolia, who finished second with 83 points. Valley placed eighth, Paden City came in 10th, and Hundred was in 12th place at the eight-lane Lewis County track May 14.
Abigail Willey of Valley High School qualified for the state championship competition in the long jump for the fourth straight year. She headed a long list of area state qualifiers in the Region I Track Meet in Lewis County.
Magnolia’s Lauren Cline, (800 meter run), Bailey Estep (high jump), and the Eagles’ 4×200 meter relay team of Estep, Kristen Massey, Kiera Standiford, and Sofia Herrick were the only Wetzel County team to win an event at the regional finals. The same 4×200 meter relay team also qualified in the 4×100 meter relay event, placing fourth.
Standiford qualified in the 100 meter dash with a second place finish, while Herrick placed second in the 400 meter dash. Teammate Brianna Ritz finished one spot behind Cline in the 800 meter run, while claiming second place in the 1,600 meter run.
The Wildcats’ Kayla Hizer and the ‘Jills’ Erin Brown finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 meter hurdles. Hizer, Lady Hornet September Eakin, and Lady Wildcat Abbey Still finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. All qualified for state.
The Lady Eagle 4×400 meter relay team of Herrick, Massey, Alayna Cline, and Amanda Theodoro placed third, while their 4×800 meter relay team of Lauren Cline, Brianna Ritz, Joanna Grimm, and Alayna Cline also placed third.
The shuttle team of Estep, Massey, Standiford, and Cedar Sands finished sixth and also qualified. Also qualifying for state competition were the Paden City team of Still, Hizer, Chelsea Baker, and Hannah Stanley, who placed fifth. The Valley team of Rebecca Gill, Abagail Willey, Cassidy Price, and Erin Brown placed fourth and qulified for state.
Price also finished second in the high jump, one spot behind Estep of Magnolia, while Rachel Baker of Valley and Alayna Cline and Rachel Arbogast of Magnolia all qualified for state.
Amy Mason and Samantha Roberts of Valley placed second and third, respectively in the pole vault and discus, while the ‘Cats Cydney Blatt placed fourth in the shot put.