Paden City Scores Well at State Track Meet
CHARLESTON – Paden City took only seven boys to the state track championships this past weekend, but the Wildcats made their presence felt as they finished 14th among 22 teams and put 15 points in the books.
Pacing the way for the Wildcats was Deven Price, who scored in three events and grabbed three medals. School record holder Zach Yeater scored six points and earned a medal in his signature event, the long jump.
Yeater, who had the longest jump this year in the state in all three classes when he went 21-7.25-inches at the regionals, looked to be the favorite as the top seed. However, Class A was loaded this year with top talent as several jumpers were back, including last year’s runner-up. Yeater got of a good jump at 20-feet 11-inches, but Tucker Cain of Valley leaped 21-feet 8.75-inches to take the top spot and come away as a three event winner, having won the pole vault and high jump as well.
Yeater looked to have the second spot wrapped up, but the official ruled a quarter of an inch advantage to Tavon Jeter of Madonna, sending Yeater home with third place and six points for the Wildcats’ count. Yeater is Paden City’s record holder in the event with his 21-7 jump bettering his father’s 27 -year -old record.
Price showed his stuff as he helped anchor the Wildcats’ shuttle hurdle team to a third-place finish coming in mere fractions of a second behind second-place Williamstown. The Wildcat team of Jacob Pierce, Cade Myers, Logan Carroll and Price finished with around 1 minute to gather six for points to the Wildcats’ total. Magnolia finished fifth in the event and Tyler Consolidated came in sixth.
Price also got two points and a metal for his fifth-place finish in the open 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.14 seconds. In the 100-meter hurdles, he opened up near the end to edge into sixth place with a 16.33 second run to grab another metal, his third of the day.
Price recently signed at Glenville State to continue his track career next year.
The Wildcats ran in one more event that day as the team of Pierce, Yeater, Seth Booher and Wesley Smith took their spot in the 4×200-meter relay and finished 10th overall with a respectable time of around 1:39 minutes.
“I am excited to have had the opportunity to compete for Paden City all four years in track. To come to Charleston and get these medals for the second year in a row is an awesome feeling. I want to thank all my coaches for their help and support. It’s something I’ll never forget,” Price said.