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PC Girls Place Third; VHS Boys Fourth In Regionals

By Staff | May 20, 2009

Winning regional championships for the Paden City Wildcat girls’ Track Team was Amanda Sellers in the 300 meter hurdles; Sasha Newson in the long jump at 15’2“; and the 4 X 100 meter relay of Newson, Sellers, Shauna Durant and Alli Bertozzi, which was just an eye-lash in front of Weirton Madonna at a time of 54.27.

Sellers also finished second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 16.37 to help the Lady Wildcats place third in the Class A Region I championships May 14 at Wheeling Park.

Bertozzi also qualified for the state in the 100 meter dash. She and Newson, Durant and Amanda Tallman will make their way to Charleston, also, after placing third in the 4X200 meter relay. Also, the 4X400 meter relay team of Durant, Newson, Bertozzi and Amy Toman qualified for state with a third place finish, as did Durant in the discus.

The Lady ‘Cat shuttle team of Tallman, Sellers, Dominique Craft and Taylor Parsons placed a close second to Bishop Donahue. Toman also qualified in the high jump. Finally, 4X800 meter relay team of Craft, Erika Sapp, Amanda Heasley and Joni Myers in a time of 10:09.29 that was good enough to qualify.

The Lumberjills’ Tristen Willey upset Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue in the high jump with a leap of 4’10” for the only championship for the Lady ‘Jills. Willey also qualified for the state tournament in the 400 meter dash with a third place finish.

Other ‘Jills qualifying included Lesta Kocher in the 100 meter hurdles. She also qualified, along with Danette Hayes, Allyson Ashcraft and Jade Starkey in the shuttles. Valley’s 4X100 relay team of Willey, Starkey, Lauren Ueltschy and Danette Hayes will also make the trip.


Valley Lumberjack 4X100 and 4X200 Relay Team, consisting of Dylan Edgell, Ronald Morris, William Streets and Casey Pingley, helped Valley secure fourth place in Class A Region I track championships May 14 at Wheeling Park.

Pingley also finished first in the 100 meter dash, while Morris finished second in the long jump at 18.’

Paden City’s Josh Bennett had the highest spot for the ‘Cats with a third place finish in the long jump, along with the 4 X 200 meter relay team of Bennett, Braxton Herrick, Michael Glover and Taylor Still. The 4 X 400 meter relay team of Michael Glover, Josh Bennett, Ethan Drain, and Braxton Herrick. Still also qualified for state in the 200 meter dash

Other Lumberjacks who did well and will travel this weekend to the state tournament in Charleston include, Jared Arnolds, Robert Ueltschy, Joshua Highley, Gregory Anderson, Ezra Rice, Shawn Miller and Kieran Swiger.

In the girls Class AA Region I track championships, the Magnolia Blue Eagle girls’ team placed eighth, while the Lady Knights of Tyler Consolidated ended up fifth.

Although no Lady Eagle finished first, Sarah Mueller placed third in the shot at 31’4.50″. Also, Alli Childers finished third in the high jump at 4’8.” Meanwhile, April Melott placed third in the 800 meter run and fifth in the 400 meter dash. She also qualified with Bethany Butcher, Jennifer Emch and Brittany Leek in the 4×400 meter relay. The shuttle relay team of Emily Patterson, Emily Amos, Brittany Leek and Holly McDonald also qualified for the state tournament, scheduled for May 22-23.

At the Region I track championships at Ritchie County High School May 13, the Magnolia Blue Eagles’ 4 X 800 meter relay team of Cameron Benson, Nick Blatt, Timothy Shreve and Joe Feeney took second in one of the region’s most dramatic races, while MHS strongman Matt Riggs twirled the discus 128’4″ to lead the Blue Eagles to a eighth place finish.

In addition, Blue Eagles Brendan Kacor, Lance Anderson, Nathan Harshberger and Jason Cook all qualified for the state tournament.