File photo courtesy of Concord University Turlock, CA. -- Shawnee Carnett, a sophomore, from Concord University just won the 800m at the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championship. It was fun watching her go from the back of the pack and make her move with about 200m to go and she finally took the lead and blew the field away in the last 100m to win in 2:14.53 . It was her type of race. The pace was slow, so she was able to out kick the competition like she normally does. Shawnee is now a 3 time All-American and the first National champion in track and field for Concord University. Congrats to Shawnee.
Running in the 3rd and final heat of the 800m prelims on Friday nignt at the NCAA DII Track and Field Championships, held at Cal State Stanislaus Warrior Stadium in Turlock, CA, Shawnee Carnett a sophomore from Concord University ran a stadium best time of 2:09.60 to earn the #1 seed for the finals that will be run today at 10:25 pm EDT. Watch Live here by clicking on the link and scrolling down to the bottom : http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule
Tyler Consolidated Earns Runner-up Spot Heading into state meet as many as eight teams had a legitimate shot at winning the AA girls team title. After the smoke cleared on Saturday afternoon, Berkeley Springs walked away with the championship as they snuck past Tyler Consolidated and Oak Glen. Much like the Doddridge boys and their quest for the team title, Berkeley Springs had just one individual champion as junior thrower Harlie Stotler captured titles in both shot put and discus. Berkeley Springs’ depth was the deciding factor.
Total Team Effort Gives Bulldogs State Title Doddridge County winning the 4 x 100m relay. Heading into the state meet Doddridge County and St. Marys was expected to go head-to-head in several pivotal events that would ultimately decide the state championship between the Little Kanawha Conference rivals. Doddridge lived up to the expectations as they claimed their second team championship in the last three years. Meanwhile, St. Marys fell back to fourth place as Charleston Catholic claimed state runner-up and Williamstown rounded out the top four. Doddridge won despite not having a single individual champion. However, Doddridge did claim victories in the 4x100-meter relay and Shuttle Hurdles. They also picked up a pair of second place finishes from Daniel Plaugher in 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Drazba Wins 3 State Championship Titles Breaks 2 Meet Records Magie Drazba winning one of her 3 titles Over the last two years, a rivalry has seemed to bloom between St. Mary’s Maggie Drazba and Charleston Catholic’s Sami Harris. After her strong performance at the state meet, Drazba now has five individual state titles--three this year and two last year--to her name, while Harris only has one. Drazba broke two state records in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter records. She also tied the 800-meter run record with a time of 2:24.32.
Martinsburg runner-up by one point Propst is a triple WV State champion Triple State Champion Godwin Knabenshue- Double State Champion Led by strong performances from sophomore Emily Godwin and senior Karissa Knabenshue, the Buckhannon-Uphsur girls was able to squeak past Martinsburg by one point for the team title.
Burcham's stellar triple Burcham edges Doughty by .02 to earn the trifecta. (Lance McDaniel photo) Going into the boys AAA State Track Meet, much hype surrounded the 800-meter, 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs. It’s safe to say that all three events lived up to that hype.
Franklin Repeats As High Point Champ Brandon Franklin Last year, Liberty Harrison’s Brandon Franklin edged former Sherman star Jake Rollo for the high point by a mere four points. This year--from the beginning--there was little doubt who was going to be high point champ. On Friday night, Franklin won long jump by over a foot.
Jacob Burcham starting the bell lap in the Boys AAA 3200 meter where he finished up with an impressive 57 second last 400 split and took the victory with a 9:11 (his last 800 was 2:00 flat!). Brandon Doughty (in gold) showed all guts, leading the first 5 laps of the race and pushing Burcham all the way to the tape. More photos and info to come! Day One results are posted. There were several exciting and closely contested events. We will have complete recaps of each class division and photos after the conclusion of the meet.
Godwin, B-U look for strong state meet performance Buckhannon-Upshur sophomore Emily Godwin has dominated the state in four events this year--100-meter high hurdles, 300-meter low hurdles, high jump and long jump. As you travel east on Route 33 towards Randolph County, Elkins’ Letitia Propst has had success in four events for this year as well--the 400-meter dash, 800-meter, 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs.
Cabell Midland, Jefferson enter States as team favorites As the state meet approaches for the top athletes in the state of West Virginia, a possible storyline could be the team and individual battles between Cabell Midland and Jefferson.
Eight teams in the mix for title at states Fractions of seconds and inches could decide several individual champions and ultimately the team champion in the girls AA races at the state meet.
