Photo-Finish at State Track Meet
CHARELSTON – Alex Doak only had one question after he finished the 100-meter dash at the West Virginia State Track Meet: who won?
To the naked eye, Jonathan Gore of Fayetteville and the Tyler Consolidated senior had crossed the finish line at the exact same time.
”I’m a little nervous right now,” he said after the race. ”I don’t know if I won or not.”
As it turned out, he did. By 0.01.
”That was very close,” he pointed out. ”It scared me there. I was freaking out the whole time.”
It was a different story after the senior ran the 200-meter.
Doak won that one by a 0.71 margin.
”That was a lot nicer (than the 100),” he said. ”I was more confident about my win in that one. It feels nice.”
In his individual events, Doak collected two gold medals to go along with a silver that he picked up in the 400-meter.
”I’m pretty satisfied with my performances (Saturday),” he said. ”It’s nice to know that things went the way they did.
”I’m just glad I’m done. Now I can relax.”
Doak also earned a bronze medal on the day as he joined Josh Ruble, Jacob Highley and Chistian Ice to finish third in the 4×100-meter relay.
Tyler’s Haylea LeMasters added another medal to her collection. The senior finished third in the long jump.
The Wheeling Central relay team of Aspen Matlock, Lindsey Baker, Beth Stayduhar and Bailey Clark came away from Laidley Field with all three of the top medals.
After winning the gold in the 4×410 shuttle hurdle relay on Friday, the group earned silver in the 4×200 and picked up a bronze in the 4×100 on the second day of competition.
The Madonna 4×400 relay of Gianna Anile, Chole Conner, Cameron Dowiak and Hannah Barger shaved nearly 12 seconds off their seedtime to earn a spot atop the podium where the group was all smiles as officials placed gold medals around their necks.
Bishop Donahue, Valley and Madonna each had an individual earn a bronze medal.
The Bishops’ Elaysia Hill finished third in the 100-meter dash, while the Lumberjack’s Spencer Mason earned his medal in the discus throw.
The Blue Dons’ Taylor Pavan placed third in the discus throw as well.
Even though Class AA only had two local teams in Charleston, Oak Glen and Weir, both schools made its presence known in the state capital.
The Red Riders, whose boys finished the meet tied for third with Fairmont Senior, had the only individual champion, Cole Slates in the 200-meter dash. Slates also finished second in the 400-meter and joined Jonathan Rice, Nathan Masters, and Clarence Bennett to capture the 4×200 relay.
Kenneth Muhart took the place of Masters as the group also won the 4×100.
Rice picked up an individual silver in the 100-meter, while Alexis Virture finished second in the 1,600-meter.
The Red Riders girls 4×200 relay of Klee Leathers, Raven Young, Shelva Burns and Chantelle Harper also finished with a silver medal.
The Golden Bear’s Alexis Burch picked up a silver medal in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter and earned a gold on the 4×400 relay with Megan Collins, Christen Mangano and Alex Arnott to help lead the team to a third place overall finish.
The Oak Glen boys 4×100 relay finished the state meet second. The relay consisted of Micah Swiger, Chris Bailey, Clayton Flowers and Josh Weltner.
Tori Derrow is leaving Charleston content.
The John Marshall freshman is also leaving the state capital with a silver medal hung around her neck from her performance in 100-meter hurdles.
”If I could have got out of the blocks faster, I could have placed higher, but I’m ok with how I did,” she said. ”It wasn’t my best time I ran all year, but getting second as a freshman, it’s a big accomplishment.
”I’m satisfied with how I did. As a freshman, coming down here is just a big accomplishment let alone placing second in anything. It’s just been a great experience.”
Derrow isn’t the only Monarch brining a silver medal back to Marshall County.
Senior Erica Haught also finished second in the 800-meter, while twin sister Ashley picked up bronze in the 400-meter.
Wheeling Park also had runners finish in the top three.
Senior Chase Bonar placed second in the pole vault behind Capital freshman Tristan Slater, who smashed the previous state meet record by 3-feet with a vault of 14-feet, 6 inches.
Patriots sophomore Nakysha McGhee earned two bronze medals at Laidley Field, one in the 100-meter and joined senior Ashley Grove, sophomore Chole Robb and junior Rakedra Webb in the 4×200 relay to earn her second.
Grove and Webb were also apart of the 4×400 relay along with Natalie Wiethe and Kamria O’Neal. The group finished in third place.