A trip to Charleston is in the cards for members of the Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High School boys and girls track teams, after several qualified for the state meet at last weeks Regional meets.
The Silver Knights traveled to Ritchie County on May 10 to compete against seven other Class AA, Region I teams in order to earn the right to go to State.
Three Consolidated athletes came away with Regional crowns at the meet: junior Hunter LeMasters vaulted an even 13-00 to take the pole vault competition, while twin sister Haylea vaulted 8-06 to take the girls' title. Makayla Clegg will defend her gold medal in the high jump last year at state after taking the Regional crown in the event last week with a jump of 5-01.
"I'm very excited for the kids," said girls' head track coach at Tyler Consolidated, J.C. Kimble. "I was optimistic about how we would perform and they went out and surprised me. Everybody competed very well at the Regional, but I know they can do even better at State."
Haylea LeMasters also qualified to compete in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, placing 4th and 3rd in those competitions respectively, and will be part of the Lady Knight shuttle hurdle relay team of Sami Jones, Makayla Clegg and Allison Wable which placed second at Regionals.
Other individual Lady Knights qualifying for the state meet were Kerstyn Cline and Caroline Bantug in the long jump.
Besides the shuttles, the girls 4x200 relay, 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay teams also qualified.
"The shuttle team ran their fastest time ever at the Regionals," the coach said. "We need to cut some time and have a good showing at state."
The girls team representing Oak Glen took the first place Regional team trophy with 156 points, followed by Ritchie County with 82; Point Pleasant, 76; Weir, 71; Tyler Consolidated, 69; Roane County, 58; Magnolia, 24; and Ravenswood, 18.
Lady Knights competing at the Regional, places and times follow:
200 meter: Kerstyn Cline, 4th, 29.27
400 meter: Carly Fletcher, 10th, 1:06.70; Marisa Gogan, 11th, 1:09.03; Brooke Keys, 15th, 1:14.02
800 meter: Haleigh Smith, 6th, 2:41.50
1600 meter: Marisa Gogan, 7th, 6:17.60; Brooke Keys, 10th, 6:51.22; Kelly Rice, 12th, 6:53.86
3200 meter: Kelly Rice, 8th, 14:55.49; Aubrey Henderson, 9th, 16:22.78
100 meter hurdles: Haylea LeMasters, 4th, 17.24
300 meter hurdles: Haylea LeMasters, 3rd, 51.84; Allison Wable, 5th, 52.62; Kaylee Hartsfield, 8th, 54.95
4x100 relay: Tyler, 6th, 56.73 (Fletcher, Jones, K.Cline, Yonaley)
4x200 relay: Tyler, 4th, 1:56.43 (K.Cline, T.Cline, Fletcher, Wable)
4x400 relay: Tyler, 4th, 4:37.07 (Fletcher, Gogan, Wable, Suter)
4x800 relay: Tyler, 6th, 11:09.07 (Bantug, Smith, Gogan, Daughety)
Shuttles: Tyler, 2nd, 1:08.99 (Jones, Clegg, LeMasters, Wable)
High jump: Makayla Clegg, 1st, 5-01; Bridget Matthews, 7th, 4-04
Pole vault: Haylea LeMasters, 1st, 8-06
Long jump: Kerstyn Cline, 2nd, 15-08.50; Caroline Bantug, 3rd, 14-10.25; Courtney Daughety, 8th, 14-00
Shot put: Stephanie Kelley, 12th, 25-04; Sydney Yoho, 14th, 23-07.50; Bridget Matthews, 16th, 21-07.50
Discus: Megan Schlabowski, 7th, 80-01; Logann Long, 14th, 57-09; Bridget Matthews, 15th, 56-09
Junior Hunter LeMasters paced the Silver Knight boys team with a first place Regional finish in the pole vault competition, as well as a fourth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles to qualify twice as an individual for the state meet. He will also compete with the shuttle hurdle team of Johan Aasland, Christian Ice, and Jeremy Smith who placed second overall at Regionals.
"We qualified nine for the state meet, which is not going to give us enough to cover all 18 events, but we plan on making some noise while we're there," said boys head coach, Eric McKeever.
"Hunter LeMasters has hopes to reach 14 feet on the pole vault, with his best this year being 13-06. He also qualified for the high hurdles and will also be part of the shuttle hurdle relay team that is the 3rd best in the state, heading into the weekend."
"Slade Dillon will be competing for top places in the state in both the shot put and discus events where he has a pretty good chance in placing. He has really been throwing well this season and has improved his form and distance since the beginning of the season."
"Alex Doak has proven to be one of the fastest sprinters in our class in the state, and he will be competing in the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes with the 200 being his strong hold. He's only been beat twice this season in this race and looks to be among one of the top finishers in the 100 as well. With these two races, it really comes down to how well he comes out of the blocks."
Also qualifying at the Regionals for the Knight boys team are: Dylan Romine in the high jump and Johan Aasland in the 300 meter hurdles.
The 4x800 team of Jeremy Smith, Dylan Reynolds, Dylan Romine and Ryan Dalrymple also qualified for state competition.
The Ritchie County boys team took first place at the Regional with 121 overall points; Magnolia placed second with 116; Point Pleasant, 115; Tyler Consolidated, 69; Roane County, 56; Oak Glen, 50; Weir, 16; and Ravenswood, 12.
