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Central’s Scott Wins 3200 Title

Photo by Cody Nespor Wheeling Central’s Aiden Scott gives his all down the final stretch of the 3200 during the WVSSAC Class A State Track Meet Friday in Charleston. Scott won the state title with a time of 10:05.80.

CHARLESTON — There’s leaving it all on the field, and then there’s whatever Wheeling Central sophomore Aiden Scott did while winning the state title in the 3200 Friday night.

Running at the WVSSAC Class A State Track Meet in Charleston, Scott led the field of runners for the first four laps of the 3200 before falling back into fifth or sixth place. Then with two laps to go, Scott found an extra gear and ran his way into second place behind Wood Country Christian’s Michael Cline. Over the final lap, however, Scott used whatever he had left in the tank to leave Cline behind and win the race by more than 3.5 seconds with a time of 10:05.80.

“He has a very good kick,” said Central long-distance coach Courtney Garlse. “He knows what to do and when to do it at the right time. We work on it all the time and talked about it before the race. He knows what he’s doing, has it paced well and knows just the right spot to kick in to keep that lead.”

Gals said Scott, who was unavailable for comment as he recovered from the race, executed his plan perfectly throughout the eight-lap race, leaving just enough gas in the tank for his final push down the stretch.

“He wanted to not even really lead, but just keep pace with others and keep his time consistent,” Gals explained. “The 3200 is a bit more mentally challenging because you have more laps. You don’t want to start too strong or too slow and then not be able to catch up.”

Scott already won a state cross country title in the fall and will look to add to his trophy case later today as the top seed in both the 800 and 1600 races.

In the 1600 and 800, he’s very strong in both of those,” Gals said. “The 1600 is his favorite, so he knows how to do that one very well.”

Central’s runners overall had a good first session Friday evening. Cooper Blair qualified for today’s finals in the 100 preliminaries (7th, 11.67) and 200 preliminaries (4th, 23.21). Joining Blair in the 100 finals will be teammate Braden McWreath, who qualified with a time of 11.72 in eighth place.

Three local boys medaled Friday in Valley’s Triton Bates, Magnolia’s Austin Beverlin and Tyler Consolidated’s Sage Landis.

Beverline and Bate finished fifth and sixth in the long jump with leaps of 19-7.5 and 19-4, respectively, while Landis finished fifth in the pole vault clearing 11-6.

Paden City’s Shane Anderson qualified for today’s finals in the 100 hurdles with a fifth-place finish in 16.61.

On the girls’ side of things, Tyler’s Bella Garuccio will be coming home with a fifth-place medal in the high jump as she cleared 5-0.

Three local athletes qualified for today’s 100 finals in Magnolia’s Jaci Rohde (3rd, 13.28), and Madonna’s Angelina Spickard (5th, 13.55) and Gabriella Spickard (6th, 13.72). Angelina Spickard also qualified for the 200 finals, finishing seventh in the preliminaries with a time of 28.17.

Paden City’s Hallie McDonald will run in the 100 hurdles finals after finishing fifth in the preliminaries Friday in 17.22.

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