Regular season comes to end
As the season for all Spring sports dwindles down to the last few games, the track programs at the local high schools are no different. Both Tyler Consolidated and Paden City track teams have completed their regular season meets and are gearing up for Regionals which will be ran later this week.
The Tyler Consolidated High School Silver Knight boys and girls track teams took part in the LKC Championship Track Meet on May 7 at Doddridge County, fine tuning their performances in readiness for this weeks Regional meet.
In the boys division, the Silver Knights placed fourth overall with 87 points. Ritchie County took the championship with 117 points. St. Marys placed second with 105, followed by Williamstown, 95; Tyler, 87; Doddridge County, 48; Braxton, 35; Roane County, 21; Gilmer County, 19; Ravenswood, 9; Wirt County, 9; South Harrison, 6; and Calhoun County, 6.
Two Silver Knight athletes were named to the LKC All-Conference team at the meet, seniors Nate Taylor and Aaron Estep.
“Overall, we were pleased with our results at the meet,” said Knight boys head coach, Joe Semple. “We just don’t have the depth to run as many kids in as many events that we would like to, so, for what we do have, we’re very pleased with the results.”
Nate Taylor continued setting the pace at the short distances for the Silver, winning both the 100 and 200 meter dashes in 11.19 and 11.76, and taking second place in the 400 with a time of 51.66.
Aaron Estep also brought home a first place in the 3200 meter run event, finishing in 10:31.08 as well as the 1600 with a time of 4:44.11. Estep took third place in the 800 meter run in 2:08.63.
Alex Doak placed fourth in the 100 in 11.76; and fourth in the 200 in 24.16. Calvin McCune placed 11th in the 400 in 57.35.
Freshman Hunter LeMasters placed third in the boys pole vault event with a height of 12-00. In the discus throw, senior James Jones led the Knight contention with a throw of 125-11 to gain a fourth place finish, followed by Dillon Slade in 8th, 111-11 and Drew Casey with a throw of 95-02.
Three Knights placed in the 300 meter hurdles: Isaac Grahm in fifth with a time of 44.03; Alex Jones, seventh, 44.34; and Jeremy Smith, ninth, 44.64.
Consolidated’s Shuttle relay team of Isaac Graham, Alex Jones, Jeremy Smith and Jordan Smith performed very well at the meet, taking second place with a time of 1:01.37.
The 4×200 team (Doak, Fletcher, Graham and Semple) finished in third place in 1:37.94; the 4×800 team (Frey, McCune, Sole, and Smith) took eighth in 9:48.94; and the 4×400 team of Frey, McCune, Sole and LeMasters placed ninth overall in 4:01.07.
The Lady Knight girls team placed fifth overall in the team competition with 69 points. The team from St. Marys took first place overall with a score of 130 points. Ritchie County placed second with 122, followed by Williamstown with 93.50; Doddridge county, 70; Tyler, 69; Wirt County, 22; Gilmer County, 21; Roane County, 16; Braxton, 10.50 and Ravenswood, 3.
The Lady Knight shuttle hurdle team, Hayley Acree, Makayla Clegg, Tiffany Lohri and Haylea LeMasters, took first place at the meet with a time of 1:09.41.
The 4×100 relay team (Acree, Lohri, Maddie Schlabowski and Jackie Clark) also placed first with a time of 54.33.
Individually, Makayla Clegg placed second in the high jump event with a jump of 4-10, Alison Clegg placed 13th, 4-06.
Junior Jackie Clark took third in the girls pole vault with a vault of 8-06. Team mate Haylea LeMasters placed fifth, 8-00.
LeMasters also took third in the girls 300 meter hurdles in 51.06 and Acree placed fifth in 53.45.
Junior Lynsey Casteel placed third in the shot put with a distance of 31-06.50; Carlee Morris, sixth, 28-09; and Sierra Eddy finished twelfth with 26-09.
Allison Wable placed fourth in the 1600 in 5:55.02, and eighth in the 800 meter in 2:43.48. Cortney Daughtery placed eleventh in the 800 in 2:55.62 and Whitney Williams, twelfth, 2:58.74.
In the girls long jump, Lady Knight senior Tiffany Lohri took fourth place with a jump of 14-06.00; Schlabowski, eighth, 13-01; and Daugherty, eleventh, 12-09.
Morris placed ninth in the discus throw with a distance of 82-02; Schlabowski, eleventh, 80-05; and Casteel, 14th, 73-06.
Sophomore Brooke Clegg finished 12th in the 3200 in 15:15.72, followed by Emily Wells, 16th, 18:00.53; and 17th Ashley Pfol, 19:08.80.
The 4×200 relay team (Clark, LeMasters, Clegg A. and Clegg M.) placed fourth overall in 1:55.25; the 4×400 team (Acree, Clark, Clegg A. and Wable) took fourth in 4:33.51; and the 4×800 team (Daugherty, Williams, McCoy and Long) placed fourth in 11:40.05.
“We competed very well at this meet against some really tough teams,” said Lady Knight head coach J.C. Kimble. “Our relays are performing very well here at the end of the season. We’re looking to send the majority of our relays and several individuals to state next week, as long as we do well at the Regionals.”
The Knight track team will compete at the Region I track championships at Ritchie County on Thursday. The team will be competing against Magnolia, Ritchie County, Weir, Oak Glen, Point Pleasant, Ravenswood and Roane County.
In the running events, the top three finishers in each event will qualify to participate at the State Track Meet in Charleston, plus the next four lowest times in the state.
Last week the Paden City High School boys and girls track teams participated in the OVAC track Championships, with the finals held at Shadyside on Saturday.
The Paden City Lady Wildcats placed 26th of the 40 schools participating at the huge meet with 17.5 points. The St. Clairsville girls team took the overall win with 126 points, followed by Wheeling Park with 106, John Marshall with 83 and Steubenville Central with 72.
In the boys division, the Wildcats placed 24th overall with 20.5 points of the 41 teams participating. Steubenville Central took the overall win in the boys division with 97 points followed by Wheeling Park with 83.5, Linsly, 70 and Magnolia with 68.2.
Paden City placed several athletes at the meet, including:
Amanda Sellers in the 100 meter hurdles, who took second with a time of 16.39; and sixth in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 52.81.
The girls shuttle hurdle team placed second in section three at the meet with a time of 1:14.27; and the girls 4×100 relay team finished fourth in 55.38.
The boys 4×100 relay team placed fourth in 47.51.
Sophomore Taylor Still took fifth in the 100 meter dash in 11.81 and placed eighth in the 200 meter dash in 25.02; and Isaac Anderson placed sixth in the 400 meter in 57.19.
Senior Josh Bennett finished eighth in the 300 hurdle event with a time of 49.61.
The girls 4×400 relay placed seventh in 5:10.33; and the 4×800 team placed 15th in Section 1 with a time of 12:06.81.
The Wildcat track teams will participate in the Region I Class A track championships on Wednesday at Wheeling Park High School. Teams participating at the Regional will be Madonna, Wheeling Central, Bishop Donahue, Paden City, Valley, Clay-Battelle, Cameron, and Doddridge County.