MHS Boys Finish Second
Boys State Track Meet Results:
The 2019 West Virginia State Track and Field Championships got off with out a hitch on Friday, but it wasn’t long before mother nature decided she wanted to play and what started normal turned into havoc as hard rains and lightning extended Friday’s start to the meet to close to midnight with a four hour delay.
However, Saturday was a different story and the meet resumed in normal fashion, heat and all. Local athletes from several schools got the opportunity to showcase their skillls and while some brought home gold and other hardware, many others came way with the experience of competing against the best the state has to offer.
Magnolia finished second in the meet behind Doddridge County with only two points separating the two schools. The Blue Eagles were trying for back to back state titles but just fell short to a good Bulldog team.
Tyler Consolidated junior Mark Rucker finished third in the 100 meter dash preliminaries with a time of 11.35 and followed it up in the finals with the same result, third place, with a time of 11.42 to bring home the silver medal and give the Knights six points. Rucker was just a fraction of a second behind the top two in the photo finish race.
The 200 meter dash featured Hundred High School Cody Soles who ran sixth in the preliminaries with a qualifying time of 24.10 and ended in the point race with a sixth place finish with a time of 24.09 to give the Hornets their lone point at Charleston.
In the 400 meter dash Magnolia’s senior Pat Mirandy grabbed gold with a time of 50.45 good for 10 points and teammate sophomore Jason Beisel finished third for the silver medal with a 51.72 time and six more points. The Silver Knights senior Destry Nelson scored a point for his team with a time of 52.34 good for sixth best in the state.
The 800 meter run saw Magnolia get another gold as senior Spencer Shepard raced to the finish line with a 2:00.82 giving him first place and adding 10 more points for the Blue Eagles.
Tyler Consolidated picked up another point when sophomore Spencer Corley finished in the point race in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:41.69.
One of the most anticipated races of the day took place in the 110 meter high hurdles where the Silver Knights showed off their two talented hurdlers, junior Zack Placer and senior Nathan Barker. Barker nipped Placer in the preliminaries for second place with a time of 15.85 while Placer got third with a 15.89. However, they reversed the order in the finals with Placer taking second with a 15.80 and Barker, the West Liberty University recruit finishing third with a 16 flat. The Knights picked up 14 total points from the hurdlers efforts.
Pat Mirandy added eight more points for the Blue Eagles with a second place in the 300 meter lows as he skimmed the hurdles in a time of 40.12 less than a second behind Tucker County.
The 4×100 meter relay race turned into a dandy as only a second separated the top three teams. Webster County won the event but Magnolia got revenge from a regional loss to the Silver Knights and nipped them at the line in a phot finish for second place. Magnolia with a team of senior Sebastian Stickler, sophomore Jason Beisel, senior Kyle Thomas, and junior James Stillwagoner ran a 44.87 for eight points.
The Silver Knights with a team of junior Rucker, senior Griffin Phillips, senior Barker, and senior Nick Gorby, ran a 44.92 for six team points and third place.
The 4×200 meter relay race was more of the same for the Blue Eagles as they finished second to Webster County, in a close race. The Blue with a team of Beisel, Stillwagoner, freshamn Damon Shimp, and Mirandy, ran a 1:32.15 good for eight Magnolia points. The Silver Knights also competed in the event and finished with a time of 1:37.39, with a team of Nelson, Barker, Gorby, and Placer.
Magnolia once again finished second in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:35.84 and eight points, with a team of Stillwagoner, sophomore Logan Beegle, Shepard, and Mirandy. The Silver Knights team of Nelson, Corley, sophomore Austin Timmons, and Gorby grabbed a point for Tyler with a sixth place time of 3:44.09.
In the 4×800 meter relay race Magnolia picked up six points with a time of 8:34.20 for third place with a team of sophomore Gavin Herrick, Shepard, Beegle, and Beisel.
The Silver Knights finished the race with a time of 8:57.01, with a team of Corley, Nelson, Timmons, and sophomore Hadyn Brown.
The Silver Knights highly regarded shuttle hurdle team of Barker, junior Elijiah Day, Timmons, and Placer came in a very close third with all three top teams being separated by less than a second. The Silver Knights ran a 1:00.86 in a dandy that looked like anyones race. The Knights added six points to their team total, while claiming the silver medals. Paden Cityalso ran in the race and ran a 1:10.98.
The Wildcats team was made up of senior Alex McCoy, frshman Parker Higgins, freshman Jasup Spragg, and junior Kyler Wade.
In the event most fans of the Silver Knights were waiting on Spencer Corley didn’t dissapoint as he destroyed the competition with his 6-04.00 high jump to win the gold medal and come home state champion high jumper Class A. Corley’s jump gave the Knights 10 points. Stay tuned to this event the next couple years as Corley reaches for greater heights.
In the Pole Vault the Silver Knights had two participants with junior Daniel Lanham getting 10-00.00 and freshamnSteven Judge going over at 9-06.00. Magnolia senior Jacob Miller competed in the long jump with a leap of 17-11.50.
The Blue Eagles got a big boost in the shot put with junior Jakob Barrows winning gold with a huge 52-05-00 to give Magnolia 10 points. They received two more points in th eevent from Jared Barrows who grabbed the fifth place spot with a toss of 45-03.50.
Paden City senior E.J. Weber picked up fourth edging out Barrows with a toss of 45-03.75. Weber has overcome an injury which sidelined him for most of his high school career but with hard work, and dedication he has performed over and above to reach the state and finish in the point race, giving the Wildcats four points.
Tyler Consolidated’s Jacob Sharp had a nice toss of 40-11.75 and the Wildcats got a good effort from Jason Anderson with a 40-02.75. Both boys will return next year for their respective schools.
In the Discus Jared Barrows picked up six more points for the Blyue Eagles with a throw of 138-06.
Congratulations to all the area athletes on showcasing their skills and performing to the best of their ability for their schools at the best of the best state high school track meet.