Knights Fifth at Doddridge
The Cline Stansberry Invitational, held annually at Doddridge County High School’s track, brings out some of the best Class A competition in the state. Friday’s meet was no exception. With state contenders Doddridge, Williamstown, St. Marys and Ritchie County competing, points were not easy to come by. Even so the Silver Knights showed they are contenders of their own – gathering up 64 points on to finish in the fifth spot.
However, the highlight of the event was a brilliant performance by freshman Spencer Corley. Corley scored 19 individual points and helped add four more as part of the third place 4×800 team for the Silver Knights. Corley, who is known as the leading distance runner for the Knights in his first year of varsity competition, is fast grabbing attention around the state as the man to beat in the high jump. On Friday he demonstrated why as he cleared the bar in a 2018 state best 6’2“
Corley grabbed the top spot and added 10 points to his total. None of it was without pressure, however, as St. Marys Isaak Mooney jumped 6’00 but failed to make the grade.
The Silver Knights also got a second place finish by Corley in the 1600-meter run which he finished with a 4:50.44, just two seconds behind Williamstown junior Joshua Chambers, who won with a 4:48.20. Corley picked up eight points for his run and also added a point in the 800-meter with a sixth place time of 2:14.57.
Knights sophomore Mark Rucker turned in a nice performance in the 100-meter dash, finishing second to Doddridge junior Seth Davis, who won with an 11.61. Rucker had a time of 11.78 to bring home eight Knights points. Jonathan Miller came in fifth in the open 200-meter run with a 25.34, good for two points. Senior Gavin Corley added a point for the Knights in the 1600-meter run with a sixth place finish of 4:55.63.
Senior Josh Frum came in fifth in the 3200-meter run with a 11:09.93, good for two Silver Knight points. Junior Nathan Barker ran a 17.17 in the 110-meter hurdles for a fourth place finish and four individual/team points. The Knights 4×100 meter relay team finished in the money with a sixth place time of 49.93 to add a point to the team total with a team of Nick Gorby, Rucker, Zack Placer and Miller.
Tyler’s 4×400 meter relay team picked up six points with a time of 3:50.27, with a team of Placer, Isaac Rush, Destry Nelson and Rucker. The Knights 4×800 meter team also placed well with a fourth place time of 9:13.25 for four points. The team consisted of Nelson, Frum, James Streets and S. Corley.
Tyler’s 4×110 shuttle hurdle relay team jumped out to an early lead but fell to first place Williamstown, which ran a 1:03 while the Knights got a 1:06 to pick up six more points. Nathan Barker ran the first leg of the race, with Elijah Day, Evan Maxwell and Placer making up the team. Rucker finished the scoring for the Knights with a fifth place long jump of 18-02.05.
The Knights girls got points from the girls 4×100 relay team which finished third in a time of 58.30 – good for six points. Making up the team was Emily Lancaster, Eden Turner, Rachal Hashman and Joralda Rice. The girls added two more points in the 4×200 meter relay, coming in fifth with a 2:14.75 time.
The team was made up of Hali Wescott, Rosana Smith, Demery Nelson and Kirshana Smith. They also got a sixth place finish in the 4×400 meter relay with a 5:22.81 to add a point to their total. Turner, Nelson, Katie Pratt and Rachel Thomas made up the team.
Picking up eight points for the Silver Knights was their 4×100 shuttle relay team, which ran a strong race to finish second with a time of 1:18.29. Making up the team was Claire Miller, Rachel Thomas, Rachal Hashman and Lancaster. Katie Pratt tacked on six individual points to the team total with a third place jump of 4-08.00. Emily Lancaster came in third in the pole vault with a vault of 8-00.00 to nearly miss out on second as they tied in height but misses gave the spot to Doddridge. Lancaster earned six points for her vault. Joralda Rice also earned six individual/team points as she got off a leap of 14-01.25 in the long jump.