Going out in style

CHARLESTON – Emily Godwin and a group of this year’s Buckhannon-Upshur seniors began their state meet careers as champions.

On Saturday, those same girls capped off their careers in style by winning a third state title in four years, as the Bucs racked up 102 points to easily outdistance defending champion Morgantown (84) and Washington (64).

Godwin, who will now try to win titles at the college level at North Carolina, cemented her place as one of the top track athletes in state history. She captured four titles on Saturday’s final day of the meet, giving her 13 for her career. Even though she was unable to set any state records this year, Godwin owns marks in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.

“It’s bittersweet thinking my career at (Buckhannon-Upshur) is over,” Godwin said. “I really didn’t think too much about (this being my final high school meet) because I was so focused on my events.

“But I’m looking forward to going to North Carolina, working with their coaches and getting my college career going.”

Godwin’s wins in both hurdle events and the high and long jump racked up 40 total points for the Bucs, but her effort was aided by the performance of her fellow teammates.

Lauren Cvechko, who has signed with West Virginia Wesleyan, placed third in the 300 hurdles and long jump, while junior Katy Riley finished fourth in the pole vault.

On Friday’s first day, Cvechko and Riley were part of the shuttle hurdle relay team that set a state record.

Mercedes Dowell and junior Mackenzie Leigh, meanwhile, won titles in the shot put and discus, respectively.

“Our goal was to come down here and win a state title as a team,” said Dowell, who will continue her career at Marshall. “I was so thrilled to end my career by getting my first (state) title and helping the team.”