Bria Welker and Katie Jan lead the Frankfort Ladies to AA State Championship
Frankfort Girls are the 2013 WV AA State Champions - Photo by Rollie Jacobs
Bria Welker and Katie Jan lead the Frankfort ladies with 71 points of their team's 82 points while Ritchie County took care of business on the boys side.
Usually it takes a team effort to win a state championship. However, when you have two great athletes to compete on such a high level on the same team and that dynamic duo wins 7 events, you can throw out the normal. Welker and Jan of Frankfort won every running event from the 100 meter dash to the 3200 meter run and Welker added a victory in the hurdles. Jan added a point to her totals in the 4 x400 meter relay to give them 71 points of Frankfort's 82 points.
Bria Welker of Frankfort was the high point earner with 40 - Photo by Rollie Jacobs
Welker was the high point earner with 40 points in which she took first in every event she competed in. She won the 100 meter dash in 12.47, the 200 meter dash in 25.67 after posting a 25.26 in the preliminaries, the 400 meter dash in 57.13 tying her West Virginia AA State record time she set last year, and the 300 meter hurdles in 45.45.
Katie Jan of Frankfort winning the 3200 meter run on Friday night - Photo by Rollie Jacobs
Jan won each distance event. She took the 800 meter run in 2:19.02, the 1600 meter in 5:09.38, and the 3200 meter in 11:26.78.
Bridgeport Girls and their WV State Runner-up Trophy - Photo by Rollie Jacobs
Freshman Hannah McCall of Bridgeport placed first in the discus with a throw of 108’ 06” to earn Bridgeport only WV State title. Bridgeport totaled 64 points.
Ritchie County Defines Team
Ritchie County with trophy is the WV AA State Champions - Photo by Rollie Jacobs
Ritchie County defines the word team in track and field and proved that you can win a State title without dominant individual performances. Freshman Austin Garret was the lone winner clearing 13' 2" in the pole vault. Jessie Hilvers took three 3rd place finishes in the 400 meter dash (51.58), 800 meter run (2:01.58), and 300 meter hurdles (41.14).
Roane County is the WV AA boys runner-up - Photo by Rollie Jacobs
Sophomore Troy Fisher led Roane County to a state runner-up trophy with a victory in the 400 meter dash in 51.08.
Nathan Bernarde of Grafton - Photo by Rollie Jacobs
Nathan Bernarde of Grafton is the AA high point earner with 34 points. Bernarde took 1st in the 110 meter hurdles in 14.97, 1st in the 300 meter hurdles in 39.59, 2nd in the 200 meter dash in 23.32, and 3rd in the high jump with a height of 5’ 10”.
Christian Buckley of Poca had Milesplit elite throws in both the shot put and discus while winning two State titles. Buckley tossed the shot put 51' 7" and the discus 159' 4'. Buckley leads the state in all classifications in the discus. His #1 ranking throw was 162' 8.5".
Double A Girls Highlights
- 1,600 Meter Run - Katie Jan (Frankfort) 5:09.38;
- 300 Meter Hurdles - Bria Welker (Frankfort) 45.45;
- 400 Meter Dash - Bria Welker (Frankfort) 57.13;
- 800 Meter Run - Katie Jan (Frankfort) 2:19.02;
Double A Boys Highlights
- 1,600 Meter Run - Ab Merinar (Bridgeport Senior) 4:23.36; Will Shaffer (Scott) 4:24.80;
- 3,200 Meter Run - Nick Trefz (Fairmont Senior) 9:36.21;
- Discus - Christian Buckley (Poca) 159-4;
- Shot Put - Christian Buckley (Poca) 51-7;