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Thinclads making name for themselves in state

By Staff | May 6, 2009

The regional championships for track and field are just over a week away and the area schools should be well represented at the state track championships the following. Tyler Consolidated’s boys team has been putting up some impressive times and distances, especially between Nate Taylor and Cullen Grover, while the Paden City girls’ relay teams are some of the faster times in Class A.

Going by the power rankings listed on runwv.com, the Silver Knights boys’ thinclads are ranked fourth in the state behind Oak Glen, Keyser, and Ravenswood. Both the Golden Bears and Red Devils are in the same region as Tyler Consolidated.

In the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes, Nate Taylor’s name can be found amongst the best in the state. In the 100 meter event, he is tied for the seventh best time in the state at 11.38, just .04 from being tied for fourth in the state. His best times in the 200 and 400 are good for third best in the state so far this season.

Cullen Grover is looking to do well after running the second fastest times in the state this season in the 110 and 300 high hurdles at 15.48 and 41.3 respectively. He can also be found on some of the relay teams for the Silver Knights that are also in the top 10 of various events.

Another Silver Knight continuing to raise the bar is Jordan Smith, whose pole vault of 11 feet is tied for second-best this year in the state.

For the Lady Wildcats, Amanda Sellers has been scoring points all season in the 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles and long jump. Like Grover, she has posted the second fastest times this season in each of the hurdling events.

Alli Bertozzi, Amanda Tallman, and Shauna Durant are also some of the leaders on the Paden City track squad. Bertozzi runs the 100 meter dash, Tallman is right behind Sellers in the 100 meter hurdles, while Durant has done well in the field with the discus.

The Lady Silver Knights have been paced this year by Tiffany Lohri, Rheanna Foley, Jackie Clark, and their relay teams.

Foley has the seventh best time in the 400 meter dash and Clark has the second best height in the pole vault. Lohri has the sixth best time in the 300 meter hurdles and ninth-best distance in the long jump.

The Lady Knights relay teams are also amongst the best in the state with top 10 times in the 4×100, 4×200, and shuttle hurdles.

For the Paden City boys, Taylor Still and Josh Bennett are hopefulls to qualify at regionals. Still has ran a top 10 time in the 200 meter dash and jumped the ninth-best height in high jump. Bennett is looking to head to Charleston after running one of the faster times in the 300 meter hurdles.