EHS track teams fare well at B-U

TENNERTON?- The Elkins High School track teams competed at a meet at Buckhannon-Upshur on Tuesday.

The Tigers’ Skylee Watson tied a school record in the pole vault with an effort of 6-6. Chelsey White also reached that level in 2011.

“Skylee is a real versatile performer for us,” Elkins girls coach Scott Biola said. “She wanted to try to the pole vault this year and is doing a great job. Coach (Greg) Hott and coach (Matt) Lewis have been working with her and it was nice to see her hard work pay off by tying a school record.

“It’s nice to have somebody doing the pole vault for us and I think she can make the record more respectable in time.”

Elkins finished third in the meet behind Tucker County and Buckhannon-Upshur.

Other first-place finishers for EHS included the 4×100 relay (Paige Harrison, Lindsay Roy, Kathlyne Simmons and Skout Barger), the 4×200 relay (Harrison, Roy, Simmons and Olivia Underwood), Watson in the 800 and Underwood in the long jump.

The EHS boys relay team, meanwhile, remained undefeated on the season. The foursome of Matt Wallace, Remington Knight, Austin Hamrick and Chris Bodkin cleared the course in a time of 8:35.

Wallace also captured the 800 in a time of 2:04, while Knight placed second.

Freshman Dalton Hamrick was second in the 3,200 with a time of 10:49, and Michael Beckwith placed second in the shot put and third in the discus.

“I really like where we are as a team right now,” EHS boys coach Matt Lewis said.

“There are a few events where we have been extremely consistent and that’s great to see this time of the year.

“We just need to continue to make a final push into the championship season.”

Both Elkins teams will compete in the Friends of Coal Gazette Relays Friday and Saturday at Charleston’s Laidley Field.