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Knights, ’Cats Headed To State

By Staff | May 16, 2018

Photos Provided Tyler Consolidated’s Joralda Rice qualified for the state meet after this long jump of 15-2 feet was good enough for third.

The Tyler Consolidated boys shuttle hurdle team had the best time in the Regional track meet, held on Friday night at Ritchie County, with a first place finish of 1:03.92, to edge out second place Cameron, who came in at 1:04.27. The Silver Knights team ran a team personal best with Nathan Barker, Elijah Day, Evan Maxwell and Zack Placer getting the win to head to Charleston.

Also getting a first place finish for the Knights was freshman Spencer Corley who won the high jump over St. Marys’ junior Isaak Mooney with a leap of 6-00.00. Corley, who has jumped 6-02 twice this year, will head to the state meet as the Class A favorite. He will also compete in the 1600 where he was fractions of a second behind two St. Marys seniors with a time of 4:53.88.

Sophomore Mark Rucker will be the Silver Knights’ representative in the open 200 as he finished in second place with a time of 11.40. Rucker will also be competiting in the long jump where he got a leap of 19-01.25. Rucker has been a contender all year in both events and could end up a winner in both events.

The Knights 4×800 relay team made up of S. Corley, Gavin Corley, Josh Frum and Destry Nelson grabbed second place in the event with an 8:41.33, which is one of the better times in the state.

Nathan Barker, who ran the first leg for the Knights winning shuttle hurdle team, also ran a personal best 16.36 in the 110 meter hurdles for a second place finish right behind S. Marys senior Daulton Houser. Barker will represent the Knights in the event at the state meet.

Tyler’s Nathan Barker, Zach Placer, Evan Maxwell and Zach Placer made first place in the shuttle hurdles at regionals.

The Silver Knights got at-large bids in the 400 meter dash from Destry Nelson with a time of 52.75. The 4×100 meter relay, with a team of George Tennant, Nick Gorby, Jonathan Miller and Mark Rucker, with a 46.70.

In the girls division, Tyler Consolidated’s Abi Thompson finished second in a time of 6:01.22 to qualify for the state meet this weekend.

The Knights girls had the best time in the 4×102.5 meter shuttle hurdle relay, winning in 1:12.91 over second place Magnolia, to make it to Charleston with a team of Rachel Thomas, Kirshana Smith, Rachal Hashman and Emily Lancaster.

Lancaster also finished second in the pole vault, right behind Ritchie County with a vault of 9-06.00. Eden Turner also qualified for state in the pole vault, placing third with a 8-00.00.The Silver Knights’ Joralda Rice also qualified with a long jump of 15-02.50, good for third place.

Rachal Hashman qualified for the state in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing fourth in 18.10 for an at-large bid.

The Knights girls 4×400 meter relay team of Turner, Katie Pratt, Demry Nelson and Rachel Thomas got an at large bid with a sixth place finish time of 4:51.68.


Paden City’s girls were led by sophomore speedster Abbe Stackpole who finished a close second to Wheeling Central with a 12.78 in the 100 meter dash. She then came in third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.37. Stackpole is just fractions of a second behind the leader and with a good start, could be in the running for the gold in both events.

The Wildcat girls also qualified in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 55.08, good for third place with a team of Stackpole, Destiny Duncan, Destiny Harrison and Mallory Yeater. The same team finished fourth in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:57.89 and will run at state with an at-large bid.

Paden City boys got an at-large bid in the 4×110 meter shuttle hurdles with a time of 1:07.33 to qualify for state with the team of Landon Smith, Seth Bohrer, Alex McCoy and Steven Smith.


Silver Knights Finish Seventh In LKC

Tyler Consolidated fought the weather and the competition on Friday at Ritchie County in the LKC track meet. Tyler Consolidated’s boys ended in seventh place out of a field of 13 top-notch teams. The highlight of the meet for the Silver Knights was freshman Spencer Corley being named to the First Team, All Conference track team. The Knights placed second in the shuttle hurdles, and Corley placed second in the high jump.

Destry Nelson got a fouth place in the open 400, while Corley got fourth in the 1600 and fifth in the 3200.Nathan Barker finished fifth in the 110 hurdles. The Silver Knights finished sixth in the 4×200, fifth in the 4×800.