Locals prepare for state track
CHARLESTON — As the spring season starts to wind down, the top track and field athletes have one more chance to reach their goal and get on the podium starting today. The West Virginia State Track Meet will start today and the Ohio Valley has a great supporting cast going down to the state capital.
Many eyes are going to be on the Magnolia girls’ track team as it looks to defend its Class A state championship. The Blue Eagles will certainly have a valid effort to repeat as they won the regional. Individually, Bailey Estep and Jordan Delaney qualified in three events. Delaney, who ran away with the 1600 and 3200 titles last year, will have a chance to repeat. She also has secured a spot in the 800. Estep will be looking to make noise as she is tied for the top seed at high jump (5-02). The senior will also compete in the long jump and 100.
Freshman Kyndra Pilant, who was also on the softball team that had a solid year, will see the field in shot put and discus, along with Anna Zills. Kennedy Parsons will tackle the 400 while Bre Barbera will compete in the 3200 with Delaney. Kristen Massey will be in the 300 hurdles and Anna Cline is fourth on the list in high jump.
The Blue Eagles will be well-represented in the relays races as they are competing in 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800.
Wheeling Central, which has been having a solid season and competing with Magnolia, has a variety of state qualifiers. Sophomore Kenadee Wayt has the projected second fastest time in the 100 and will also compete in the 200. Nikki Nolte and Nicole Billie also will run in two individual events. Both are projected to get on the podium in the 400 as Nolte is the second fastest and Nicole is sixth. Nolte will also run in the 200 and Billie the 300 hurdles. Ireland Wayt will take on the 800 while Caroline Lestitian qualified in the 3200. The Maroon Knights have the top seed in the 4×100 and 4×400 and also have relay teams in the 4×200 and 4×800.
Cameron’s Caitlin McCurdy will run in the 1600 while Courtney Walker will run the 3200. The Dragons 4×800 team is projected third and the Dragons will also run the shuttle hurdles. Kelsie Meintel will throw shot put as well.
Tyler Consolidated has a handful of girls going down to Charleston including Jahnvi Duncan (1600), Emily Lancaster (pole vault) and Tessa Boyd (discus) along with two relays.
Two Madonna runners are in the 100 as Lea Colantonio has the top seed. Carly Dowiak also will run. Other Blue Dons competing are Emily Rovira (200) and Kennedy Martin (discus). The Blue Dons will also compete in three relay events.
For Valley, Sophie Palmer will be in three events (high jump, 100 hurdles, and long jump). Rachel Baker will also be in the high jump for the Lumberjills.
Hundred’s Katherine Henderson will be in the high jump and long jump.
Bishop Donahue’s Alyssa Ehni will compete in the 100 hurdles and the shuttle relay team will also compete.
In Class AAA, Wheeling Park will be well represented as Abigail Snedeker will run in the 100 and 200 while Beighley Ayers (1600, 3200) will compete in two events. Also representing the Patriots are Sarah Ihlenfeld (800); Isabella DiSaia (3200); Aubrey Wiethe — who has the projected top time — (300 hurdles); Sydney Moffett (high jump); Brady Browning (pole vault); Morgan Glass (long jump) and Khaliah Carter (shot put). Wheeling Park also has a team in all five relay events.
Representing John Marshall will be Emily Harr (200); Andy Andlinger (400); Tahya Stewart (100 hurdles); Amelia Nelson (100 hurdles); Asya Carney (high jump); Lainey Brown (long jump) and Meghan Bird and Chasity Woods (discus). The Monarchs will have four relay teams too.
Brooke’s Amy Rine will compete in the discus and shot put. Also qualifying for the Bruins are Kiara Stevens (100); Rachel Clayton (high jump) and Yazmin Williams (long jump). Brooke will also have a 4×100 team.
In Class AA Weir’s Caroline Fodor (200, 400) will compete in two events as well as Amelia Adams (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles). The Red Riders will also have a 4â–Š400 relay.
Maggie Kovalcik (400, long jump) will represent Oak Glen well as well as Kylee Williams (shot put, discus); Jillian Williams (800); Sophia Felger (high jump) and Jordan Rodriguez (long jump). The Golden Bears have qualified three relay teams as well.
On the boys side, there will be plenty of athletes representing the OVAC in Class A. Tyler Consolidated’s Tyler Anderson has qualified in three events including the 100, 200 and long jump which he has the longest projected mark. The Silver Knights also have Mark Rucker (100); Gavin Corley (1600); Nathan Barker (110 hurdles); Jarrett LeMasters and Levi Morgan (pole vault). LeMasters and Morgan have the two highest projected marks. Tyler Consolidated will also competing in the 4×100 and 4×800.
Magnolia will be looking to make some noise. Chase Street is a projected top three in the 100 while Brooks Parsons has earned the right to go down in the 400 and high jump. Caleb Nice (shot put); Jared Barrows (discus) and Jack Booth will be the individual qualifiers. In the relay events, the 4×200 team is the projected top time while the 4×100 is second. The Blue Eagles are also in the 4×800.
Wheeling Central will have a good group of guys heading down to the state capital as John Burkhalter and Curtis McGhee will both compete in the long jump. Jeremiah Blackmore (high jump); Quintin Thomas (3200) and Brother Jackson (200) will compete in the individual events while the Maroon Knights will be in three relay events.
Madonna’s Tavon Jeter is in three events in the 200, long jump and 110 hurdles in which he has the fastest projected time. Angelo Quatrocchi has qualified in two events for the Blue Dons (1600, 3200). Donovan Kirby will compete in the shot put.
Cameron’s Ben Hart will run in the 1600 while the Dragons posted three times in relay events good enough to go down to Charleston.
Paden City’s Jacob Pierce has the fastest projected time in the 300 hurdles while Cade Myers will also compete in the event and Wesley Smith in the 110 hurdle. The Wildcats will also sport two relay teams.
Danny Stewart of Hundred will be in the high jump as he is projected to finish third.
In boys AAA, Wheeling Park’s Maezi Mosby will go for his goal in the long jump. Other Patriots that qualified are Ronnie Saunders (3200); Nathaniel Moulton (400); Aaron Allen (Pole Vault) and Jermain Snodgrass (shot put). The Patriots will also have a team in all five relay events.
For John Marshall, Alec Edge and Ethan Cameron will compete in the 100. Edge will also run in the 200 while Brennen Wright will compete in the high jump. The 4â–Š100 relay team will also make the trip.
For Brooke, Matthew Harvey (800); Ethan Secrist (100 hurdles); and Derek Jenkins (shot put) will represent their school while 4×100 and 4×400 will compete.
In AA, Weir’s Donavan Spencer will have a target on his back as he looks to defend his state championships in the 100 and 200. Sebastian Spencer (100, 200); Ketshawn Faulks (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Brandon Clausell (high jump) and Ben Fedoush (discus) will also compete for the Red Riders. Weir will also compete in three relay events.
Oak Glen will have a solid group starting with four relay teams going down. Chase Crago (100, 200); Jake McCoy (400); Isaac Rosohac (shot put) and Kellen Tropeck (discus) are the individual qualifiers for the Golden Bears.