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Local Teams Perform Well at State Track Meet

Silver Knights Jocelyn Foltz earns Gold Medal in 100 meter dash

By Staff | Jun 16, 2021

Magnolia Boys third place team 2021 Silver Medals

Magnolia Shines with seven first place finishes at the Class A state track meet on Wednesday and Thursday, June 9 and 10, in Charleston at Laidley Field.

On Wednesday evening to start the event the Blue Eagles senior speedster Jason Beisel brought home the gold with a winning time of 50.97 to get the Blue Eagles off to a good start with 10 points. He got ample support in the event from teammates Gavin Postlethwait who took third place in a time of 51.91 and Gavin Herrick who grabbed the four spot with a nice 52.85 run to lift Magnolia to a quick lead in the state meet with 20 points in the first event.

Thursday Beisel continued to dominate in the dashes as he captured first in the 100 meter dash with a sprakling 11.31 and came right back for the triple win with a first in the 200 meter dash in a time of 23.23, giving him 30 individual points. Beisel said, “It’s been a lot of fun. I’d like to thank my coaches, especially coach (Trey Meeks) for pushing me to be my best and to get the opportunity to show everyone what I have.”

The Blue Eagles picked up another first place individual finish in the high jump when Gavin Poslethwait cleared the bar at 6-02.00 to take fthe gold. He won the event with a first place jump of 6-00.00 but set his mark at 6-02 and never rattled the bar as he skimmed over with room to spare, giving him 10 points as he knocked out pre-jump favorite Hayden Brown of Tyler Consolidated who finished second with a jump of 5-10.00.

“I knew I could do it,” Postlethwait said. “It’s something new, definitely, but I came out with confidence and got the job done.”

Also, for the Blue Eagles, Gavin Herrick placed third among a strong field in the 800 meter run for six points with a time of 2:09.61.

The Blue Eagles 4–800 team claimed gold by inches. On the anchor leg, Gavin Herrick came from behind to edge out pre-favorite Doddridge County by less than a second with the winning time of 8:40.93. Also on the Blue Eagle team was Lucas Zombotti, Brady Renner and Trevor Williamson. The shuttle hurdle team of Chase Glover, Brady Renner, Marcus Barnes and Logan Beegle placed sixth in the event, with a time of 1:06.69. Renner, Herrick, Allen Collins and Williamson placed sixth in the 4–400 meter relay for the Blue Eagles, in a time of 3:49.05. Magnolia Finished third overall at the state meet behind Doddridge County and Ritchie County.

Paden City’s shuttle hurdle team nade up of all underclassmen, Jasup Spragg, Zane Yeater, Logan Smith and Shane Anderson collected a fifth-place finish just ahead of Magnolia with a time of 1:05.82 good for two team points for the Wildcats. ”

“I am very proud of this group of boys, they are hard workers who give their all every day at practice and are dedicated to being the best they can be,” said coach Riggle. “I look for some big things from them over the next couple years, just getting here is a chore and these kids are at a disadvantage from the start. We don’t have the practice facilities some of these kids have or the high numbers, but what we do have is ‘heart’ I couldn’t ask for a better group to coach! I am proud of them all.

Tyler Consolidated’s Haydn Brown tied for second in the high jump good for eight points, while teammate Austin Timmons secured sixth in the 300 hurdles in a time of 43.59 good for a point.

Timmons was also on the fourth place 4–400 meter relay team with Sean Winfrey, Trey Landis and Sage Landis, that finished with a time of 3:43.91good for four points

Mady Winters Wins Gold in Shot-Put and Discus at State Track Meet

In the Girls events Magnolia’s Mady Winters went in to the event as the favorite to win the shot put and the discus and didn’t dissapoint as she a claimed the gold in both events for the Blue Eagles.

Winters earned her way to the state meet in the shot put in the regionals with a 39-75.00 toss, but on Thursday at the state meet she set the standard for girls with a new state record toss of 41.07.25.

She then outdistanced the field in the discus with a huge throw of 125-05 to become a double winter and collect 20 points and two gold metals.

“It was definitely a goal that I had in mind coming down here,” Winters said about breaking the record. “Being ranked first by a large amount, it was something that I had in mind that I wanted to do.”

Paden City’s Hope Weber who has been right at or near the top all season long, and won the OVAC Class A championships finshed a strong third in both the shot put and discus with a toss of 32-06.25 in the shot and a throw of 97-10.00 in the discus to earn bronze metals for her effort, and give Paden City 12 points.

Tyler Consolidated had an individual winner in junior Jocelyn Foltz who claimed the gold in the 100 meter dash with a big burst to overtake favorite Brookelyn Reynolds of Williamstown with a time of 13.13 to secure 10 points. Foltz also placed sixth in the long jump with a 15-02.50, and was the anchor leg of the 4–100 relay team that placed fourth, with a time of 54.60. Makayla Haught, Caitlyn Northcraft and Victoria Yost were also on the team. Foltz has been flirting with the 13 -14 second range all season in the 100, but Williamstowns girls has beat her head on each time they met. Thursday, Foltz took to the track with confidence and got out of the blocks fast to run side by side with Reynolds before her extra effort at the finish line gave her the win.

Magnolia junior Jaci Rohde claimed the third place spot in the 100 meter dash with a 13.32 good for six points and the Silver Medal. She was also fifth in the long jump, with a 15-07.25

Foltz was also on the 4–200 relay team that placed fourth, with a time of 1:55.03, good for four team points. The team also included Julia Lilze, Kaylee Cline and Bre Herrick.

The Blue Eagles got a big silver medal team win in the 4–100 meter relay with a team of Kalleigh Beisel, Lilze, Bre Herrick and Rohde placing second with a time of 54.13.

Magnolia’s shuttle hurdle team of Lenecia Grimm, Shaela Holliday, Emma Spitzer and Reese Hale got in on the awards with a sixth place finish in the event with a time of 1:16.42.

Paden City senior Mallory Yeater got in on the hardware coming in fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15-08.75 good for four points. Cats junior hurdler Hallie McDonald secured sixth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.62 to grab a ribbon and a point in the event.

The Magnolia girls finished fifth overall at the state meet, while Paden City finished in the eighth spot and Tyler Consolidated ended 12th.