AA boys will see lots of good races As teams travel to Charleston this weekend for the WV State Track Meet, several questions remain in numerous AA boys events. Unlike, in AAA where two or three athletes appear to be favorites in their respective events, that is certainly not the case for AA.
Rivalry brewing between sophomores Nearly, two years into their respective high school running careers, St. Mary’s Maggie Drazba and Charleston Catholic’s Sami Harris have seemed to developed a rivalry in the distance events.
Blue Devils, Bulldogs will battle for team crown Over the years Doddridge County and St. Mary’s have consistently had success at the state track meet. As the 2011 State Meet approaches, the two Little Kanawha Conference schools rank first and second in the state.
Please visit the official West Virginia State Track and Field Championship web site (WVSSAC Track Web Site), or use this handy reference to the links on the WVSSAC site. We plan to have a preview article posted soon. 2011 State Track Meet State Track Games Committee Report 2011 Order of Events 2011 State Track Meet Qualifiers AAA Boys AAA Girls AA Boys AA Girls A Boys A Girls 2011 Heat Sheets State Track Records
Williamstown Girls Shine, St. Marys Boys Win The girls of Williamstown High School were all business at the Region IV A meet, taking home the win with 217 points. They placed first in an amazing 11 or 19 events. Taking home the runner up trophy was St. Marys High School in 114 points. On the boys side it was St. Marys taking home the victory. Led by junior Derek Renner the Blue Devils scored 156 points, besting their closest competition, Williamstown High by 42 points.
Richwood Girls Dominate, Pocahontas Deemed Victor in Boys Meet The Richwood High School girls rolled over the competition at the Region III A meet placing first in 12 of the 18 track and field events, and winning the overall meet in 243 points, 189 more points than second place Pocahontas County High School (84 points). The boy’s side was flip-flopped. The Pocahontas boys came out on top with 202 points, while Richwood placed second with 148 points.
Tucker County Shines It was all Tucker County at the Region II A track meet. The girls of Tucker County, led by Elizabeth Carr, beat out East Hardy High School for the victory, scoring 184.5 points, 93 more points than East Hardy. The boys of Tucker County came away with the “W” for the day, but not as easily as their counterparts. Led by Chris Bonner, they won with 131 points. Pendleton County High School, their closest competitor, finished the day with 106.333 points.
Doddridge Sweeps Region I Both the boys and the girls saw the same team results at the Region I A meet with Doddridge County taking first and Wheeling Central Catholic taking second. D’Andra Swiger, Bethany Carroll, and Sarah Ferguson led the way for Doddridge in their victory on the girls side. Daniel Plaugher, Caleb Moore, and Dillon Muhly-Alexander let the way for Doddridge in their victory on the boys side.
Cunningham, Pullen power Dots to regional titles Poca dominated both the boys and girls’ team competitions. The boys’ scored 175 points, while second place Sherman had 97. The Dots’ girls team surpassed the boys total with 179. Scott placed second with 94.
Treadway, Brown lead Oak Hill to boys’ team title Shady Spring girls’ jump past competition Oak Hill won the boys’ team time with relative ease over second place Greenbrier West 116-89. The Shady Spring girls’ won the team title over second place PikeView by a margin of 140-87.
Keyser spins out of Region II with two team titles The Keyser Golden Tornado girls’ team had top three finishes in all five of the relay events and squeaked past Berkley Springs for the team title. Keyser headed back to the eastern panhandle with two team titles. However, the Keyser boys’ team dominated their competition. They were able to score 147 points. The next closest was Philip Barbour with 98.
Hinerman, Blue Eagles fly past foes Foley impresses in girls’ events Magnolia’s Alec Hinerman put together two impressive races in the 1600-meter run and 3200-meter run to edge the Blue Eagles past Ritchie County 140-123 for the Region I AA team title. On the girls’ side of things, it was a mixture of youth and experience that led Tyler Consolidated to the team title.
Reynolds and Burcham Lead Cabell Midland to Victory Valerie Kirk led the Winfield girls to the WV Region IV AAA title with wins in both hurdle events. Winfield accumulated 111 points to runner up Hurricane's 96.5 points. Jacob Reynold and Jacob Burcham each scored impressive triple individual victories to lead Cabell Midland to the region title with 128 points to Parkersburg South's 112 points.
Greenbrier East and Woodrow Wilson Region Champs The Greenbrier East ladies with only one individual winner took the Region III AAA title with 112 points to 2nd place Nicholas County's 100 points.The boys from Woodrow Wilson high school in Beckley won a tighly contested race with 122 points. Two points separated the next three teams. George Washington boys claimed 2nd place with 108 points and Greenbrier East and South Charleston tied for 3rd place with 106 points.