Knights competing at the Regional, places and times follow:
100 meter: Alex Doak, 2nd, 11.59
200 meter: Alex Doak, 3rd, 23.15
400 meter: Alex Doak, 5th, 52.95
800 meter: Dylan Romine, 9th, 2:18.00 Mario Mantecon, 18th, 2:41.08
1600 meter: Dylan Reynolds, 5th, 5:00.51; Ryan Dalrymple, 10th, 5:25.91
3200 meter: Dylan Reynolds, 4th, 10:58.82; Ryan Dalrymple, 6th, 11:25.91
110 meter hurdles: Hunter LeMasters, 4th, 17.50; Jeremy Smith, 7th, 22.45
300 meter hurdles: Johan Aasland, 3rd, 43.11
4x800 relay: Tyler, 5th, 9:05.26 (Dalrymple, Reynolds, Romine, Smith)
Shuttles: Tyler, 2nd, 1:03.51 (Aasland, Ice, Smith, LeMasters)
High jump: Dylan Romine, TC, 3rd, 5-08
Pole vault: Hunter LeMasters, 1st, 13-00
Long jump: Jay Early, 13th, 14-10.00
Shot put: Slade Dillon, 2nd, 44-01.00; Drew Casey, 7th, 37-01; Ryley Warner, 15th, 28-11.50;
Discus: Slade Dillon, 5th, 123-05; Drew Casey, 8th, 103-08
For the first time in a long time, the Region I, Class A, Regional meet was not held north of Paden City, instead, Ritchie County's Rebel field was the site of the competition with the Wildcats and eight other teams.
Senior Taylor Parsons and freshman Kennedy Cain highlighted the Wildcats performances with each of them qualifying in two individual events. Parsons placed third in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and Cain took third in the high jump and the 400 meter run.
Parsons also qualified with Lynnsie Parsons, Josie Fox, and Logan Cosper, finishing second in the shuttle hurdles and in the 4x200 relay along with Cosper, Hailey Hizer, and Fox, securing a fourth place finish.
Cain also qualified in the 4x200 relay, earning a fifth place finish with Kane Pyles, Brandon Cross and James Baker.
Senior Keith Hardbarger also qualified for state competition in the boys shot put event, placing sixth overall.
"We were very pleased with how the kids competed at the Regional," said girls' head coach, Jay Salva. "I believe they'll do well at the state meet, and may even cut some time off their performances."
"If Taylor runs like she can, she should easily place in the top five in both of her individual events."
Wildcats competing at the Regional, places and times follow:
800 meter: Kayla Hizer, 9th, 2:59.04; Mallory Estel, 12th, 3:06.87
1600 meter: Mallory Estel, 10th, 7:01.08
100 meter hurdles: Taylor Parsons, 3rd, 17.00
300 meter hurdles: Taylor Parsons, 3rd, 50.41
4x100 relay: Paden City, 6th, 58.14 (K.Hizer, L.Parsons, Fox, Cosper)
4x200 relay: Paden City, 4th, 1.59.48 (L.Cosper, H.Hizer, Fox, T.Parsons)
Shuttles: Paden City, 2nd, 1:13.22 (L.Parsons, Fox, Cosper, T.Parsons)
Long jump: Logan Cosper, 8th, 14-01.75
Shot put: Ciera Yoho, 15th, 20-09; Sadie Helmich, 17th, 18-11; Mallory Estel, 17th, 18-11
Discus: Sadie Helmich, 11th, 63-01; Ciera Yoho, 17th, 44-00
200 meter: James Baker,6th, 25.61; Kane Pyles, 7th, 25.89
400 meter: Kennedy Cain, 3rd, 54.84;Dean Frye, 12th, 1:03.09; Zach Estel, 14th, 1:06.80
800 meter: Dean Frye, 9th, 2:29.56
300 meter hurdles: Dean Frye, 7th, 50.33; Zach Estel, 11th, 57.81
4x100 relay: Paden City, 5th, 51.00 (Pyles, Cross, Quinn, Baker)
4x200 relay: Paden City, 5th, 1:41.10 (Pyles, Cain, Cross, Baker)
4x400 relay: Paden City, 7th, 4:00.44 (Cain, Pyles, Cross, Baker)
High jump: Kennedy Cain, 3rd, 5-0
Long jump: Michael Lanham, 12th, 12-02.50
Shot put: Keith Hardbarger, 6th, 38-08.50; Denton Thomas, 15th, 25-09.50
Discus: Keith Hardbarger, 7th, 97-05; Denton Thomas, 12th, 62-11
At the completition of the Regional, Doddridge County came away with the girls overall team win with 181points. Trinity Christian placed second with 73; Clay Battelle, 61, Wheeling Central, 58; Madonna, 48; Bishop Donahue, 43; Cameron, 33; Valley, 27 and Paden City, 25
The Doddridge County boys team also placed first in the Class A competition with 231 overall points. Clay Battelle scored 99 points for second; Bishop Donahue, 71; Valley, 61; Madonna, 27; Paden City, 18; Wheeling Central, 16; Trinity Christian, 12; and Cameron totaled eight.
Qualifiers from both the Knight and Wildcat teams will travel to Charleston on May 18-19 to take part in the WV State High School Track and Field Championships at Laidley Field.