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By Carl Holcomb
The Cougars knew which trails to take and trapped the rest of the competition in the Den during the home track meet in Baker last Tuesday.
East Hardy Track & Field hurdled to overall team victories against Moorefield, Pendleton County, Petersburg, Union, Paw Paw, and Timber Ridge.
Larson was second in the 110 hurdles (17:26) and Vance came in third (18.79), while Moorefield’s Jon Paugh took fourth (19:48).
In the 300 hurdles, Paugh finished second (47:29), Dove was third (47:96), Larson was fourth (51:83) and Vance was fifth (54:58).
[private] Moorefield boys finished in second place for the shuttle hurdles (1:05 Jacob Stickley, Eric McCausley, Paxton Coby, Jackson Vance).
In the girls hurdles, Petersburg took top honors in all the events, but Moorefield and East Hardy did manage to gain some points: MHS A shuttle hurdles team took second place at 1:14.99 (Sophia Riggleman, Hope Aristidou, Rachel Malcolm, Keiondra Morris, Amber Phillips) and MHS B team took fourth at 1:16.66 and EHHS placed fifth at 1:20; East Hardy’s Brittany Barney took fourth in the 300 meter hurdle at 56:76; Moorefield’s Hope Aristidou placed third in the 100 meter hurdle, while teammates Sydney Gribble (19:06) and Sophia Riggleman (19:40) took the next two medal spots.
East Hardy girls relay teams garnered the gold medals for the 4×400 (4:58 Holly Williams, Cheyenna Miller, Emma Lutz, Emili Flynn) and the 4×800 (12:28 Emili Flynn, Cheyenna Miller, Marina Stotelmyer, Brittany Barney), while the Lady Cougars took second in the 4×100 and 4×200.
Moorefield girls placed third and fourth in the 4×100 and 4×200, second and third in the 4×400, and second in the 4×800.
Petersburg’s Jeremy Whetzel garnered the victories in both the discus (115’6.5”) and the shot put (42’10”), while Moorefield sophomore Paul Peters placed second in the discus (113’1/5) which was a personal record and senior teammate Brock Dolly got the silver medal in the shot put (41’1”) and was sixth in the discus (91’.05”).
East Hardy’s Luke French was third in the shot put (38’4”) and fellow senior teammate Ricky Robinson was sixth (34’6”).
In the girls shot put, Petersburg’s Reece Hedrick came in first place (30’2”), while East Hardy senior Leah Ruffner took third (27’7.5”) and Moorefield senior Sadee Feaster sixth (24’).
For the girls discus, Moorefield’s Kaitlin Orndordd was second (69’5”), Ruffner was third for EHHS (66’), Moorefield’s Brooke Ketterman (61’2.5”) and Feaster (56’5”) rounded out the top six place winners.
Even though there was clear blue skies, there was concern expressed about the track surface which had paint on top of the pavement making the lanes slippery and gaining traction was difficult without spikes.
Surface friction didn’t cause any issues for East Hardy’s Bradley Skeel in a first place finish for the 800 meter run (2:20.98) and teammates Aaron Fishel in second place (2:28.05) and Charlie Mellen in fourth (2:29.49).
In the 200 meter dash, Petersburg’s Cody Southerly took top honors with a time of 23:39, followed by Moorefield’s Trey Harvey at 25.38 and teammate Jacob Stickley took fourth at 25:88, while East Hardy’s Jesse Dove was sixth at 26:06.
Union senior Colleena Burdock, a returning state gold medalist high jumper, finished in first place with a clearance of 5’0”.
Burdock had won a gold medal in state long jump and silver medals in 100 and 200 meter dashes last year, but was not competing in this meet due to a pulled hamstring.
In the girls long jump, Union’s Lexi Sirk won with a leap of 13’5.5” and teammate Allison Hartman was second with a distance of 13’4.24”, while Moorefield’s Desirae Morris took third at 13’3” and teammates Rachel Shaffer was fifth at 12’ and Jakeline Nduwimana was sixth at 11’10”.
Union’s Clayton Burdock left the baseball field to win the long jump with a distance of 18’9”, followed by East Hardy’s Adam Larson at 17’7” and Robinson in fourth at 15’8.5”.
Moorefield’s Matt Weatherholt placed fifth in the long jump at 15’5” and Jackson Vance was sixth at 15’1.25”.
Pendleton County boys won the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:58 in the last event of the day, but there was an exciting finish for the Hardy County boys as East Hardy anchor Charlie Mellen edged out Moorefield’s Jackson Vance by leaning over the finish line for second place (4:06.92 to 4:06.93).
East Hardy and Moorefield are showing strong times and distances for events at this point in the season and should garner state tournament berths at the end of the season.
More results can be found on www.runwv.com. [/private]