Former B-UHS star shines at meet

BUCKHANNON – Former Buckhannon-Upshur High School track standout Emily Godwin recently finished third overall in heptathlon at the U.S. Junior World Trials in Sacramento, Calif.

Godwin, who just completed her freshman year at North Carolina, finished with 5,304 points. She ran 14.47 in the 100-meter dash (913 points), jumped 5-8 3/4 in the high jump (916), threw 33-5 1/2 in the shot put (542), turned in a time of 25.78 in the 200 (817), had a leap of 18-10 3/4 in the long jump (777), threw 100-6 in the javelin (489) and ran 2:18.09 in the 800 (850). Godwin was second in the 800 and high jump.

With a third-place finish, Godwin now is an alternate for the World Junior Championships.

“It was hard to miss going to Worlds by one spot, but I’m happy with a few (personal records), including my overall score,” Godwin said. “I’ve had a great time with my event group, Coach (Josh) Langley and Coach (Tatijana) Jacobson this year, and I can’t wait to see what next year is going to bring.”

“Emily had a great meet,” added Langley, who coaches multi-events at UNC. “It was a nice way to end a long, successful freshman year for her. A 114-point personal best on this stage is a huge boost of confidence going into her sophomore year.”