CHARLESTON — The Elkins High School girls’ 4×800 relay team captured the state title Friday afternoon at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field during the Class AA portion of the state track and field championships.
The unit of sophomore Kiley Edwards, junior Anna Belan, sophomore Samantha Sproul and senior Addie Berdine turned in a time of 10:18.59 to outdistance runner-up Wayne’s effort of 10:23.59.
The Lady Tigers turned in a third-place showing in the 4×400 relay as Kiley Edwards, Belan and freshmen Gracelin Corley and Laney Fletcher had a time of 4:21.70.
The 4×200 relay (Belan, Corley, junior Kaleigh Edwards and Fletcher) placed eighth in a time of 1:55.94 and sophomore Alyson Evick was 10th in the 300 hurdles (54.25).
Philip Barbour was led individually by junior Callee Collins’ fifth-place showing in the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.82 and junior Cadie Kittle, who placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 91-03.
The shuttle hurdle relay of junior Callee Collins, junior Lydia Phillips, freshman Preslea Miller and junior Garyona Riffle was fourth in a time of 1:11.08.
The 4×800 relay of freshman Phaedra Payne, sophomore Megan Mitchell, freshman Layna Grassi and junior Audrey Williams placed eighth (10:49.98), the 4×200 relay (Phillips, Collins, Miller and junior Desiree Knotts) was ninth (1:56.12) and the same group 10th in the 4×100 (55.16), Phillips was seventh in the 300 hurdles (51.93) and Williams was ninth in the 800 (2:34.98).
Winfield rolled to the girls team title with 159 points to outdistance North Marion’s 55 points. Fairmont Senior (53), Point Pleasant (50.50) and Oak Glen (45) rounded out the top five.
Elkins (20) turned in a top 10 showing by tying Lewis County for eighth and Philip Barbour (7) tied Weir for 16th.
For the EHS boys, the 4×800 relay of junior Luke Anger, freshman Nate Hulver, sophomore Isaiah Sigley and junior Charlie Smoak placed sixth in a time of 8:42.52.
Anger was eighth in the 1,600 (4:40.41) and the 4×200 relay of Sigley, sophomore Zane George, Hulver and Dante Ramirez was ninth (1:38.33).
DeShawn Webster led Philip Barbour with a fourth-place finish in the long jump with an effort of 20-10.50.
The 4×100 relay of sophomore Jacob Davies, junior Matthew Croston, freshman Brandan Carpenter and Webster was eighth (47.09).
The shuttle hurdle and 4×400 relays were scheduled for later on Friday.
Point Pleasant took the boys title with 86 points, followed by Winfield (74), Oak Glen (55), Fairmont Senior (50) and Keyser (47) to comprise the top five.
Elkins tied for 24th win one point and Philip Barbour was 21st with four points.
The Class AAA state meet got underway later on Friday with the running of the 400-meter dash and 3,200-meter run. The remainder of the triple-A portion of the state meet is set to get begin at 11 a.m. today.