TV, Tucker set for ‘A’ action
CHARLESTON – Both Tygarts Valley and Tucker County will be looking to bring home gold from the Class A state track and field meet being held this weekend at Charleston’s Laidley Field.
The action will get underway Friday afternoon and will conclude after a full day of events on Saturday.
Tucker County, which placed second overall in both the boys’ and girls’ regional meet, will send a strong group of athletes to the event. Headlining the list on the boys’ side for the Mountain Lions is Will White, who qualified in the 200, 400, high jump and long jump.
White’s teammates, Corrick Ambrose (110 hurdles) and Ben Callaway (300 hurdles), qualified for one individual event each. The Tucker County boys’ shuttle hurdle relay team (Callaway, Ambrose, Raine McCauley and Joseph Lewendowski), 4×100 relay team (Hunter Collar, Logan Husk, Cole Rapp, Ethan Pacella), 4×200 relay team (Pacella, Lewendowski, Ambrose and McCauley) and 4×800 relay team (Cameron Wamsley, John Anderson, Holden Young and Chris Chambers) all qualified for state competition action.
The Mountain Lions’ Zane Myers qualified in two field events and will compete in the shot put and discus. Pacella will look to make some noise in the high jump and Collar will compete in the 100-meter dash after a fourth-place time at regionals earned him an at-large berth.
Tygarts Valley’s 4×100 relay team (Aiden Shaffer, Brent Daniels, Jayden Taylor and Dalton Grimes) placed first in regionals and will look to have a strong showing at states. The Bulldogs’ 4×800 relay team (Devan Ball, Shane Martel, Brennan Shiflett and Dusty Arbogast) also qualified for action this weekend, as did Tygarts Valley’s shuttle hurdle relay team (Arbogast, Grimes, Martel and Warner Gibson).
Martel will be the lone individual competitor for the Bulldogs after qualifying in the 300-meter hurdles last week. Tygarts Valley’s Landrie Lanham will be the only girls representative and will compete in the 300 hurdles.
“I’m proud of all our kids,” Tygarts Valley coach Mitch Channel said. “They worked really hard this year and had a great season. We have a couple relay teams that have a chance of making all-state this year, and Landrie (Lanham) and Shane (Martel) do as well.
“It’s been great working with them this season and they deserve the accolades they’re getting.”
The Lady Mountain Lions, meanwhile, will be led by Kate Falls, who qualified in the 3,200, 1,600 and 800-meter events. Her teammates, London Hood (300 hurdles), Macy Nestor (high jump) and Kelcee James (discus), will also compete in individual events at the state meet.
Tucker County’s 4×800 relay team (Karlee Smith, Rachel Friend, Riley Evans and Inza Pacella), 4×200 relay team (Macy Nestor, Zoe Nestor, Abbie Buckley and Smith), 4×400 relay team (Abbie Eakle, Macy Nestor, Smith and Friend) and shuttle hurdle relay team (Smith, Buckley, Hood and James) all qualified for states.
Action on Friday will begin at 2 p.m., while Saturday’s events get underway at 9 a.m.