Silver Knights’ Girls Excel at State
CHARLESTON – Tyler Consolidated’s girls’ track team didn’t bring home the gold, but it didn’t disappoint during ita time at Laidley Field.
The girls’ highly touted 4×100-meter relay team – Macy Long, Ariel Fish, Katelyn Gogan and Sydney Glover – got a good jump on the field, but fell back and with a close finish, ended up in third place to claim the bronze medal. After winning the gold last year with a near record time, the girls knew the competition had its sights set on the Lady Knights.
Going into the event, they had the state’s best time of the year and were seeded second behind Wheeling Central, who beat them in the regionals for the top seed. In a race that was neck-to-neck from start to finish, the Knights were edged out by mere fractions of an inch from the top two teams. The third place finish would, however, be the top points event awarded for the two-day event with the girls adding six points to their 10 point total.
“We knew it was going to be a tough race, winning back-to-back titles is always tough. We are a little disappointed, but anytime you can get to Charleston and get in the top three, it is a great accomplishment,” the girls said.
Gogan, who ran the third leg in the relay, also added points for the team when she came in fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 16.05 seconds. She missed second/third places by less than a faction of a second. She finished 9th in the open 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.05 seconds.
The Knights also got a fine performance from freshman Emily Lancaster, who finished seventh in the pole vault and was just one spot out from a spot at the awards’ podium.
Glover not only ran in the 4×100-meter relay, but she also was a qualifier in the open 100-meter dash. She finished 12th overall with a time of 14.25 in a tough preliminary heat, but did not qualify for the final round.
The 4×200-meter relay team of Long, Brooklyn Pittman, Shayla Griffey and Lancaster got a 12th place finish with a time of 2:04 minutes.
Tessa Boyd just missed placing in the discus as she had a heave of 97-feet, 5-inches to nail down the seventh spot.
The Knights got a 15th place finish from their 4×800-meter team of Long, Asia Keller, Devann McCoy and Jahnvi Duncan. The squad made up of all underclassman finished with an 11:51 minutes after qualifying at 11:24 minutes.
With only 11 girls qualifying for the state, the odds were stacked against them but they let the rest of the state know they can still run in Tyler County.
“It has been exciting to watch these girls run and the 4×100 team is as good as any around,”Coach J.C. Kimble said. “We are going to miss our seniors. Glover, Gogan and Fish will be hard to replace, but we will move on and others will fill the spots.”
Paden City Places in the Shuttles
The Wildcats sent only five girls down to Charleston to the state track meet, but they still managed to come home with some hardware. With the new classifications and the bigger Class A schools, it is getting harder and harder to land a spot in the meet. The Wildcats, however, qualified five at the regional when the girls shuttle team earned a berth and their veteran shot putter also made the grade. Kallie Arnett, who is on the shuttle team, also qualified in the long jump.
The Wildcats turned in a good performance while running against the 15 best shuttle teams in the state. Going into the event the team – Kallie Arnett, Chelsea Baker, Abigail Still and Jenna Arnett – were seeded eighth with a regional time of 1:11 minutes, but came on strong and ended two spots higher to claim a sixth place finish.
Cydney Blatt, who has been throwing the past four years, was an eight seed going in and had a regional heave of 31-feet, 11.25 inches, but finished in the 11th spot after tossing 28-feet, 3.25 inches for her best throw of the day.
Soaring forward in the long jump for the Wildcats, K. Arnett ended in the ninth position with a leap of 14-feet, 4.75-inches and had a qualifying jump of about 15-feet at the regionals.
“We are very proud of our girls. Anytime you go up against the best of the best and come out with a medal, you know something good has been accomplished,” Paden City Principal Jay Salva said.