Spencer dominates Class AA

FASTEST AGAIN — Weir High’s Sebastian Spencer competes during Saturday’s West Virginia track and field championships in Charleston. (Photo by Kyle Lutz)

CHARLESTON — Four races. Four victories. Weir’s Sebastian Spencer set the tone in the sprinting events in Class AA Saturday during the West Virginia state track meet at Laidley Field . The junior speedster followed up his record preliminary performance in the 100 on Friday with another record-setting day.

Clocking in at 10.60, not only did he claim the gold medal, he broke the previous record that was set by his older brother, Donavan in 2017.

“It feels amazing,” Spencer said about his performances. “Last year, I got three (gold medals). Last year, I was really disappointed in losing the 100, but that hasn’t left my mind. I was just carrying it. You’re not losing it. You’re not losing any race and to come in and dominate (Saturday) and win all four gold medals.”

Spencer also repeated as champion in the 200, tying the record with a time of 21.61.

However, the highlight of the day very well could have been the ending to the 4×100. Spencer, who is the anchor of the team with Andrew LeMasters, Quincy Dameron and Jake McCoy took the baton in seventh place. And the rest was history. Outrunning the pact, Spencer made his way to the front and crossed the finish line first to take home the gold clocking in at 43.89.

“These are my teammates, but they’re really my brothers,” Spencer said. “We’re like blood, hanging out all the time. To be able to win these relays, get these gold medals and to see all my teammates on the podium with the gold medals is amazing.”

Spencer was also the last leg in the 4×200 (Damern, McCoy and Gage Reitter) and outkicked a pair of opponents as well in the final stretch crossing the finish line in a time of 1:30.43.

It was also quite the day for Oak Glen’s Kellen Tropeck. The reigning Class AA champion in discus was able to reach the top of the podium again as he defended his title in his respective event. With a throw of 158-feet-03, the senior captured the gold medal.

“I guess it’s a motivator for some people, but I consider myself my biggest competition,” Tropeck said on the pressure of having a target on his back.

That wasn’t his first gold medal of the day, though. The Golden Bear senior also captured first place in the shot put with a haul of 53-07.50.

“It’s pretty special,” Tropeck said about being a double winner. “I think it’s the only the third shot put title our school has. But I’m glad that have them both.”

Weir’s Quincy Dameron also found his way to the podium as he finished fourth in the 100 (11.40) and third in the 200 (22.34).

Oak Glen got fifth in the 4×400. Gage Patterson, Matthew Wright, Nathan Atkinson and Seth Mozingo clocked in at 3:33.30.

On the girls side, Oak Glen’s Abigail Myers placed fifth in the 400 (1:01.57).

Myers was also on the Golden Bears’ 4×200 relay team that consisted of Chloe Molish, Gracie Wright and Maggie Kovalcik. They time in at 1:49.21. The tandem also placed fifth in the 4×400 (4:11.37).

In the 4×200, Weir (Sarah Hudachek, Mackenzie Hollaway, Nevaeh Colliers and Blaire McUmar) got sixth (1:49.89).

In the 4×100, Weir got third and Oak Glen sixth.

For the Red Riders, Taryn Davis, Hudachek , Colliers and McUmar crossed the line in 51.51. For the Golden Bears, Izabelle Barganski, Molish, Myers and Kovalcik timed in at 52.06.

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