Track teams look towards Regionals
Knight Stadium at Tyler Consolidated High School was the site of the Little Kanawha Conference Track and Field Meet on May 4 with 10 girls teams and 12 boys teams participating. The competition was fierce as the Williamstown Lady Jackets took the team win with 175 points. St. Marys placed second overall with 105, followed by Doddridge, 100; Ritchie County, 55; Roane County, 47; Tyler Consolidated, 29; Ravenswood, 17, Gilmer County, 12; Braxton, 12; and Wirt County, five points.
The Doddridge County Bulldog took the boys’ team championship with 124 points. Ritchie County placed second with 97, followed in third place by St. Marys, with 84, and then Williamstown, 83; Roane County, 49; Tyler Consolidated, 42; Braxton, 40; Gilmer County, 17; Wirt, 11; Ravenswood, four; Calhoun, four; and South Harrison, scoring two.
Knight athletes Alex Doak and Haylea LeMasters made the all conference team.
Followingare the final results of all Tyler Consolidated athletes participating at the LKC.
400 meter: Carly Fletcher, 11th, 1:07.24; Marisa Gogan, 12th, 1:08.58; Brooke Keys, 16th, 1:10.42
800 meter: Haleigh Smith, 10th, 2:43.11; Caroline Bantug, 23rd, 2:58.44
1600 meter: Gogan, 15th, 6:24.71; Keys, 16th, 6:27.04
3200 meter: Kelly Rice, 16th, 15:10.67; Aubrey Henderson, 17th, 16:03.70 (Maggie Drazba of St. Marys set new meet record with a time of 10:27.42)
100 meter hurdles: Haylea LeMasters, 4th, 16.95
300 meter hurdles: LeMasters, 4th, 50.68; Allison Wable, 6th, 52.08
4×100 relay: Tyler, 7th, 57.08 (Cline, Suter, Yonaley, Fletcher)
4×200 relay: Tyler, 5th, 1:58.59 (Cline, Fletcher, Suter, Wable)
4×400 relay: Tyler, 5th, 4:41.34 (Suter, Wable, Fletcher, Gogan)
4×800 relay: Tyler, 6th, 11:01.99 (Bantug, Smith, Daughety, Gogan)
Shuttles: Tyler, 3rd, 1:09.81 (Clegg, Jones, LeMasters, Wable)
High jump: Makayla Clegg, 5th, 4-08
Pole vault: LeMasters, 3rd, 8-00
Long jump: Courtney Daughety, 6th, 14-06.25; Caroline Bantug, 9th, 1-08.75; Clegg, 10th, 13-05.25
Shot put: Stephanie Kelley, 17th, 25-02; Bridget Matthews, 20th, 23-01.50; Sydney Yoho, 25th, 21-10
Discus: Matthews, 13th, 77-01; Megan Schlabowski, 14th, 72-03; Logann Long, 17th, 66-11
100 meter: Alex Doak, 3rd, 11.67
200 meter: Doak, 1st, 23.05
400 meter: Doak, 7th, 53.26
800 meter: Dylan Romine, 10th, 2:18.54; Mario Mantecon, 18th, 2:28.34
1600 meter: Dylan Reynolds, 8th, 5:08.39
3200 meter: Ryan Dalrymple, 8th, 11:37.89; Reynolds, 15th, 12:21.61
300 meter hurdles: Johan Aasland, 6th, 43.65
4×100 relay: Tyler, 6th, 47.01 (Aasland, Doak, Ice, Ruble)
4×800 relay: Tyler, 4th, 9:01.49 (Dalrymple, Reynolds, Romine, Smith)
High jump: Romine, 4th, 5-10
Pole Vault: LeMasters, 2nd, 13-06
Long jump: Jay Early, 19th, 13-09
Shot put: Slade Dillon, 3rd, 45-02.25; Drew Casey, 7th, 38-09; Ryley Warner, 23rd, 29-03.50
Discus: Dillon, 5th, 124-10; Casey, 3th, 91-10
On May 9 the Knight track team will travel to Ritchie County to take part in the Class AA, Region I, Regional meet, with each athlete hoping to qualify in the top four of each event in order to make it to the West Virginia State Track meet the following weekend. Teams competing at the Regional will include Oak Glen, Weir, Magnolia, Ritchie County, Ravenswood, Roane County, Pt. Pleasant as well as Tyler Consolidated.
“We have several girls who are strong in their events,” said head coach of the Lady Knight track team, J.C. Kimble. “How well we do will depend on how healthy we are. We have a couple who have been fighting injuries and that will play a large part in performances.”
“We have to compete in what is probably the strongest Region in the state in Class AA, so qualifying in some events is going to be tough, especially against teams that are loaded this year like Oak Glen. The top three placers at each Regional will automatically qualify, as well as some fourth, fifth and sixth placers in some instances once the fastest times and or distances is determined by the WVSSAC.”
“At this time, I’d say we will qualify at least 12, but we’re hoping for several more than that.”
Several Lady Knights are ranked among the top ten performers of the year in the state in their event, including the 4×400 and the shuttle hurdle relay teams; Makayla Clegg in the high jump; and Haylea LeMasters in the pole vault.
A surprising and determined group of athletes, the Lady Knights are looking to equal their last year’s Regional champion status.
Eric McKeever and Brianna Clark, head coach and assistant of the Knight boys track teams also have athletes battling injuries, but are optimistic as to what can expected of their team on May 9.
“It should be a pretty close toss up for the top four spots between us, Magnolia, Point Pleasant, and Ritchie County, in the majority of the events,” McKeever said. “We have the capability of winning at Regionals, but every single guy would have to be on their ‘A’ game and a little bit of luck wouldn’t hurt.”
“We just don’t have enough bodies on our team to rely on in order to capture the Regional Crown. We have been shorthanded all year with only 15 kids on the team and five of them are throwers, leaving only nine guys to depend on for the running events. And this hurts us because our numbers are keeping us out of at least two relay events.”
“We have been battling injuries and sickness this year, but I am hopeful that it will all pull together this week,” Clark said.
“Alex Doak has been one of our top scorers this season. He has consistently improved and has become a major contender in the 100, 400 and especially the 200 meter dash. Our distance experts, Dylan Reynolds and Ryan Dalrymple are both very strong competitors and will be integral parts of our teams success at Regionals in the 1600 and 3200 races.”
As for the relays, the Knight 4×800 team of Jeremy Smith, Dalrymple, Reynolds, and Dylan Romine is the most improved group and are ranked as one of the top teams in the Region. The shuttle hurdle team has also performed well all year and look to turn in a great qualifying time at the Regional in order to compete at state.
Fans of the team can look for senior Slade Dillon to qualify in the shot and discus events and Hunter LeMasters to continue his excellent performance in the pole vault event to qualify.
Both Knight track teams are poised to do well at the Regional competition, knowing that practice only continues for those that qualify.
The Paden City High School boys and girls track teams took part in the OVAC meet last week. Senior Taylor Parsons headlined for the Green White, taking 6th place in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.60 and 5th in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 49.69.
The 4×200 team qualified and finished in 13th position overall in 1:59.73.
Freshman Kennedy Cain finished 14th in the 400 meter dash, and senior Keith Hardbarger placed 14th overall in the shot put event with a put of 40-03.75.
The boys 4×200 relay placed 13th overall at the meet with a time of 1:42.35.
Paden City will participate in the Class A, Region I track and field meet at Ritchie County on May 11. The Wildcats will compete against Bishop Donahue, Cameron, Clay-Battelle, Doddridge County, Madonna, Trinity Christian, Valley, and Wheeling Central.