Metheny sisters leave lasting impact

ELKINS – Siblings Ryann, Chelsea and Sydney Metheny were outstanding athletes at Elkins High School and all three went on to have successful collegiate careers.

Now, the trio have a few artifacts from their playing days on display at the Randolph County Community Arts Center, as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams.” The exhibit will remain on display until Saturday.

Over a span of 11 years, the Metheny sisters collectively played at the varsity level for EHS in four sports – cross country, soccer, basketball and track. Together they earned a total of 38 letters. They have been to 31 state competitions and named all-region 14 times, first- or second-team NCAC 20 times and all state-state 16 times.

In individual events, the sisters were part of setting school records in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter relays and state champion and state record-holder in the 3,200 relay.

While at EHS, the Metheny sisters were captain of 10 teams. The cross country team and soccer team have been both state runner-ups and state champions, while the basketball teams appeared in the state tournament competition.

Ryann continued her career as a runner at Marshall University on both the track and cross country teams, Chelsea earned an appointment to the Naval Academy and Sydney played soccer at West Virginia University.

In high school, Ryann earned all-state honors eight times, from 1996 to 2000. She was a member of both the all-state cross country and all-state track teams. In each year of her career, she was named to the North Central Athletic Conference cross country team.

In 1998, she led the cross country team to a second-place finish at the state meet. A distance runner in track, she competed in the 3,200, 1,600, 800 and 4×800 meter races. In 1999, the 4×800 team set the NCAC record and the W.Va. state meet record. She also played basketball for three seasons.

Chelsea lettered in cross country, track and basketball for four years. She participated in 11 state meets and tournaments. Her cross country team in 2000 was the state AAA runner-up. However, the team captured the AAA state title in 2001. In 2001 and 2003, she received All-NCAC and All-region cross country honors.

For three seasons, she was captain of the basketball team. In 2001, the team won the sectional title. In 2002, 2003 and 2004, the teams captured sectional and regional titles and advanced to the state basketball tournament.

Based on her athletic achievements and leadership ability, Chelsea became the first woman from a Randolph County high school to graduate from a United States Military Academy. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, where she participated on the cross country and track teams.

While at WVU, Sydney was named co-captain of the 2010 women’s soccer team. She helped lead the team to its second Big East Championship in 2010 and saw action in 11 matches.

Sydney had a decorated career at EHS, being named the state’s Player of the Year in 2006 and was a three-time all-state selection for a team that won a state championship in 2005 and a state runner-up the season prior.

She added the biggest highlight of her collegiate career during her first year in Morgantown, scoring on a penalty kick against Notre Dame to give the Mountaineers the Big East Conference championship.