Godwin Wins Four Events Emily Godwin and Karissa Knabenshue led the ladies from Buckhannon-Upshur to victory in the WV Region II AAA championship while Brandon Doughty and Dante Price of Jefferson carried the guys to another cougar title. The Buckhannon-Uphur girls team slipped by Martinsburg by a score of 123 to 106.5 and the Jefferson boys team slammed the field with 176 points. Washington was a distant 2nd with 59 points.
Wheeling Park Sweeps Wheeling Park swept the boys and girls Region I AAA titles held at Preston High School in convincing fashion. The boys blew the competition away with 196.5 points easily outdistancing the team from Fairmont Senior with 88 points. The girls had a tigher battle but made it a sweep with 126.5 points to Morgantown's 104 points.
Carrier Named Most Outstanding Big East Athlete By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com May 08, 2011 04:44 PM MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team completed the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships this afternoon with a school-best second-place finish. The Mountaineers took the runner up spot with 107 team points behind Louisville who captured its fourth-consecutive title with 117 points. West Virginia team members pose with their runner-up trophy at the 2011 Big East outdoor track and field championships. Submitted photo
By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com May 07, 2011 07:58 PM MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team is currently in fourth place this evening, after completing the second day of action at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with two conference titles. Senior Chelsea Carrier Senior Chelsea Carrier became the first Mountaineer in school history to win a long jump title in the outdoor season with a personal-best distance of 6.42 meters. The mark also was the longest jump at the BIG EAST Championship since Rutgers’ Shameka Marshall jumped 6.47 meters in 2005 and places her second on WVU’s all-time list. The Buckhannon, W.Va., native also qualified for the finals in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, while teammate Chené Townsend will join Carrier in the 100-meter hurdle finals.
Baynes Now Sets Sight on Another State Title Junior high jumper Errin Baynes of Wheeling Park recently set the U.S. #2 mark for the high jump this season at the Mars Invitational in Mars, PA. Baynes is the defending WV AAA state champion in the high jump and has his sights on another state title. High jumping over 7' puts Baynes in an elite goup of American high school high jumpers that have cleared the magical 7' mark.
Ritchie County Boys and Williamstown Girls Win Conference Championships Drazba Runs WV#1 3200m in 11:06.87 Mark Britton of Ritchie County threw a US #28 best in the discuss with a personal best throw of 181' 4 " to lead Ritchie County to the Little Kanawha Conference track and field championships. Britton, a senior, added the shot put conference title to his resume with a winning heave of 51' 1". Britton is a two time defending state champion in the discuss. In 2009, Britton was a double state champion in the throws when he won the shot put to go with the discuss. This national caliber athlete has had a stellar career and it isn't over yet. Ritchie County beat out a stubborn St. Mary's team by a score of 129 to 116 to take the crown. Wlliamstown ladies smashed the field by winning the LKC title by an 89 point victory margin with 176 points to 2nd place finisher St. Mary's 87 points. Maggie Drazba of St. Mary's ran a WV #1 best time in the 3200m with a 11:06.87 clocking. Andrea Chidester (100m - 13.00), Madelin Gardner (200m - 27.52), Megan Steele (high jump - 5' 0"), LIn Postlewaite (pole vault - 10' 0"), and Shila Allman (shot put - 33' 6.5") were individual winners for the conference champions from Williamstown.
Cabell Midland Sweeps Conference Titles Jacob Burcham ran the 40th fastest time in the U.S. this year in the 800m with a 1:53.88 while posting a West Virginia #1 best time. Burcham also took the 400m in 51.11 to lead Cabell Midland to a convincing win for the boys at the Mountain State Athletic Conference Championships. Cabell Midland with 102 points easily outdistance 2nd place finisher South Charleston with 82 points. Jacob Reynolds (200m - 22.49), David Jobe (1600m - 4:33.42), and Tyler Sammons (3200m - 10:05.11) won individual conference titles. The girls took the MSAC by 1 point over Hurricane by a score of 89 to 88. Kinsey Hall in the 200m dash was the lone individual winner for the girls with a time of 28.10.
WHEELING, W. Va. (Results)– The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s track and field team garnered 222 points en route to a conference title while Seton Hill’s women’s posted 179.75 points to earn the conference crown Saturday. Steeple Chase athletes are the real deal. Check out all the photos of this lady and more.