By Carl Holcomb
A short rain delay with thunder in the distance didn’t deter the seven teams from competing in the Moorefield Track & Field Meet last Thursday with the Yellow Jackets finishing second overall and the East Hardy Girls Track team taking the gold.
The Lady Cougars won the overall meet with 131 points, followed by Petersburg (120.5), Moorefield (82), Union (80), Pendleton County (73.5), and Paw Paw (1).
On the boys side, Pendleton County took top honors with 126.33 points, followed by Moorefield (105.33), East Hardy (81.33), Petersburg (79), Timber Ridge (76), Union (20), and Paw Paw (16).
After the okay was given to be down on the track, the athletes did some warmup drills for the meet.[private]
There was a huge group including East Hardy jogging around the track, while Petersburg and Pendleton County practiced relay handoff exchanges.
Moorefield Boys took to the shot put area as soon as it was ready with Zack Liller helping the volunteers by sweeping the throwing area of excess water.
At the high jump area, both boys and girls were trying to practice jumps with water splashing when landing on the mat. One of the boys from Timber Ridge had an interesting take-off from both feet, but later learned that was an illegal style jump.
Moorefield’s Olivia Sellero and Pendleton County’s Audrey Vanscoy were the first to make the official jumps there and there were cheers from onlookers when clearing the bar.
Both girls tied for second place with a clearance of 4’4”.
Union’s Colleena Burdock arrived a little later from another event and waited for a higher level and won with a clearance of 5’2” with room to spare.
East Hardy’s Emili Flinn made several attempts after catching her breath from the first place 4×800 meter relay race and finished in fourth place in the high jump at 4’2”.
Burdock took top honors in the long jump at 15’2”, followed by teammate Allison Hartman at 13’6” and Petersburg’s Allison Harman at 12’10.5”.
Moorefield’s Rachel Shaffer finished in fourth place in the long jump at 11’11”, while East Hardy’s Summer Funkhouser took fifth at 10’7”.
East Hardy Girls won the 4×800 relay race in a time of 11:49 (Flinn, Marina Sotlemyer, Brittany Barney, Maxine Cassell).
The East Hardy Boys took second place in the 4×800 relay with a time of 10:13 (Blake Caldwell, Matt Lazo, Timmy McDonald, Cole Swanson).
Pendleton County’s Tiffany Shaver won the girls discus with a distance of 91’7”, followed by Union’s Alexis Droppleman at 87’4”.
East Hardy’s Leah Ruffner took third place with a throw of 84’6” and Blair East finished in fourth place at 71’10”.
East wanted to make sure the photographs were taken, while Moorefield’s Brooke Ketterman said she was just there to look good and was fifth place at 70’7”.
Carrying an East Hardy umbrella around the Moorefield Track did garner quite a few stares and comments, but it kept this reporter dry early in the competition.
While at the discus area, there was a ton of cheering for the high hurdles events with Petersburg sweeping the top three spots in the 100 meter hurdles as Raven Hedrick, Abby Sindledecker, and Reece Hedrick came within a half-second of each other with times of 18.15, 18.34, and 18.48; respectively for a photo finish.
Moorefield’s Hope Aristidou was within striking distance in fourth place at 18.62, followed by teammates Rachel Malcolm (18.95) and Allison Lofton (20.31).
East Hardy Boys filled the podium in the 110 high hurdles as Adam Larson took first place at 18.17, followed by teammates Cole Swanson (19.59) and Eli Vance (20.73).
Meanwhile, up on the hill by the field house, the Yellow Jackets were buzzing to victory in the shot put with the best three finishes of the afternoon led by Zack Liller with a distance of 46’2”, then Alex Eye with 45’2”, and Brock Dolly at 40’9”.
Moving at a turtle’s speed across the field to the finish line to capture some of the 100 meter dash was next on the agenda and of course the runners got there first in the initial race.
Burdock was ahead of the pack in the 100 meter dash as always with a first place finish of 12.75 for the Lady Tigers.
Pendleton County’s Angel Rexrode narrowly edged out Moorefield’s Lindsay Paugh for seconds place with a time of 13.12 compared to 13.32. The lean into the finish line really made a difference.
Union’s Lexi Sirk finished in fourth place, while East Hardy’s Emili Flinn and Holly Williams rounded out the top six runners.
Timber Ridge’s Tyler Bradley crashed the Potomac Valley party with a first place run in the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.09, edging out Pendleton County’s Daniel Mullenax (11.28).
