Weir High’s Spencer Has Little Free Time on Hands

Standout starring in both track, baseball

Whether on the track or the baseball diamond, Weir High’s Donavan Spencer is a force to be reckoned with. Most of his days consists of school, then heading to practice of both spring sports.

WEIRTON — Playing a sport and going to school can be time consuming for a student-athlete. Weir’s Donavan Spencer has that times two. The multiple-sport standout plays baseball and runs track during the spring season.

“I would like to thank my baseball coach, Coach (Jason) Angle for letting me do this and my track coach Tom Taylor,” Spencer said. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible. Doing both … I’d say it’s hard, but I love it. I like staying busy. It wears me out, but it’s a lot of hard work. I’ll tell you that.”

All his hard work has been paying off. As a junior last year, Spencer was a standout on both the track and the baseball diamond. In 2016, he was a two-time state champion in West Virginia Class AA in track as he took home the gold in the 100 and 200 dash. In the 100 he edged out Bluefield’s Carlos Reed as he clocked in at 10.82. In the 200, Spencer distanced himself from the field a little bit and won his second gold medal in a time of 22.13 after he came in third place in the preliminaries.

Spencer was also on the 400 relay team that came in third place. He finished fourth in the race for the male high point award with 21.5.

“No doubt it’s high,” Spencer said about his expectations for track. “Everybody wants to repeat. Winning is hard, but doing it two years in a row is even harder. I have a target on my back and I have to work hard every day because someone is trying to get me.”

Spencer was solid in a baseball uniform as well as he compiled 22 hits and had a batting average of .349 and an on-base-percentage of .519 as the leadoff hitter. The Red Riders, however, came up one game short of playing in Charleston.

“I probably had one of my best years batting last year,” Spencer said. “This year I’m around the same right now and hoping to do better and get on base for my teammates.”

Spencer’s days can be pretty busy throughout the week. He will go through the normal school day and then go to baseball practice if it’s first. He then will go to the track or vice versa. With baseball practice usually first, Spencer will go to the track and do starts on his own. He will work on his starts and does 400s to keep him conditioned.

Speaking of the 400, Spencer also said that he wants to be a 400 runner and does some 800 workouts to get him ready for that because when he runs in college, he will be looked at to do the 400.

“That’s a man’s race,” Spencer said. “It is. But it’s something I eventually have to do in college. So I better get used to it now. I’ve been looked at by a couple of D-II, one D-I. But I’m waiting to see what they can give me and what I can do academically first and then make a decision.”

The target on Spencer’s back is getting bigger as he has run to multiple victories in the 100 this season. On March 25, he won it at the Steubenville Early Bird Invitational, then won it again at the Dick Dei Invite on April 8. On April 15, at the Shadyside Relays, he captured the 100 title yet again but broke his own school record timing in at 10.73. He also won the 200 at Steubenville and Shadyside and placed second at Dick Dei.

“Last year I broke the school record, which was my dad’s. So I’m hoping this year to break his 200 record. That’s the goal. And of course to repeat as OVAC champion and state champion,” Spencer said of his goals for track.

For the Red Riders baseball team, it’s just about the same goal and that is to make it to Charleston. As of April 19, Weir sits with a 9-6 record and won six straight games after starting the season 3-4. Spencer is contributing greatly as he has compiled a .341 batting average with 13 singles and two doubles. He also has nine stolen bases and has 12 runs scored.

“I need to do whatever I can to get our team down to state. Whatever it takes,” Spencer said. “We can do it. I have faith in us.”