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Silver Knights On Pace to Track Success

By Staff | Apr 27, 2016

The Silver Knights show promise midway through track season.

“We feel the team has continued to improve throughout the season,” said Jill LeMasters, head boys track coach. “This group of boys we have made great strides from the past two years. As freshmen, these boys watched the other teams and would say, ‘They are so good!’ It is finally their time through growth, practice and determination to make a statement. The team works hard together to give each other the push needed to meet team and personal goals.”

Last week, the boys’ team dominated the field at the April 19 WTT League meet by defeating River, Paden City, Cameron and Magnolia. Really, the boys team score – 133 points – was nearly double what their closest competitor, River, scored at 75 points. A big win can spur motivation to pick up the pace at races ahead.

“The boys’ motivation is knowing who they are going to compete with each week,” LeMasters said. “They check other teams times and use this as motivation during practice. They need the competition from bigger teams to push themselves and their capability. The team has good characteristics to continue to be a strong competitive team.”

The girls’ team defeated Paden City and Cameron at the meet, but fell to third place behind Magnolia and then River.

LeMasters said the girls’ 4×100-meter team is progressing despite temporary setbacks. The team Macy Long, Katelyn Gogan, Shayla Griffey, Sydney Glover took first place honors last with a time of 55.5 seconds.

“The Lady Knights continue to fight through injuries,” LeMasters said. “These injuries have really been hard on the upper classmen. Our 4×100 team has had many replacements but the girls are keeping a positive attitude, working together to make times and hand offs smooth.”

The benchmark of the boys distance team is to break the 5-minute barrier in the mile. Notable distance stars so far during the season include Gavin Corley, who placed first overall in the Boggs 5K on Sunday, and Daron Weekley, who ran 5:35 minutes at last week’s meet.

“Our distance team set goals within themselves to lower their times,” LeMasters said. “The 5-minute mile is very close with a few of our runners. It is a goal they want to achieve. They train hard through the week and even on the weekends with extra runs and individual practices.”

Silver Knights’ sprinters too are pacing forward with success. Trent Shepherd (100-meter) and Tyler Anderson (200-meter) have been posting some respectable results.

“Our speed with Trent Shepherd and Tyler Anderson – they are getting close to meeting their individual goals,” LeMasters said. “They continue to practice coming out of the blocks, keeping their drive phase throughout the race and finishing strong with good form. Both boys are strong runners. Trent’s goal is to break the 100-meter school record. I feel confident this will happen if not this year, then it will be his senior year. Anderson’s goal is to break the 200-meter record. He has already broken the long jump record and continues to work on furthering those jumps. He also could break the 200 record next year, his senior year.”

For more track results, see runwv.com