A pair of Morgantown runners knocked off reigning West Virginia Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Tori Starcher at the St. Mary's XC Festival held at Cabell Midland on August 31th.
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Williamstown and Doddridge County were the elite of the field. Drazba, Swiger, Postlewaite and Rich set new West Virginia records
The Doddridge County High School boys and the Williamstown High School girls track teams blew away the Class A competition at the West Virginia State Track Meet at Charleston’s Laidley Field on May 18th-19th, 2012. This year's Class A State Meet was a record-breaking year for both the boys and girls. They had a combined total of eighteen performances that bettered the State Meet record, ten for the girls and eight for the boys.
Alex Dent of Hurricane - Top AAA Girl (Photo by Lance McDaniel) AAA Girls 1600m Video (Featuring Alex Dent - AAA Girls High Point Performer) Team State Champions: Class A State Champions: Williamstown Boys and St. Marys Girls Class AA State Champions: Ritchie County Boys and Oak Hill Girls Class AAA State Champions: Jefferson Boys and Buckhannon-Upshur Girls New State Records: (11) Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue (Photo by Danny Farley) Triple State Champion and 3 New State Meet Records Class A (7) Girls 100m high hurdles 33" - 14.90 - Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue Girls 300m low hurdles 30" - 46.65 - Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue Girls HIgh Jump - 5'-03" - Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue Boys 800m run - 1:59.76 - Derrick Chaffin of Richwood Boys 4 x 400m relay - 3:32.57 - Charleston Catholic (Will Dobins, Will Farkas-Worth, Seth Ritchie and Michael Robinson) Girls 4 x 102.5m shuttle Hurdle Relay - 1:06.90 - Williamstown (Kylie Hammer, Jessica Kerns, Lincoln Postlewaite and Keeper Gray) Girls 4 x 400m relay - St. Marys - 4:16.40 (Rachel Taylor, Kelsea Fickiesen, Dani Renner and Ali Johnson) Class AA (0) Class AAA (4) Boys 800m run - 1.54.03 - Andy Bailey of St. Albans Boys 3200m run - 9:14.23 - Dayton McVicker of Fairmont Senior Girls 4 x 102.5m shuttle hurdle relay - 1:04.13 Buckhannon-Upshur(Susie Godwin, Emily Godwin, Lauren Cvechko and Ashley Hall) Girls Shot Put - 41' 3.25" - Karissa Knabenshue of Buckhannon-Upshur High Point Performers: Bria Welker of Frankfort - 3 AA State Titles: 200m (25.65), 400m (57.71) and Long Jump (16' 10.5") (photo by Lance McDaniel) Class A Girls: (30) Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue and Maggie Drazba of St. Marys Class A Boys: (40) Kyle Davies of St. Marys Class AA Girls: (38) Bria Welker of Frankfort Clas AA Boys: (36) Brandon Franklin of Liberty Harrison Class AAA Girls: (24.5) Alex Dent of Hurricane Class AAA Boys: (24) Brandon Doughty of Jefferson AAA Boys 1600m Video (Featuring Brandon Doughty - AAA Boys High Point Performer) Kyle Davies of St. Marys (Photo by Lance McDaniel) Kyle Davies of St. Marys won all 4 events he entered in class A scoring the highest point total (40) of any athlete in any classification. The 4 State titles were in the 100m (11.29), 200m (23.08), 400m (50.71) and long jump (20'-07") National Elite Performances: (59) West Virginia State Meet National Elites
Johnson, Drazba and Sigler Lead St. Marys Williamstown Defines Team/Davies Scores 40 WV Region IV A -- Charleston. St. Marys girls held off a pesky Williamstown team 196-181 to win the West Virginia Region IV A meet. Charleston Catholic was a distant 3rd with 86 points. Each team got their points in different ways. St. Marys won 10 individual events and Williamstown won 3 individual events. Williamstown won 4 of the 5 relay events with St. Marys winning the other relay race. Alison Johnson, a sophomore, from St. Marys led her team with 32.5 points with some unusual winning combinations. Johnson won the 400m dash in 1:02.76, the 300m hurdles (50.61), the long jump (15’-02.5”), and anchored the winning 4 x 800m relay in 10:50.21. Freshman Maggie Drazba scored 30 points by sweeping the distance races. Drazba won the 800m (2:31.77), 1600m (5:29.39) and 3200m (11:35.70). Teammate Ashley Sigler, senior, won the shot put (30’-10”) and discus (98’-03”). Open article for complete recap
WV Runners High School early season rankings based on the results we have show some returning favorites for the girls and a new face at the top of the boy’s rankings. Alyssa Boucher, a senior, from Jefferson leads the way for the girls with a 19:08.40 with her 2nd place finish in the large school division at the Interstate Classic on 9/5/2009 at Clear Spring, Maryland. Andrea Nickerson, a senior, from Jefferson holds down the #2 spot as she placed 3rd at the Interstate Classic with a 19:26.90. Rounding out the top 3 for the girls is Lydia Martinelli, a senior, of University as she placed 1st in the AAA division with a 19:37 at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational held on 9/5/09 at Williamstown in Williamstown, WV. Here is the girl’s list of complete rankings: WV Runners High School Girl Rankings For the boys, Jacob Burcham, a freshman, from Cabell Midland took 1st place in 16:38 at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational in the AAA division. Last year Burcham was a standout for Barboursville Middle School. Patrick Jividen , junior, from Winfield placed 2nd in 16:43 at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational. Jividen was one of only two runners to break 17 minutes on this course in Williamstown. Brandon Doughty, a junior, from Jefferson ran to a 10th place finish in 16:45.10 at the Interstate Classic in Clear Spring, MD competing in the large school division. Here are the boy’s rankings: WV Runners High School Boy Rankings
