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TC Track Opens at Ritchie

By Staff | Mar 28, 2019

Senior Nathan Barker and sophomore Spencer Corley both impressed with first-place individual wins to add 10 points each to the Silver Knights’ total Tuesday, March 19. Barker got a 16.90 in the high hurdles during his first meet of the year, with his closest competitor from Wirt County coming in with a 17.12. Corley set a pretty high standard for the rest of single A when he got a personal best jump of 6’4,” to put the mark on his back early in the season.

The Knights scored 91 points to come in third behind Ritchie County and Ravenswood in the Chuck Schofield Memorial Track Meet, held at Ritchie County High School. In the 100-meter dash Griffin Phillips got six points for the Knights with a 12.52, ending in third place. In the 200-meter dash Justin Bowman picked up two points with a 26.83, and Isaac Rush added a point with a 26.87.

Destry Nelson placed fifth in the 400 for two points with a 56.17, and Austin Timmons gave the Knights four points with a fourth-place 2:14.30. Spencer Corley finished second in the 800 with a 4:48.91 for eight points, and James Streets got fifth in the 1600 for two points with an 11:17.14.

Zack Placer picked up fourth place in the 300-meter lows with a time of 45.68, to add four points to the Knights total. The boys 100-meter relay team made up of Placer, Phillips, Gorby and Mark Rucker came in second place for eight team points with a time of 47.96.

The boys 4×400 relay team brought home first place and 10 points for the Knights with a 3:46.59, three seconds ahead of Ravenswood. The team is comprised of Rush, Nelson, Timmons and Corley. The 4×800 relay team finished third for six points with a time of 9:37.35, and the team has Corley Haygen Baker, James Streets and Nelson.

The Knights got another first-place finish for 10 points from the shuttle hurdle team as they edged out Ritchie County with a 1:07.0,2 to Ritchie’s 1:07.79. The shuttle team is made up of Placer, Barker, Elijiah Day and Timmons. They will be a tough team to beat as the year goes on.

Hadyn Brown added two more points for the Knights, finishing fourth in the long jump with a 5-02.00. The Silver Knights look to be very competitive this year, and if they can get some help in the field events, they could gain some needed points to win some meets.

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Silver Knights Place Fourth at Kim Nutter Invite

Despite battling light rain, snow flurries and cold temperatures on

Friday, March 22 in Parkersburg, the Class A Silver Knights Track team finished fourth behind big schools Wheeling Park, Parkersburg, and Parkersburg South – while beating out John Marshall, Robert C. Byrd and a handful of other schools.

The Knights ended with 63 points on the night and got another first place finish in the high jump from sophomore Spencer Corley when he cleared the bar at 5’10.” Senior Destry Nelson brought home eight points for Tyler with a second-place finish in the 400-meter run. Nelson had a time of 55.76 and was just edged out by Parkersburg’s Ethan Rutherford.

Austin Timmons got in on the scoring, adding two points to the Knights’ total with a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a 2:12.70 run. Timmons was just edged at the line by Parkersburg’s Keegan Barnette, who took fourth.

Corley was the only small school finisher in the 1600-meter run and added a point for the Knights with a sixth place run at 4:51.23. James Streets was the only small school runner to get points in the 3200 with a time of 10:50.69, good for fifth place and two points. He was followed by John Marshall’s Mack Allen, who came in at 11:22.43 and sixth place.

High hurdle ace and West Liberty recruit Nathan Barker grabbed third place in the 110 highs, behind Parkersburg and Parkersburg South. Barker finished in 17.08 for six Silver Knight points. Senior Zack Placer got in the spotlight as well when he crossed the finish line with a 44.58 in the 300-meter lows, good for second place and just fractions of a second from first-place Parkersburg. Placer gave the Silver Knights eight points with the effort.

The Knights’ 4×100 team took fourth place for four points in a time of 48.59. The 4×200 team added a point, finishing sixth in 1:45.17, and the 4×400 team took third for six points in a time of 3:50.93. Tyler scored six more points with a third-place finish in the 4×800 meter relay, with a time 9:27.75. They then got third in the shuttle hurdles for six points with a 1:04.96.