Lady Eagles Reign at Regional Track
For the second time in a row, the Magnolia Blue Eagles’ girls track team won the West Virginia Class A Region One championship May 10 at Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ritchie County High School. The Eagles finished with 127 points, while host Ritchie County team and the Wheeling Central Lady Maroon Knights followed.
Meanwhile, the Valley Lumberjills finished eighth, Hundred ninth, and Tyler Consolidated placed fifth, while the Paden City Lady Wildcats didn’t score.
The Blue Eagles’ dominance in the field events and the distance races propelled them to the regional crown, with Kyndra Pilant (33-09 &103-09); and Anna Zills (32-00 & 99-10) working their talents in the shot and discus, respectively, while Bailey Estep (5-2) and Alayna Cline (5-0) showed their skills in the high jump, winning first and second, respectively. Estep (16-09) won once again in the long jump in the field events, while in the distance events it was Jordan Delaney (12:58.81) and teammate Bre Barbera (13:36.57) taking first and second in the 3,200 meter run, and Delaney (5:51.95) finishing second in the 1,600 meter run helped the Eagles rack up some major points.
However, the Eagles were solid everywhere to gain their back-to-back regional championship. Estep finished fourth in the 100 meter dash (13.14) and won an at large berth, while Delaney third in the 800 meter run (2:33.31). Kristen Massey (49.56) finished second in the 300 meter hurdles, while Kennedy Parsons (1:04.99) won an at large berth finished fourth in the 400 meter dash.
Magnolia teammates Liza Clegg (29.67) scored precious points with a fifth place finish in the 200 meter dash, while just missed scoring in the 100 meter dash with a solid time of (14.20).
Meanwhile, their 4×100 team won an at large berth and scored points with a fifth place with a time of (54.85), as well as their 4×200 team (1:52.30) finished third; 4×400 team, (4:17.71) third; and its 4×800 team (11:48.64) fifth.
For the Valley Lumberjills, Sophie Palmer finished second in the high jump (5-0), and in the 100 meter hurdles (17.10). She also placed third in the long jump (14-11.50), while teammate Rachel Baker (4-10) placed fourth in the high jump and sixth in the shot-put (28-09).
Katherine Henderson of Hundred had a nice regional as well. She finished second in the long jump (15-05) fourth in the high jump at (4-10), and sixth in the 200 meter dash (29.90). The Hornets ‘4×200 meter team of Henderson, Emily Metz, Amber Yoho and Miranda Gray finished sixth with a time of (2:09.84). Teammate Emily Metz just missed scoring in the high jump (4-6) finished seventh.
In the boys division, Magnolia finished second with St Mary’s placing first. Tyler Consolidated placed one point behind the Eagles for third, while Paden City finished seventh, Hundred ninth, and Valley 10th.
Chase Street of Magnolia had a solid outing in his first track season in his senior year. He won an individual race in the 100 meter dash with a solid time of (11.43), while teammate Hunter Partridge scored fifth (11.94). Street took the baton on the last leg of the 4×100 meter dash, and blew away the field to help give Riley Nice, Jack Booth and Partridge the gold with a combined (45.52) time. Street did the same with Brooks Parsons, Booth and Riley Nice in the 4×200 meter relay event with a time of 1:33.48). The 4×400 of Riley Nice, Booth, Jacob Myers and Parsons finished second with a time of (3:32.49). Their 4×800 meter relay team also qualified with a fifth place finish with Spencer Shepard, Jacob Myers, Ethan Coulter and Trenton Robinson (8:48.20.
Parsons also finished third in the 400 meter (52.10) and the high jump (5-08) to qualify in four events next week in the state track meet. Booth, also will compete in four events when he qualified in the long jump (19-02) with a sixth place finish to go along with the 4×100, 4×200 and the 4×400 meter relay team.
Caleb Nice won the shot put at (44-09), while teammate Jay Eller finished sixth (38-06.50). Jared Barrows finished runner-up in the discus with a (119-01.50) toss, while teammate Justin Rice scored with a twirl of (109-11).
The Paden City boys qualified in the 110 hurdles with Wesley Smith (18.02) in fifth place, while Cade Crislip just missed scoring (19.69) in seventh. Jacob Pierce won the 300 meter hurdles with a solid time of (40.69), while the foursome of Cade Myers, Wesley Smith, Landon Smith and Pierce finished second (1:05.05) in the 4×110 meter shuttle relays.
The Paden City 4×200 team of Cade Myers, Wesley Smith, Seth Bohrer and Jacob Pierce will also compete in the state, qualified in fourth place with a time of (1:39.55). The Wildcats scored points in the 4×100 meter relay in sixth place with na time of (50.32).
Danny Stewart, also did well in his first regional track meet. He qualified in the high jump with a leap of (5-10) with a runner-up finish, while teammate Tyler Norris just missed scoring in the shot-put with a heave of (37-08) for seventh place.
The Lumberjacks’ Peyton Bassett scored sixth place in the 200 meter dash.
The top three finishers in each running event as well as the shot put, discus and long jump earned automatic berths into next weekend’s state meet at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field, while the top four in both the high jump and pole vault – including any athlete that met qualifying standards in the event – also punched their ticket.
Others could qualify as at-large bids if their times or distances are among the top four among all of the regionals contested.