Elkins will send 14 to Charleston

CHARLESTON — Elkins High School will be well-represented at this weekend’s West Virginia State Track Meet being held at Laidley Field.

This afternoon, the girls’ 4×800-meter relay consisting of Addie Berdine, Kaleigh Edwards, Kaeli Ricottilli and Anna Belan will kick things off for the Tigers competing in the very first event.

The girls’ relay team will be followed by the boys’ 4×800 relay consisting of James Smoak, Abe Gallagher-Reyes, Brennon Weese and Luke Anger. Both teams earned their chance to compete at the state meet after advancing from last Friday’s regional meet.

Speedsters Tiara Rowe and Sofia Triplett will look to light up the track in 100-meter qualifying open, while junior Mason Kimbleton will also look to advance to the 100 final on Saturday afternoon.

Rowe and Kimbleton will have a short break before hitting the track again today, as they look to qualify for the 200-meter final on Saturday.

The Tigers will round out their day of competition today with Berdine competing in the 3,200.

“I’m really excited to get the kids on the track and competing Friday afternoon,” EHS coach Matt Lewis said.

“The boys and girls have worked so hard all year, and I think we are going to see a few of our sprinters advance to the second day of the championships.”

Saturday will be a big day for the Tigers as they are projected to place high in several events, bringing home numerous first team ll-state athletes.

Triplett will take to the track in the 400-meter early Saturday morning after a strong finish in the event at the Class AA, Region II Championships.

Should Rowe, Triplett, and Kimbleton advance from Friday, the trio could see one more run in the 100 as projected, while Rowe and Kimbleton get another shot in the 200 as predicted.

“I fully believe that my trio of individual sprinters will do whats necessary to advance to Saturday, and give themselves a shot and making first team all-state,” Lewis said.

Elkins will round out its two days of competition with both the boys’ and girls’ 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

The EHS girls’ 4×100 relay is composed of Triplett, Belan, Edwards and Rowe, while the 4×200 relay will compete with Triplett, Brooklynn Howell, Edwards and Rowe.

The boys’ 4×100 and 4×200 relays will be made up of Kimbleton, Ethan Wilson, Weese and Austin Storey.

“It’s been a great season coaching both squads this year,” Lewis said. “The kids and I are quite excited for a big weekend and I feel like we have overly prepared to do our best, and represent Elkins High quite well at the championships.”

Events get underway at Laidley Field with the 4×800 relays at 2 p.m. today, while running for the day will conclude at 8 p.m.

Events on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. with the 400-meter dash and wrap up Saturday afternoon with the 4×400 relay at 5 p.m.