Weather plagues state meet action

Tucker boys capture shuttle hurdle title; PB 4x800 relay squads place high

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Elkins High School has 14 runners competing in the West Virginia State High School Track Meet which got underway on Friday and will conclude today. Seated, from left, are Tiara Rowe, Sofia Triplett, Anna Belan, Kaleigh Edwards, Addie Berdine, Kaeli Ricotilli and Brooklynn Howell. Back row, coach Matt Lewis, Luke Anger, Mason Kimbleton, Austin Storey, Ethan Wilson, James Smoak and Brennon Weese. Not pictured, Abe Gallagher-Reyes. Complete state meet results will appear in Monday’s editions of The Inter-Mountain.

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.