West Virginia locals ready for state track

CHARLESTON — It has been almost a year since the Wheeling Central girls’ track team claimed a W.Va. Class A state championship.

In 2017, the Maroon Knights took nine girls to Charleston and left with the hardware. Wheeling Central has been proving that was no fluke as it has captured the OVAC and Class A Region 1 crowns already this season.

It will vie for a chance to repeat when the W.Va. State Track Meet starts at 2 p.m. Friday.

Kenadee Wayt will be back in the 100 and 200, along with Nicole Billie (400, 800), Marisa Horan (200, long jump), Ireland Wayt (800) and Caroline Lestitian (3200) in the individual events. Wheeling Central has four relay teams going to Charleston, three of which have the fastest seed time (4×100, 4×200, 4×400). It will also compete in the 4×800.

Magnolia has a handful of athletes going down. Kennedy Parsons will run in the 400 while both Karina Patel and Aubrey Hall will run the 3200. Liza Clegg (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Mady Winters (shot put, discus), Kyndra Pilant (shot put, discus) and Lenecia Grimm (300 hurdles) will make the trip to Charleston as well.

The Blue Eagles will sport a relay team in the 4×200, 4×400 and shuttle hurdle.

For Madonna, Carly Dowiak will have double duty as she will run the 100 and 200. Kennedy Martin (shot put, discus) along with the 4×100 and shuttle hurdle relay teams will represent the Blue Dons.

Tyler Consolidated will have Abi Thompson (1600), Rachal Hashman (100 hurdles), Emily Lancaster (pole vault), Eden Turner (pole vault) and Joralda Rice (long jump). The Silver Knights relay teams will consist of the 4×400 and shuttle hurdle.

Abbe Stackpole will compete in the 100 and 200 for Paden City. The Wildcats will also have relay teams in the 4×100 and 4×200.

Sophie Palmer of Valley will have a busy weekend as she will compete in three events — the 100 hurdles, high jump and long jump.

Hundred’s Katherine Henderson looks to make noise in the high jump and long jump. Emily Metz will also compete in the high jump for the Hornets.

Kelsie Meintel will represent Cameron in the shot put. The Dragons will also compete in the shuttle hurdles.

In Class AAA, Wheeling Park, who has been putting together a strong season will have a solid number of athletes in Charleston.

Beighley Ayers (800, 1600, 3200) will compete for the Patriots along with Abby Snedeker (100, 200), Aubrey Wiethe (300 hurdles), Alex Knight (high jump), Brady Browning (pole vault), Cheyenne Nash (shot put), Khaliah Carter (shot put), Amari Poole (100) and Isabella DiSaia (3200). The Patriots will be well-represented in the relay events as they will have a team for all five (4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800, shuttle hurdle).

For John Marshall, Zara Zervos (400, 800) and Alyssa Ehni (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) will each tackle two events. Kaitlyn Groves (100 hurdles) and Damara Ferguson (high jump) will also represent the Monarchs, along with the 4×100, 4×400 and shuttle hurdle relay teams.

Brooke will take down three athletes in Kiara Stevens (100), Rachel Clayton (high jump) and Yazmin Island (long jump).

Oak Glen and Weir will be well represented in Class AA.

Competing for the Golden Bears are Maggie Kovalcik (100, long jump), Kylee Williams (shot put, discus), Kaylee Travis (discus, shot put), Abigail Myers (400), Emily Ashcraft (shot put), Jillian Williams (800) and Izabella Barganski (300 hurdles). The relay teams are the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and shuttle hurdle.

For Weir, it will be Caroline Fodor (400, 800), Blaire McUmar (200) and Meghan Hawthorne (discus). The relay events for the Red Riders are 4×100, 4×200 and 4×800.

BOYS

On the boys’ side, Weir will look to end a phenomenal season on a high note. The Red Riders have made some noise this season, winning the OVAC Class 5A title and the Class AA Region 1 Invitational.

Sebastian Spencer has qualified in two events in the 100 and 200. The sophomore has the fastest seed time in the 100. Quincy Dameron will run alongside Spencer in both events.

Brandon Clausell had a strong regional performance as he qualified for three individual events in the 110 hurdles, long jump and high jump. Keyshawn Faulks will try to make some noise in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Qualifying in the 400 were Frank Ty Hudacheck and Jake McCoy, while Ben Fedoush will compete in the discus. Cole Girod will run in the 1600.

The Red Riders will also spot a team in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and shuttle hurdle relay events. They have the fastest mark in the 4×200.

Oak Glen also has a handful of qualifiers for Class AA in Kellen Tropeck (shot put, discus); Dakota Holbrook (100); Jaden Glenn (high jump); Gage Patterson (long jump) and Charles Lauritzen (long jump). Tropeck has the longest mark in the discus.

The Golden Bears will feature relay teams in all five events.

Class A has a plethora of local talent traveling to the state capital. Wheeling Central will have Bray Price (100, 200, long jump), Jeremiah Blackmore (high jump, long jump) and Quintin Thomas (800).

Price’s mark in the long jump currently tops the field of 16 competitors.

The Maroon Knights will also have relay teams in the 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800.

Magnolia will send down Brooks Parsons (400, high jump), Jason Beisel (100), Jack Booth and Jordan Ratliff (300 hurdles), Spencer Shepard (800), Pat Mirandy (400), Jakob Barrows and Jared Barrows (shot put, discus) and Jay Eller (shot put). Parsons also has the fastest 400 qualifying mark going into the weekend.

The Blue Eagles have a relay team in the 4×400 (fastest time), 4×100, 4×200, 4×800 and shuttle hurdle.

Madonna’s Donavan Kirby will tackle three individual events (100, shot put, discus) while Angelo Quattrocchi will run in two events (1600, 3200). Kirby’s mark in shot put is No. 1 so far.

Also competing for the Blue Dons are Vince Pulice (200), Chase Smith (400), Jakob McCombs (800) and Todd James (long jump).

In the relay events, the Blue Dons will run the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, and 4×800.

Representing Tyler Consolidated are Mark Rucker (100, long jump), Spencer Corley (1600, high jump), Destry Nelson (400) and Nathan Barker (110 hurdles). The Silver Knights’ relay events will be 4×100, 4×800 and shuttle hurdle.

Dillon Meintel of Cameron qualified for the 110 hurdles. Two relay teams will also compete for the Dragons (4×800, shuttle hurdle). Paden City will also sport a shuttle hurdle team.

In Class AAA Wheeling Park will have Michael Harriman (800, 1600), Justin LeVelle (100), Logan Tucker (400), Ronnie Saunders (3200), Kai Shultz (110 hurdles), Aaron Allen (pole vault), Christian Sorge (pole vault) and Jermain Snodgrass (shot put). Harriman has locked in the fastest seed time in the 800.

The Patriots also have a team in every relay event.

For Brooke, Ethan Secrist will compete in the 200 and 110 hurdles. Matthew Harvey will run the 800 for the Bruins while Ezekiel Farmer will be in the long jump. Brooke will also sport a team in the shuttle hurdles.

Anthony Siler (1600) and Brennen Wright (high jump) will represent John Marshall.

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