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Magnolia Boys, Girls Runner-Up at Class A Regional Track Meet

May 15, 2019
By Ed Parsons - Editor , Wetzel Chronicle

Tyler Consolidated, Magnolia, Paden City, Hundred and Valley all qualified kids for the 2019 State Track Meet on Thursday at the WVSSAC REGION 1-A Track and Field Championships held at St. Marys high school. Magnolia came in second to Ritchie County in the team standings and Tyler Consolidated finished third.

The Silver Knights Mark Rucker, fresh off an injury that has kept him sidelined most of the season blazed to the finish line to win the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.48 to give the Knights 10 points, and qualify for the State Meet in the event. Coming in fourth in the race was Rucker's teammate Griffin Phillips with a 12.20 good for four team points.

Cody Soles of Hundred won the 200 meter dash for a chance at Charleston with a time of 24.14 for 10 Hornet points. Magnolia's Damon Shimp a freshman will head to Charleston for this weekends state meet as he finished second for eight points with a 24.37. The Silver Knights Nick Gorby came in fourth with a 24.95 to give the Knights four points.

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Magnolia’s winning 4x400 relay team consisting of Patrick Mirandy, James Stillwagoner, Spencer Shepherd and Logan Beegle.

In the 400 meter dash Magnolia took top honors as Pat Mirandy ran a 51.04 for 10 points and a trip to the big race. He was followed by teammate Jason Beisel with a 51.52 for eight points and a chance at state. The Silver Knights Destry Nelson won a trip to Charleston with his fourth place run of 53.43 which gave the Knights four points.

The 800 meter run featured Magnolia's Spencer Shephard with a second place finish earning a trip south with a time of 2:05.12 for eight points. Teammate Gavin Herrick came in sixth with a 2:11.70 for one point.

The Tyler Consolidated Knights qualified two runners to Charleston in the 1600 meter run with Spencer Corley picking up eight points with a second place finish in 4:45.33 while James Streets got an at large bid with a 5:01.56 while providing the Silver Knights with four more points.

The Silver Knights sent two more runners to the big dance as junior hurdler Zack Placer came up huge with a 15.79 in the high hurdles to beat out Ritchie Counties top man for first place and 10 points. Senior hurdler Nathan Barker a WLU recruit finished in third place with a 16.01 to give the Knights six additional points. Placer also qualified in the 300 meter lows coming in third with a time of 43.46. Magnolia's Mirandy got his second first place of the night with a winning time of 41.32 to give Magnolia 10 points, teammate Marcus Barnes added a point to their total with a sixth place time of 46.11.

Tyler Consolidated won the 4x100 meter race with a time of 45.34 for 10 team points as they edged out the Blue Eagles who finished second with a 45.99 good for eight points. The Silver Knights took the lead in the first leg as speedster Mark Rucker gave the baton to Griffin Phillips who passed it to Nathan Barker, Barker handed to Nick Gorby who raced down the stretch to nip the Blue at the finish line. Magnolia's team consisted of Jason Beisel, Sebastian Stickler, Kyle Thomas, and James Stillwagoner. Both teams qualified for Charleston.

The Blue Eagles and Silver Knights both qualified in the 4x200 as well with Magnolia finishing third and the Knights grabbing an at large bid with fourth place. The Blue Eagles ran a 1:35.58 with Beisel, Stillwagoner, Damon Shimp, and Logan Beegle. The Knights ran a 1:37.38 with Nelson, Barker, Gorby and Placer.

The Blue Eagles won first in the 4x400 with a team of Stillwagoner, Beegle, Shephard and Mirandy, with a time of 3:35.91 good for 10 points and a trip South. The Silver Knights picked up six points with a third place finish to qualify for the state meet with a team of Nelson, Corley, Austin Timmons, and Gorby.

