Weather plagues state meet action
Tucker boys capture shuttle hurdle title; PB 4x800 relay squads place high
CHARLESTON – Before lightning delayed action on Friday night at the state meet at Laidley Field, the Tucker County boys shuttle hurdle relay team captured a title in the Class A ranks.
The foursome of Ben Callaway, Raine McCauley, Joseph Lewendowski and Corrick Ambrose turned in a time of 59.56 to take top honors. Their effort nearly broke the meet record of 59.01 set by Doddridge County in 2012.
Ambrose also qualified for the 110-meter hurdles finals with a time of 16.11.
Philip Barbour’s boys and girls 4×800 relay teams also placed high on Friday in the Class AA field.
The PB boys team of Tyler Channell, Daniel Weingart, Dakota Taylor and Noah Ward turned in a time of 8:23.26 to place second.
The unit of Shania Keene, Gracie Miller, Audrey Williams and Graylin Floyd, meanwhile, finished third with an effort of 10:00.30.
The Philip Barbour boys also got a third-place finish from the shuttle hurdle squad of Damien Gonzales, Lyndon Wagoner, Tanner Faulkiner and Mason Long in a time of 1:01.00.
Faulkiner also qualified for today’s 100-meter dash finals after posting a time of 11.24 on Friday.
Elkins High School’s Tiara Rowe earned a spot in today’s Class AA 100 finals as well, turning in a time of 12.86.
As of press time on Friday, the state meet was still in a lightning delay, but running events were expected to be completed.
Action was scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today but the time and schedule of events are subject to change.
One state meet record was set on Friday afteroon as Cabell Midland senior Gaven Beverage turned in a throw of 65-10.50 in the shot put to break Randy Barnes’ mark of 61-7 set in 1984.