Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights’ Spencer Corely Setting the Bar High

Tyler Consolidated standout a force in distance, high jump

By Kyle Lutz Tyler Consolidated’s Spencer Corely jumps over the bar during the West Virginia High School state meet earlier this month. Corely claimed first place with a jump of 6-foot-4.

CHARLESTON — Only a sophomore, Tyler Consolidated’s Spencer Corely has already solidified himself as one of the premier runners for the next two years in Class A/AA cross country. Likewise when it comes to the distance events in track. Corely crossed the finished line in sixth place, good enough for a podium spot in the 1600 in a time of 4:41.69.

However, when it comes to track, Corely is one of a kind athlete.

“I’m a distance-high jumper,” Corely said. “Those things clash 100 percent.”

You heard that correctly. A distance runner participating in the field events. The case with Corely, though, is you have to pick your poison. Either he can cross the finish line before you or simply jump higher. Case in point, Corely claimed the West Virginia Class A state championship in the high jump May 18 when he leaped over the bar at 6-foot-4.

Corley set himself away from the pact as no other athlete in the Class A field cleared the bar over 6 feet. Four were able to jump over 5-10.

He also took home the top prize at the regional meet where he jumped over 6-2 and also took home gold at the LKC Championships (6-0).

Some other impressive accomplishments this year for Corely were the Kim Nutter Invitational Ritchie Pizza House Invite and the Cline Stansberry Invitational. At Kim Nutter, in a field of athletes from Class AAA schools, Corely was able to come away with the win with a jump of 5-10.

At the Ritchie Pizza House Invite, he tied a meet record leaping over the bar with at an impressive height of 6-6.

He broke the meet record at Cline Stansberry with a jump of 6-6.50.

“I started in seventh grade and I wasn’t really good when I started,” Corley said about his first high jumping experience. “Gradually, I started working harder and harder and it’s just practice. That’s all that is. Lifting, everything that comes together, is basically all I can say.”

“I can’t really explain it. I just go out there and jump. It’s kind of odd for me too, but I’m really happy with everything that has happened. I praise God for it.”

With his victory in the high jump, it only capped off a successful sophomore campaign in a Silver Knights uniform.

In the fall, Corley qualified to the Class AA/A state meet in cross country where he placed sixth at the regional meet. During the regular season, Corley crossed the finished line in the Top 10 in every race he participated in. His highest honors were a second place at John Marshall and Ritchie County.

He capped off his cross country year by placing 15th at Ona.

“Cross country… I’ve been running that since sixth grade,” Corely said. “Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to like track because I wasn’t allowed to start until seventh grade. Cross country has always been near and dear to my heart. The state cross country meet was a real fun experience.

“Well, I was actually up in the top 10 for the first two and a half miles. (During the state meet). Then, the cold got to me. The 5K has been really good, but the entire time after the 2.5 mile mark, I had nothing left after that. I used it all up at the beginning.”

Already having a gold underneath his belt, the soon-to-be junior already has his sights set on next year. And with his dedication and determination, he wants to claim the gold again in his favorite field event.

“I got two more years. I have really, really have lofty goals for high jump and running as well,” Corely said. “Next year, my overall goal for high jump, is, of course come back and try to win again. I like to get over the goal of 7-foot.”

“The only thing I can say is to work harder and wake up early in the morning, life and do everything that everybody else doesn’t want to do.”

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