Bulldogs run well at track meet

Tygarts Valley High School sophomore Devan Ball competes in a track meet at BC Bank Park on the Philip Barbour High School campus this week.

PHILIPPI — Class A Tygarts Valley High School’s track and field team put up good numbers for the Bulldogs Tuesday with an overall third place and a 50.5 on the score sheet at the track meet hosted at Philip Barbour.

In the boys’ field, TVHS nabbed second with a 60. The Lady Bulldogs grabbed third with a 41.

“Our kids work hard and their future is bright,” Tygarts Valley coach Mitch Channell said. “I am very proud of them. They are good kids and they are giving a great effort. We beat a couple of AA schools today, and the numbers are growing.

“Our middle school program has around 60 athletes. Tommy Oldaker and Tessa Garver-Daniels are doing a terrific job, things look solid down the road,” he said.

Looking on the event sheet from Tuesday, several Bulldogs combined for a team effort. Alexis Wiseman put up a second place in the 400 meter dash.

Hailey Cogar placed first in the 100 meter hurdles. The Lady Bulldogs’ 4×400 relay ran unopposed, as Cogar, Salena Martin, Caitlyn Swecker and Wiseman clocked a 5:30.41. Cogar won the high jump contest and Swecker placed second in the shot put.

Brent Daniels flew for second in 100 meter dash, while Zac McCauley inked first in the 200 meter, edging PB’s Johnny Williams by a 24.41 to 24.49 count. Williams and PB teammate Damien Gonzalez stacked the 400 meter dash top spots, respectively, with 54.96 and 58.26 times.

Noah Ward and Tyler Channel both placed in top spots for the Colts in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs. Ward crossed the finish line first in both events, while Channel was third and second, respectively.

In hurdles events, Wes McGee and Casey Titchnell each garnered first-place finishes. Warner Gibson and Dusty Arbogast also finished in the top three, Gibson with two second-place spots.

Titchnell was tops in the long jump, while TVHS’s Jake Tackett and Hunter Davis claimed first and second in the high jump. Jayden Stafford garnered third for the Bulldogs in the shot put.

Leading the Lady Colts’ long distance efforts were Kasey Neville and Kierra Hodge. As all-state talents, the duo combined for the longest throws and best measurements through feats of strength and durability, claiming various top spots for the Philip Barbour track and field team.

Neville and Hodge are forces to be accounted for as Lady Colts. Hodge is a distance runner with a strong finish, while Neville throws the shot put and discus with a finishing touch as well.