ELKINS – The Tucker County girls turned in a dominating performance at Wednesday’s Class A, Region II track meet held at Elkins High School.
The Mountain Lions racked up 256 points, winning 15 of the 17 events contested, in the qualifying meet for next week’s state championships.
Pocahontas County was a distant second with 77 points, followed by Pendleton County (61), East Hardy (38), Union (35), Moorefield (28), South Harrison (14) and Tygarts Valley (10).
Tucker County swept the relay events, and only wins by Pocahontas County’s Melissa Murphy in the 1,600-meter run and Colleena Burdock, of Union, in the long jump prevented a clean sweep of first-place finishes for the Mountain Lions.
Elizabeth Nichols, Kelsey Kyle and Aiyana Kachmarek each won two events for Tucker County.
Nichols, a freshman, claimed the 200 (28.38) and 100 hurdles (17.11), Kyle took the 300 hurdles (49.27) and 400 (1:02.90) and Kachmarek the shot put (33-01) and discus (114-03).
Kachmarek is the defending state champion in the discus. Her effort on Wednesday was nearly 6 feet better than her winning toss in Charleston last year.
Other first-place finishers for the Mountain Lions included Jessica Kincaid in the 100 (13.62), Oliva Miller 800 (2:36.33) and Madison Mullenax 3,200 (13:10.80).
Members of the winning relay teams were the 4×100 (Kylie Moore, Chelsea Bonner, Mikayla Long and Miranda Siler), 4×200 (Kincaid, Bonner, Siler and Jenna Walker), 4×400 (Kincaid, Bonner, Long and Walker), 4×800 (Madison?Reall, Taylor Ambrose, Leah Underwood and Mullenax) and the shuttle hurdle (Kyle, Nichols, Moore and Miller).
Hannah Currence was third in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the long jump to lead Tygarts Valley.
The Tucker County boys were nearly as dominate in their meet, claiming nine of 18 first-place finishes to accumulate 202 points.
South?Harrison (94), Pocahontas County (74), Pendleton County (55), Moorefield (35), Union (29), East Hardy (26), Tygarts Valley (10) and Notre Dame (2) rounded out the field.
Mitchell Mason led the way for the Mountain Lions, winning the 100 (11.78), 110 hurdles (16.81) and 300 hurdles (43.88).
Tucker County’s other first-place showings included Chris Freeman in the 400 (52.86), Ian Nichols 800 (2:07.99), Wes Knotts 3,200 (11:21.51), the 4×400 relay (Zach Armstrong, Kellen Dunn, Marshall Whisner and Nichols), the 4×800 (Logan Pitzer, Devon Anderson, Knotts and Nichols) and the shuttle hurdle relay (Marcus Mason, Chase Alkire, Knotts and Mitchell Mason).
Pendleton County’s Matt Nibblins took the 200 (24.19), South Harrison’s Garrett Wilkins the 1,600 (5:04.22), Pocahontas County’s Stephen Simmons the high jump (6-0), South Harrison’s Chase Jenkins the pole vault (9-6), South Harrison’s Asa Ricketts the long jump (18-10) and Pocahontas County’s Devin?Rose the shot put (39-09) and discus (140-02).
Relay winners included Pendleton County’s 4×100 (Brian Deavers, Jereomy Ayers, Matthew Dove and Nibblins) and South Harrison’s 4×200 (Chase Jenkins, Garrett Wilkins, Ricketts and Chance Reed).
Derrick Villarico was fourth in the 200 and Jared Wegman fourth in the 100 hurdles for Tygarts Valley.
The state meet will be held May 23-24 at Charleston’s Laidley Field.