Lady Blue Eagles Win Regional Track Championships
ST. MARYS – The Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles flexed their muscle early and often en route to claiming the title with 124 points, beating out Wheeling Cental by 17 points in the girls’ WVSSAC Region 1, Class A Region I Track Championships,
Tyler Consolidated finished sixth with 40 points, while Valley ended seventh with 26 points. Paden City settled for ninth place with 14 points, while Hundred ended up in 11th place with four points in a 12-team regional championship on May 12 at St. Marys High School.
The Lady Silver Knights’ Katelyn Gogan finished third in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles qualifying for the state track championships. She also helped her team of Macy Long, Ariel Fish and Sydney Glover finish second in the 4×100 meter relay.
In addition, the Knights 4×200 and the 4×800 meter relay team also qualified, along with Emily Lancaster in the pole vault and Tessa Boyd in the discus. Sydney Glover also qualified for the state championships in the 100-meter dash, placing sixth.
Blue Eagle junior high-jumper Bailey Estep set the tone for the Blue Eagles, winning the long jump (16-5.25) and high jump (5-2). On the track, it was more of the same for the Lady Eagles. They extended their lead thanks to a victory in the 4×8 with the team of Breanna Barbera, Rachel Arbogast, Jordan Delaney and Bri Ritz running eight laps in 10:59.31.
Ritz posted the first individual win for the Blue Eagles in the 800-meter run in 2:25.36, while she finished second in the 400-meter dash. Junior teammate Jordan Delaney won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:59.68 and second in the 1,600-meter run.
The Magnolia girls team qualified for state in the 4×200, 4×400 and the shuttles, as well as Anna Zills (4th) in the shot put, Breanna Barbera (3rd) in the 3,200-meter run, Mandi Theodoro (2nd) in the pole vault, Alayna Cline (4th) in the high jump, and Kristen Massey finished fourth in the 300-eter hurdles.
The Valley Lumberjills’ Rachel Baker and Sophie Palmer finished second and third, respectively, in the high jump, while the Lumberjills foursome of Rebecca Gill, Rachel Baker, Sophie Palmer and Erin Brown placed second in the shuttles. Brown also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in fourth place, while Valley’s 4×100 meter relay team placed fifth and qualified for the state meet.
The Hornets Katherine Henderson had a productive first regional track championship, placing fourthin the high-jump at 4-10, while helping her 4×200 meter relay team of Emily Metz, Ashley Miller and Meliah Umstead also qualify for the state championships.