Moorefield’s Trey Harvey finished in third place with a time of 11.96, while teammate D.J. Zirk took fourth at 12.15.
Petersburg’s Zack Wampler was fifth and East Hardy’s Chance Dove took sixth overall.
After the 100 meter dash, Zirk returned to the high jump area and cleared the bar at a height of 5’10” for second place, behind Petersburg’s Cody Southerly at 5’11”.
Pendleton County and Petersburg took the top two spots in the boys and girls 4×200 meter relay races.
Moorefield Girls finished the 4×200 relay in third place (Malcolm, Pugh, Sophia Riggleman, Shaffer) at 2:02, while the Boys fourth at 1:43.68 (Seth Snyder, Jon Paugh, Trevor Srout, Jacob Stickley).
East Hardy Girls were fifth in the 4×200 relay (Molly Yates, Summer Funkhouser, Julia Schoolcraft, Holly Williams) at 2:15 and the EH Boys were fifth overall (Jesse Dove, Isaac Robinson, Tyler Smith, Clayton Strawderman) at 1:47.
Petersburg Girls won the 4×100 meter relay race with a time of 56.26, edging out Moorefield at 56.46 (Malcolm, Keiondra Morris, Paugh, Shaffer).
Moorefield Girls B Team finished in third place at 1:00 (Morgan Armentrout, Allison Lofton, Desirae Morris, Riggleman) as Pendleton County was disqualified and East Hardy was fourth (Williams, East, Schoolcraft, Yates) at 1:01.
Pendleton County Boys won the 4×100 meter relay in a time of 46.96, followed by Petersburg at 47.44.
Moorefield Boys finished in third place (Trey Harvey, Snyder, Stickley, Zirk) with a time of 48.32 and East Hardy took fourth at 50.56 (Chance Dove, Jesse Dove, Robinson, Smith).
East Hardy’s Brittany Barney placed third in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 56.21, while Petersburg’s Abby Sindlecker won the event at 51.78 and Pendleton County’s Angel Rexrode placed second at 52.68.
Union’s Tyler Seabolt took top honors in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles at 44.04, while East Hardy’s Adam Larson placed second at 46.26 and Pendleton County’s Damian See was third at 47.10.
Union Girls snatched the first two medals for the 200 meter run as Burdock was the fastest at 26.43 and Sirk was second at 27.82, followed by Flinn for the Lady Cougars at 28.54.
Pendleton County’s Matthew Dove finished in first place for the 200 meter run in a time of 23.22, followed by Southerly for the Vikings at 23.42 and Harvey for the Yellow Jackets at 23.81.
Over in the discus field, Moorefield’s Alex Eye finished in first place with a throw of 132’ and teammate Zack Liller was second with a distance of 110’4”.
Union’s Tyler Seabolt won the long jump with a leap of 18’3”, followed by Pendleton County’s Matthew Dove at 17’9.5”, and East Hardy’s Adam Larson at 17’.
The distance running of the Lady Cougars really helped to gain the points for the first place win.
East Hardy’s Maxine Cassell won the 800 meter run (2:41) and the 1600 meter run (5:55).
Moorefield’s Shyanne Whetzel was third in the 800 meter run at 3:06 and teammate Brooke Ketterman took fourth at 3:12.
The Lady Cougars won the top three spots in the 3200 meter run led by Kaitlynn Funkhouser at 16:15, followed by Sydney Vaubel at 16:40, and Sardana Coyle at 17:20.
Fun houser took third in the 1600 meter un at 6:53, followed by Coyle at 7:22 and Vaubel at 7:23.
Coyle caught up with Vaubel with a final dash in the one-miler and came across the finish line just ahead of her, one could spot the grin on Coyle’s face as she made the move for the pass.
In the shuttle hurdles, East Hardy Boys won with a time of 1:09.63 (Chance Dove, Larson, Swanson, Vance), while the Girls took third at 1:19 (Cassell, Funkhouser, Schoolcraft, Yates).
The Moorefield Girls were second in the shuttle hurdles with time of 1:16.06 (Aristidou, Malcolm, Keiondra Morris, Riggleman), while the Boys were fourth overall at 1:21.29 (Owen Hartman, Eric McCausley, Trevor Srout, Donovan Wratchford).
The complete track results can be found on the runwv.com website.
East Hardy Track hosted a meet yesterday, while Moorefield Track visits Frankfort tomorrow and Keyser on Saturday.[/private]