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Magnolia’s Beisel Claims 400 at State Track Meet

Central’s Scott is runner-up in 3,200 with time of 10:11.88

CHARLESTON — The Magnolia boys track team got off to a fast start Wednesday evening as the W.Va. Class A state track meet kicked off at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.

Jason Beisel set the tone for the Blue Eagles.

Going into the 400 meter dash with the fastest heat time, he left no doubt en route to victory as he clocked in at 50.97.

“It’s good to go out on top as a champion,” Beisel said. “It felt real good to make a statement for the Magnolia Blue Eagles and to lead this team. But we’re not done yet.”

And make a state Magnolia did indeed.

Along with Beisel, Gavin Postlethwait and Gavin Herrick claimed podium spots for the Blue Eagles in the 400. Postlethwait clocked in at 51.91 good enough for third place while Herrick was right behind him placing fourth (52.85).

With their finishes, Magnolia secured 20 points and sit in front of the Class A field after two events.

The remainder of the Class A state championship will resume today at 11 a.m.

“I got to give most of the credit to my assistant coach Trey Meeks,” Magnolia boys track coach Travis Emch said. “He was able to get the guys prepared.

“He was able to get them believing and keep them focused and basically we kept preaching to come execute.

“He challenged a couple of guys to go outside their comfort zone and really make a push. They took care of business and did exactly what the coaches asked them to do.”

It’ll be back to business for Beisel and the Blue Eagles as the senior is the top seed in the 100 and 200. Magnolia also has the fastest heat time in the 4×400.

It was also a great first race in Charleston for Wheeling Central freshman Aidan Scott.

The Maroon Knight standout placed second in the 3200 timing in at 10:11.88, just .32 seconds behind Doddridge County’s Carter Lipscomb (10:11.60).

Scott will be back in action today and will run the 1600.


Tyler Consolidated’s Hadyn Brown was inadvertently left out of Tuesday’s state track preview story in The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register.

Brown will compete in the high jump for the Silver Knights and is the top seed on the Class A heat sheet.

Brown also secured a Class A regional championship when he cleared the bar at 6-02.


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