Morgantown Girls 2012 West Virginia AAA Track and Field State Champions - Rollie Jacobs photo
Going into the West Virginia High School Track & Field State Tournament, which was held on May 18th-19th at Charleston Laidley Field, the Buckhannon-Upshur girls' track team were looking for a third straight team team championship.
Head Coach Jackie Zuliani knew she had a very talented and athletic squad, which was led by Emily Godwin, one of West Virginia's best female prep athletes of all time. Godwin was the Class AAA Girls high point winner at last year's State Meet with thirty-six points.
The Lady Bucs had an outstanding regular and Regional track season, but were nervous about going into this year's State Track Meet.
B-U knew that the Morgantown girls' track team were also having a great track season and that the margin of error was slim. What made this match-up interesting was the fact that they would only square off in five events - the 4x200 meter relay, high jump, pole vault, long jump, and shot put. Neither team could do much damage, it would be up to how they fared against the rest of the competition.
Morgantown's Coach Steve Blinco said at the beginning of the track season that he felt people were counting his team out. Blinco knew in his heart that the Mohigans would be in the hunt for the Team Championship. "We have a lot of young talent, but just don't count us out!" said Blinco.
After day one was completed, with only five events being scored, Morgantown led Buckhannon-Upshur thirty-two to nineteen in the team standings.
At the completion of 2012 West State Track Meet, the Morgantown High School girls' track team won four events and the team title by a score of 85 to 75. The Mohigans received first from Brynn Harshbarger in the 3200 meter run and Rachel Hewitt in the pole vault. Morgantown also won the 4x100 & 4x200 meter relay of (Ashley Halloway, Haley Halloway, Natasha Trott, Knisha Baldwin).
Other Morgantown girls' track team notables: Natasha Trott placed second in the 100 & 200 meter run, Brynn Harshbarger placed third in the 1600 meter run, Sydney Pineault placed fourth in the 3200 meter run, the 4x800 meter relay team placed second, Rebekah Lafata placed fifth in the long jump, and Haley Halloway placed third in the high jump.
WV State AAA runner-ups from Buckhannon-Upshur - Rollie Jacobs photo
The Lady Bucs finished in second behind Steve Blinco's Mohigans. Junior Emily Godwin of Buckhannon-Upshur High School took high point honors by winning the 100 meter high hurdles, the 300 meter low hurdles, the high Jump, and the long jump, placing first in all four individual events. Godwin is one of only ten athletes who scored 40-points in the history of West Virginia High School Boys/Girls Track & Field.
Buckhannon-Upshur's only other first place finish was their shuttle hurdle relay team of (Katy Riley, Abby Lantz, Courtney Reed, Lauren Cvechko).
Girls Team Scores:
1. Morgantown HS 85, 2. Buckhannon-Upshur HS 75, 3. Martinsburg HS 63, 4. Washington HS 35, 5. Winfield HS 30, 5. University HS 30, 7. Fairmont Senior HS 24, 8. Hurricane HS 23, 9. Saint Albans HS 22, 10. Wheeling Park HS 21, 11. Parkersburg South HS 19, 12. Capital HS 18, 12. Preston HS 18, 14. Brooke HS 14, 15. Greenbrier East HS 12, 16. John Marshall HS 10, 17. North Marion HS 8, 17. George Washington HS 8, 17. Jefferson HS 8, 17. Hampshire HS 8, 21. Parkersburg HS 7, 22. Bridgeport HS 6, 23. Nitro HS 4, 23. Lewis County HS 4, 25. Woodrow Wilson HS 2, 26. Cabell Midland HS 1, 26. Huntington HS 1, 26. Nicholas County HS 1, 26. Spring Valley HS 1
100 meter dash: Jasmyn Hosby (Martinsburg) 12.15
200 meter dash: Jasmyn Hosby (Martinsburg) 24.94
400 meter dash: Jasmyn Hosby (Martinsburg) 56.85
800 meter run: Alyssa Scherich (Fairmont Senior) 2:16.69
1600 meter run: Amelia Paladino (University) 5:01.29
3200 meter run: Brynn Hershberger (Morgantown) 11:22.27
100 meter high hurdles: Emily Godwin (Buckhannon-Upshur) 14.67
300 meter low hurdles: Emily Godwin (Buckhannon-Upshur) 43.96 (State Meet Record)
4x100 meter relay: Morgantown HS 48.42 (State Meet Record)
4x200 meter relay: Morgantown HS 1:43.78
4x400 meter relay: Washington HS 4:04.57
4x800 meter relay: University HS 9:34.28
Shuttle hurdle relay: Buckhannon-Upshur HS 1:04.68
High jump: Emily Godwin (Buckhannon-Upshur) 5-08.00
Long jump: Rachel Hewitt (Morgantown) 11-00.00
Pole vault: Emily Godwin (Buckhannon-Upshur) 17-10.50
Shot put: Bethany Drury (St. Albans) 41-06.75 (State Meet Record)
Discus: Bethany Drury (St. Albans) 127-10
Note: Emily Godwin set the State Meet Record in 100 meter high hurdles during the Preliminaries in a time of 14.60.
High Point: 1. Emily Godwin (Buckhannon-Upshur) 40, 2. Jasmyn Hosby (Martinsburg) 32, 3. Alyssa Scherich (Fairmont Senior) 25, 4. Natasha Trott (Morgantown) 21, 5. Bethany Drury (St. Albans) 20
WV Runners would like to congratulate the Morgantown girls track team on their first West Virginia State Track Meet Team Championship! Just like cross country you came in as the under dog, but in the end you came out on top. Also, congrats to Emily Godwin for her 40-point performance to win high point honors two years in a row! Once again you have made the case as to why you are considered one of West Virginia's best prep female athletes of all time! Jasmyn Hosby of Martinsburg HS dominated the sprints! She would have been high point if it weren't for Godwin's remarkable State Meet performance. Just wanted to say that what Hosby accomplished didn't go without notice. Props to Bethany Drury of St. Albans HS for her record setting performance in the shot put!