Valley High Lumberjacks And Paden City Lady ‘Cats Win M-D Track Championships
The Valley Lumberjacks put up 128 points to win the 2010 Mason-Dixon Conference track title, making it three out of the last four M-D championships for the ‘Jacks.
In addition, Ronald Morris was awarded the high-point plaque for netting 24.5 markers in the conference event at Morgantown.
The meet got off to a good start in the field events, with Bryan Sell finishing first with a throw of 37’4.5″ in the shot, followed by Spencer Mason with a throw of 37’4″. Davie Sivert got a third-place win with a mark of 36’7″. The ‘Jacks also added some points with Spencer taking first in the discus with a toss of 127’4″.
In the high jump, Morris came in second with a leap of 5’6″ and Shawn Miller and Sivert followed in third and fifth place, respectively.
Morris also brought home a second place in the long jump with a distance of 17’1″. Kevin Carson cleared the height of 9’6″ in the pole vault, good enough for second place.
Valley started the running events with fourth place in the 4×800 relay with the team of Scotty Anderson, Jared Arnolds, Ezra Rice, and Eric Byard. Troy Hubbard grabbed the #4 spot in the 3,200 and Anderson finished fifth.
In the 100 meter dash, Casey Pingley sprinted his way to a second place, while Morris earned a third place in the 200 meter dash. In the 400 meter run, Dylan Edgell placed second with Matthew Poling bringing home the #4 spot.
The team of Edgell, Morris, Pingley, and Billy Streets struck gold in the 4×100 meter relay, while the team of Poling, Colin Bates, Streets, and Pingley held down fourth place in the 4×200. The shuttle hurdle relay team also finished fourth with Miller, Kieran Swiger, Tyler Hayes, and Troy Hubbard.
The ‘Jacks were holding onto a slim lead when it came time to run the final event. With the rain pouring and the wind blowing, they had to beat Bishop Donahue to capture the title. That would prove to be formidable, as Valley’s usual 4×400 team was used in other events in the meet.
Poling led the race, followed by Anderson, Byard, and Pingley. As the race continued, the ‘Jacks slowly made their way toward the front.
When Pingley – who had never before competed in the event – received the baton, he was in fourth place. However, he sprinted his way into a third-place finish, thereby putting another pennant on the wall in the Lumberjack field house.
The Paden City Wildcats won their first Mason-Dixon Conference Title since the early 2000s. There were no stats given out as the meet was hampered by a drenching rain and most of the stats were all wet and unable to be kept.