62 performances met or exceeded the Milesplit National Silver Standard. (updated 5/27/09) WV Athletes Achieving National Elite Performances Numerous State meet records fell in the 2009 West Virginia State Championships. State Meet Records Updated 5/23/2009 Meet Recaps: AAA Boys Hedgesville Senior High School easily took the boys AAA race by a 24 point margin over Jefferson 92 - 68. It was a total team effort as Jordan Reed claimed the only races for Hedgesville. Reed sprinted to the win in the 100m in 11.36 after posting a 10.85 in the preliminaries. Reed came back and slammed the field in the 200m with a time of 21.98. Reed gathered 24 points after earning points in Hedgesville’s runner-up relays in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m. Zach Tennant a senior from North Marion was the outstanding performer as he broke West Virginia State meet records in the 1600m and 3200m. Tennant took 1st in the 1600m in 4:13.84 bettering the old record of 4:14.03 by Preston’s Eric Ryan in 2005. Tennant blistered the 3200m in 9:14.84 eclipsing the 29 year old record held by Mike Kominsky of Oak Hill in 1980 by 2 ½ seconds . Tennant was pushed in the 1600m race by 800m winner Craig Pritt a senior from Preston. Pritt’s time was 4:17.77. Pritt took first in the 800m in 1:55.02. AAA Girls The AAA girls broke 5 West Virginia State track meet records. Three were in relay events and two were by individuals. Taylor Brown a junior from Jefferson was involved with two of those records. Brown broke the State Meet record in the 300m hurdles with a clocking of 44.34. The previous record was held by Chelsea Carrier of Buckhannon-Upshur in 2006 in 44.57. Brown led Jefferson (66 pts.) to victory in a tightly contested meet with Woodrow Wilson with 61 points. Jefferson’s 4 x 100m relay team broke a 29 year old record of 49.20 held by the 1980 Wheeling Park ladies with a time of 48.58. Members of the new State Meet record relay team are: Chelsea Bryan, Taylor Brown, Chelsey Flinchum, and Brittany Carr. Ari Kasprowicz, a senior from Preston, set the new standard in the 3200m in 10:49.15 by breaking her former teammate, Kaylyn Christopher, time of 10:55.52 that was set in 2006. The Hurricane ladies smashed the 4 x 800m relay record by over 5 seconds with the new benchmark of 9:31.14. Preston held the previous record of 9:36.53 which was set in 2007. Members of the record breaking relay were: Sahara Assi, Alex Dent, Sarah Davis, and Josie Crouch Wheeling Park ladies set the girls 4 x 102.5m shuttle hurdle relay State Record in 1:04.18. Members of the State Meet record shuttle hurdle relay are: Miranda Rios, Ashley Dolan, Alicia Bonar, and Hannah Gompers. Open the article to read the Double and Single A recaps.
Numerous performances from week #2 moved into first place in the individual and relay rankings. As the weeks pass, the marks and times will get tougher to surpass. On the boys side, Justin Howe of Parkersburg ran the 400m in 50.19 at the Carlos Akers Memorial Invitation held at Cabell Midland High School in Ona, WV. Also at the Carlos Akers Invitation, Xavier Humphrey of Huntington and Cody Schuler of Winfield each high jumped 6-4 to share the lead. Casey Johnson of Jefferson long jumped 21' 3.5" at the Dwight Scott Battlefield Blast held at Boonsboro High School in Boonsboro, Maryland. Brady McConnell of Wheeling Park heaved the shot put 48' 7.75" at the TSTCA Outdoor Championships held at West Mifflin High School in West Mifflin, PA. Updating the girls rankings, Kyra Sharpe of Musselman ran a 12.53 100m time in the prelims at the Robert S. Irwin Invitation held at Elkins High School in Elkins. Taylor Browne of Jefferson posted a 46.85 time in the 300m hurdles at the Dwight Scott Battlefield Blast. Savanah Rutherford of Spring Valley set the new standard in the 400m with a clocking of 58.37 at the Carlos Akers Memorial Invitation. Earning a Milesplit U.S. 2nd team elite performance, Josie Crouch of Hurricane, set the early season best time in the 800m in 2:19.18 at the Carlos Akers Memorial Invitation. Madison Postlewaite of Williamstown cleared 9' 6" in the pole vault at the Tyler Consolidated HS Invitation held in Sisterville, WV at Tyler Consolidated High School. Finally, Sammie Hicks of Parkersburg South earned a Milesplit U.S. 2nd team mark in the shot put with a throw of 37" at the Carlos Akers Memorial Invitation. Here are the new leader board rankings for High School. West Virginia High School Boys Outdoor Leader Board West Virginia High School Girls Outdoor Leader Board You can also find college and national rankings in the link above. There are many links in the rankings that will take you to each meet, team, or athlete. If you want someone to be included in the rankings please be sure we get the results and Hy-Tek versions in possible.
State Meet Results and elite performances have been added. Jasmine Cotten of Fayettville re-writes the record book by large margins in the 100m, 400m, and long jump.. Several others broke State Meet records including Kaylyn Christopher. After checking all of the results a complete write-up will come this afternoon. (All write-ups are completed.)
University of Richmond sophomore and former Williamstown track star, Ryan Jobes, was killed in an automobile accident on Tuesday. Jobes was a multiple West Virginia State Champion and had posted a 1:55 in the 800m at Richmond. Jobes will be missed by his family, friends, and the track community.