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Knights Track Team Making Noise at WTTL

April 19, 2017
BY ED PARSONS - Staff Writer (eparsons@tylerstarnews.com) , Tyler Star News

The Silver Knights track team is a force to be reckoned with. They not only have speed and distance, they also have depth. At the recent Wetzel-Tyler Track League meet they were well on their way to a victory when Lightning and rain cut it short.

The Knights Tyler Anderson took first place in the 400 meter run with a time of 53.5 and Gavin Corley turned in the second best time in the 3200 meter run an event he doesn't normally run. He ran an 11:38.0 just seconds behind Cameron's star runner.

Anderson then got second in the long jump with a 17-03.00 which was well below his norm as he had to give up his final jumps to get to the 400 in time.

Jarrett Lemasters won the pole vault with another outstanding leap of 13-6 and Nick Gorby took top honors in the high jump.

Knights show up big at Ritchie County Invitational

On Friday the team made it's way to the Ritchie County Invitational where they again showed their strength finishing second among the 10 teams, which included Oak Glen, Marietta, Robert C. Bryd, East Fairmont, St. Mary's. Williamstown, Doddridge County, Ritchie County and Gilmer County. The Knights ended the meet with 88 points second only to Williamstown who scored nine points more with 32 coming in the field events where the Knights only put up 24.

The Knights have by far the best pole vaulter in the valley if not the state in all three classes in Jarrett Lemasters. He has twice hit the 14-0 mark this year and is working hard to for improve even more.. Right behind him is Levi Morgan who has been flirting with 12-0. High Jumper Mark Rucker only a freshman is becoming a better high jumper and is getting close to 6-0. His jump of 5-10 was good for third place adding points to the Knights field events.

Tyler Anderson has the makings of a state champion in the long jump and came in second at the meet with a 19-07.00 behind East Fairmont. Anderson has been over the 20-0 mark several times and good easily hit the 21-0 with a good leap. His jump gave the Knights eight needed points. Rucker also has the potential to score in the long jump as does Lemasters and Gorby.

The Knights 4x110 meter shuttle team is improving with each meet and the tough competition is making them understand how much hard work and practice pays off. They finished with a fourth place time of 1:03.34 good for four Knights points. They were less than a seond from the first place team in a mirror finish for the top four teams. The team consists of Barker, Cameron Ramsey, Lemasters and Hunter Wells.

If running in an all Class A meet the Silver Knights 4x800 team would have been in the money as they finished seventh behind Williamstown. Marietta and East Fairmont took the first two spots. The Knights team is made up of Gavin Corley, Dan Miller , Trey Keys and Brandon Wise.

The Knights 4x200 team got revenge from an early season loss to Williamstown and gained the first place spot with a 1:35.26. Rucker, Shepherd, Ramsey and Anderson gave the Knights 10 points with the win. Williamstown was right behind with a 1;35.30. The Silver Knights need to go all out to keep the lead in this race.

The big win on the night for Tyler Consolidated was their 4x100 meter relay time of 44.74 nearly two seconds ahead off Williamstown. The Knights are the defending state champions in this event and it looks like they have what it takes to repeat. Lemasters, Shepherd, Rucker and Anderson may be the fastest in the state. Hard work on hand offs and timing as well as off season training has made this group special. Right now they have the mark on their backs but they seem to thrive with better competition.

Without the bigger schools the Knights would have had points in the 300 meter run as the big schools grabbed five of the top six spots. Hunter Wells (46.00) and Nathan Barker (46.62), would have been in the fifth and sixth place spots.

Barker finally hit the 16 second mark with a fourth place (16.78) finish in the 110 meter hurdles. This was a personal best for him and he looks like he will step that up as his form is getting better with each outing. Barker is just a sophomore. He was listed in the Run WV stats for his previous best season time and will surely move up with this effort. He added much needed points to the Knights total with the run.

Gavin Corley is picking up the pace in the 800 and 1600 meter runs and should be able to make it to Charleston and hopefully add some points to the Knights run for a title. Corley is a hard worker who gives it his all and is determined to improve with each outing.

Anderson (Tyler) came in big in the 400 meter dash with a 52.55 good for third place and six Knights points. Anderson can compete with the best in the 100, 200, 400, and is the anchor in the relays.

Trent Shepherd blitzed the field in the 100 meter dash with an 11.14 setting a meet record for his third in the past week. Heand then turned the trick in the 200 meter with a 22.70 and another meet record. His times are right up there with the states best and he's getting better with each outing. So far he is undefeated this year in the 100. His effort gave the Silver Knights 20 points for the night.

 
 
 

 

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