Knights Have Solid Showing at Carehaven
Tyler Consolidated and Paden City high schools honored their senior track athletes on Friday night in St. Marys at the 2018 Carehaven Invitational. With 13 quality teams participating in the event, the Knights showed they have the talent to send many their athletes to the state meet later this month and could, once again, come home with some hardware. Paden City also has several outstanding athletes and should be able to send its own contingent to the meet with hopes of bringing home some honors.
The Silver Knight boys finished the meet with 72 points and a fifth place finish with two of the top five schools coming out of Class AAA. First place went to Williamstown, while St. Marys came in third. The Knights were competing without their top sprinter sophomore, Mark Rucker, who may have made a huge difference in the point total and placement. However, the Silver Knights still showed brilliance as they got a first place finish in the open 400-meter dash from Destry Nelson, besting East Fairmont’s Dominic Butler by two seconds with a fine 52.93, good for 10 points.
Also grabbing a first place award was freshman Spencer Corley who outclassed the competition in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6’2” for the second straight meet. “My goal right now and I think I can achieve it is to get 6″4.” That should be enough to win the state, but I am going to continue to work on my form and the sky is the limit,” said Corley. His jump added another 10 points to the Knights’ total.
The Knights’ 4×800 meter relay team outclassed the field as well as they were 11 seconds better than second place Williamstown with a 8:48.84 time, good for 10 points. The team which is on course to bring home the state gold consists of S.Corley, Gavin Corley, Josh Frum and Destry Nelson. This will be a hard team to beat.
Jonathan Miller got three points for Tyler in the 200-meter dash with a sixth place finish in a time of 24.80. Nelson and G. Corley finished fifth and sixth in the 800-meter run with times of 2:12.34 and 2:13.08, while S. Corley followed with a 2:14.40. Together they added nine more Silver Knight points. In the 1600-meter run, S. Corley scored five points, finishing fourth in a 4:49.38, just a few seconds separating the top four. Josh Frum came in sixth in the 3200-meter run with 11:02.36, and James Streets finished seventh in 11:23.93. Frum earned three points, and Streets earned two.
The 110-meter hurdles saw the Silver Knights’ junior Nathan Barker finish sixth, just fractions of a second from the leader to get three points for his team with a 17.09.
The 300-meter hurdles had two Knights in the point race as Zack Placer picked up three points, and Barker added two points – finishing fifth and sixth with times of 47.10 and 47.35. The 4×100 meter relay team, running without Rucker, still managed to finish seventh for two points in a time of 50.30. The team consisted of Trey Pittman, George Tennant, Zack Placer and Jonathan Miller.
The 4×200 and 4×400 meter relay teams both earned sixth place finishes with a of 1:41.71 in the 200 with a team of Isaac Rush, Barker, Tennant and Miller. The 400 team was made up of Elijah Day, Rush, Jason Stanaland and Evan Maxwell. The teams added a total of six points for Tyler.
Running the 4×110 shuttle hurdle relay for the Silver Knights was Barker, Day, Maxwell and Placer; they finished with a 1:06.59, good for fourth place and five points.
Paden City earned a point in the 4×100 meter relay, finishing in the eighth spot with a time of 50.79 and a team of Seth Bohrer, Alex McCoy, Landon Smith and Steven Smith. The Wildcats also added four points to their total with a fifth place finish in the 4×110 meter shuttles with a team of Bohrer, McCoy, L. Smith and S. Smith in a time of 1:08.05.
Matt Saxon, who plays baseball for the Wildcats, got off a nice jump in the long jump event, barely missing 18′ as he finished in the fourth spot with an 17-11.25 leap, good for five points.
In the Girls division, Tyler Consolidated tied for ninth with South Harrison with 26 points, and Paden City finished with 13 points and the 11th spot. Wildcat sophomore speedster Abbe Stackpole won the preliminaries in the 100-meter, but fell one spot in the finals to get a second place finish and eight Wildcat points with a time of 13.07 as she was edged out by Class AAA Ripley’s Allison Fields. Stackpole also added five points for Paden City in the long jump and finished in the fifth spot with a fine leap of 14-11.00.
Tyler Consolidated got most of its points in the relays but also got some points in the individual events with Emily Lancaster giving three points with a sixth place finish in the pole vault at 7-06.00. Joralda Rice contributed four points in the long jump with a leap of 14-09.50, good for fifth place.
The Silver Knights 4×100 meter relay team of Lancaster, Eden Turner, Sarah Hashman and Rice finished fifth with a time of 58.69, good for four points. The 4×200 meter team of Hali Hall, Rosana Smith, Demery Nelson and Kirshana Smith got three points for the Knights with a seventh place finish in 2:10.20. Finishing sixth in 5:14.44 was the Knights’ 4×400 meter relay team of Turner, Abi Thompson, Haley Cremona and Sarah Hashman, good for four points. The girls 4×102.5 shuttle hurdle team finished fourth with a time of 1:21.85, good for five points. The team consisted of K. Smith, Victoria Hood, Hailey Lane and Lancaster.