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.
Godwin and the rest of the Buccaneers will be in a tight team race with Martinsburg as they will be led by junior Jasmyn Hosby, who is ranked first in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and is seeded second in the 400-meter dash. Godwin, who has high-jumped five foot ten inches already this year has already broke the state record set by former Bridgeport jumper Kendall McCaugherty in 2007. The sophomore has the best jump in the state by six inches. In the 300-meter low hurdles, Godwin has run two seconds faster than Winfield’s Valarie Kirk. In Godwin’s other two events, she could face some stiffer competition. In the 100-meter high hurdles, Godwin is ahead of Fairmont Senior’s Alyssa Scherich by just .19 seconds. As for the long jump, Godwin has jumped about eight inches further than Huntington’s Talequia Hamilton.
Meanwhile, Propst will try to pull off the impressive quadruple in her four events. Although Propst has won three state cross country titles, she has been shut out at the state meet in her previous three times. Propst, Scherich and Hosby are the only girls in the state to break 60 seconds in the 400-meter dash this year. In the 800-meter run, Propst, Scherich and Hurricane’s Tori Dent are all separated by less than two seconds. Propst, the future WVU star, is ranked four seconds ahead of University’s Amelia Paladino. The freshman from Morgantown and Propst are in a deadlock for top spot entering the 3200-meter run. Both have run 11:18 this season. Also, in the two mile race, will be Kaitlyn Workman from Preston, who narrowly lost to Propst at the cross country state meet in October.