Magnolia Girls Claim Region One Track Title
In the girls’ WVSSAC Region One, Class A Track Championships, the Magnolia Blue Eagles flexed their muscle early and often en route to claiming the Region One title with 124 points, beating out Wheeling Cental by 17 points.
Tyler Consolidated finished sixth with 40 points, while Valley ended seventh with 26 points. Paden City settled for ninth place with 14 points, while Hundred ended up in 11th place with four points in a 12-team regional championship on May 12 at St. Marys High School.
Magnolia junior high-jumper Bailey Estep set the tone for the Blue Eagles, winning the long jump (16-5.25) and high jump (5-2). On the track, it was more of the same for the Eagles. They extended their lead thanks to a victory in the 4×8 with the team of Breanna Barbera, Rachel Arbogast, Jordan Delaney and Bri Ritz running eight laps in 10:59.31.
Ritz posted the first individual win for the Blue Eagles in the 800-meter run in 2:25.36, while she finished second in the 400-meter dash. Junior teammate Jordan Delaney won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:59.68 and second in the 1,600-meter run.
The Magnolia girls’ team qualified for state in the 4×200, 4×400 and the shuttles, as well as Anna Zills (4th) in the shot put, Breanna Barbera (3rd) in the 3,200-meter run, Mandi Theodoro (2nd) in the pole vault, Alayna Cline (4th) in the high jump, and Kristen Massey finished fourth in the 300-eter hurdles.
The Valley Lumberjills’ Rachel Baker and Sophie Palmer finished second and third, respectively, in the high jump, while the Lumberjills foursome of Rebecca Gill, Rachel Baker, Sophie Palmer and Erin Brown placed second in the shuttles. Brown also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in fourth place, while Valley’s 4×100 meter relay team placed fifth and qualified for the state meet.
Hundred’s Katherine Henderson had a productive first regional track championship, placing fourthin the high-jump at 4-10, while helping her 4×200 meter relay team of Emily Metz, Ashley Miller and Meliah Umstead also qualify for the state championships.
Tyler Consolidated’s Katelyn Gogan finished third in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles qualifying for the state track championships. She also helped her team of Macy Long, Ariel Fish and Sydney Glover finish second in the 4×100 meter relay.
In addition, the Knights 4×200 and the 4×800 meter relay team also qualified, along with Emily Lancaster in the pole vault and Tessa Boyd in the discus. Sydney Glover also qualified for the state championships in the 100-meter dash, placing sixth.
Tyler Boys Captures Region I Runner’s-Up
The Tyler Consolidated boys captured second place in the WVSSAC Class A Region I boys track championships with 108 points, while the St. Marys Blue Devils won it all with 130.5 points.
The Magnolia boys finished fourth with 60 points, while Valley finished fifth with 56 points, Paden City, sixth with 33 points, and Hundred 10th with 16.5 points.
One of the best races came in the boys shuttles. The Paden City shuttle team of Jacob Pierce, Cade Myers, Logan Carroll and Deven Price finished in front of Magnolia and Tyler Consolidated, respectively, with a time of 1:00.73. The ‘Cats closer, Deven Price, took them from third to first in a remarkable come-from-behind victory.
Valley’s Tucker Cain won the high jump a 6-2 and the pole vault as well at 13-0, while placing second in the long jump, breaking the school record with a jump of 21-3. He also placed second in the discus with a twirl of 129-10.5.
Tyler Consolidated’s Devon Weekley was first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.67 while the Eagles’ Spencer Shepherd placed fourth with a time of 2:14.36, good enough to qualify for this weekend’s state track meet.
The Silver Knights’ 4×100 meter relay team of Josh Peck, Trent Shepherd, Federico Perez and Tyler Anderson beat out the Valley and Magnolia shuttle team that both qualified for state. The Silver Knights’ 4×200 and 4×800 meter relay teams both placed second, while Magnolia’s 4×800 qualified with a fifth place finish, and the Knights fourth in the 4×400 meter relay also qualified.
The Blue Eagles’ Brooks Parsons finished second in the 400-meter dash, while helping his 4×400 team finish second and their 4×100 team finish fourth to also qualify. The Lumberjacks’ Peyton Bassett also qualified for state in the 400-meter dash.
Also, the Eagles’ Jared Kacor won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.80, while the ‘Cats Devin Price finished second and the Knights’ Jarett LeMasters fifth both qualified. Price wasn’t done as he also qualified in the 110 hurdles, along with the Hornets’ Greg Jones.
In the 1,600-meter run, Ben Hart of Cameron nosed out the Knights’ Gavin Corley and the Eagles’ Trenton Robinson in another Region I barn-burner at the finish line.
In the 100-meter finals, the Hornets’ Holden Moorte and the Lumberjacks’ Trey Streets both qualified, while the Knights’ Tyler Anderson finished second in the 200-meter dash.
The Eagles’ Cole McGee and the Hornets’ Greg Jones placed second and third, respectively, in the high jump to Tucker Cain of Valley.
Jerett Jones and Levi Moran of Tyler Consolidated also finished second and third, respectively, to Tucker Cain in the pole vault. In the long jump, Zach Yeater broke the Paden City record that his dad set in 1989 with a jump of 21-7.5. The Knights’ Tyler Anderson and Trent Shepherd, as well as the Eagles’ Daniel Goddard all qualified for the long jump.
In the boys’ discus, Devon Harris of Tyler Consolidated finished in first place with a twirl of 130-5.50, while teammate Hogan Wells finished third. Harris also qualified in the shot-put as well, finishing second to the Blue Devils’ Jacob Cox.