The 4x800 meter relay saw the Knights get second place with a team of Corley, Nelson, Streets, and Timmons, in a time of 8:52.18 for eight points and a chance at the win at the state meet. Magnolia came in third with a 9:01.06 from a team of Gavin Herrick, Beegle, Shephard, and Beisel, good for six points, to qualify for the state meet. Hundred High School finished in sixth place with a team of Jacob Kuhn, Joseph White, Martin Baker, and William Lemasters, in a time of 9:50.69, for one team point.

The 110 meter shuttle hurdle relay race was a dandy with the Silver Knights getting edged out at the finish line by Ritchie County. The Knights ran a 1:01.81 with the team of Barker, Elijiah Day, Timmons, and Placer, good for eight points, earning a trip to the state meet. Paden City also qualified for the state meet with an at large bid in a time of 1:07.55, for fifth place and two points with a team of Alex M cCoy, Parker Higgins, Jasup Spragg, and Kylar Wade.

The boys high jump was no surprise as the Silver Knights Spencer Corley bested the field with a jump of 6'2" to grab first place and maintain his number one seed heading to Charleston. He added 10 individual points to the Knights team total. Magnolia's Matt Gaiser got third with a jump of 5-08.00 for six points qualifying for the state meet.

Cody Soles of Hundred finished fifth with a jump of 5-04.00 for two points. Steven Judge of Tyler picked up one point for the Knights with a pole vault of 9-06.00 for sixth place.

Jacob Miller of Magnolia qualified for state with a third place long jump of 18-03.25, good for six points. Justin Bowman of Tyler got fourth with a leap of 17-11.00 for four points, while Hundred's Soles finished in fifth place with a 17-08.00 and two points.

In the shot put Magnolia took first place with Jakob Barrows tossing 48-00.50 for 10 points. Paden City took second place honors and a trip to the state meet by EJ Weber as he got off a 46-07.50 for eight Wildcat points. Jared Barrows finished in the third spot with a toss of 44-07.00 for six points and a trip down south. Tyler's Jacob Sharp with a fifth place toss of 42-10.00 got two points for the Knights and earned an at large bid to Charleston. The Wildcats added a second thrower to the state meet with Jason Anderson getting an at large bid with a sixth place 41-05.00.

In the discus throw the Blue Eagles Jakob Barrows picked up his second first for 10 more points with a throw of 135-11. Paden City's Anderson got fifth with a throw of 114-00 for two Wildcat points.

Girls: Local Teams send large contingent of girls to the state track meet. In the 100 meter dash Paden City junior speedster Abbe Satckpole broke the 13 second mark by nearly two seconds with a 12.84 but was just nipped at the finish line by Wheeling Central's senior who ran a 12.80. Stackpole earned her right to the state meet in the event scoring eight points for the Wildcat girls. Magnolia freshman Jaci Rohde ran a 13.03 for third place at a bid at state while giving Magnolia six points. Magnolia freshman Audry Cross and Silver Knight freshman Caleigh Phillips both earned at large bids to the state meet with fifth and sixth place finishes.

The 200 meter dash was another photo finish between Stackpole and Wheeling Central with Stackpole getting second 26.63 to 26.96. She earned another spot in Charleston with the run while supplying the Cat's with six more points. Tyler freshman Jocelyn Foltz ran a 28.19 for fourth place and four points plus an at large chance in Charleston. Magnolia's Cross also got an at large bid with a fifth place 28.48.

In the 400 meter dash Magnolia's Bre Herrick came in third for six points and a trip south with a 1:04.29. Paden City's Cora Anderson finished sixth with a 1:06.36 good for a Wildcat point. The 800 meter run had Magnolia's Audrey Hall in fifth with a 2:42.99 for two points and Tyler's Katie Pratt in sixth with a 2:45.40 and one point.

Magnolia took second in the 3200 meter run with a time of 13:21.97 by Karina Patel good for eight points and a chance at state. Hundred freshman Rachel Snedden got fifth with a 13:53.89 and two points. Emma Paden of Tyler got sixth with a 14:46.00 good for one point.

Hallie McDonald of Paden City qualified for state in the 100 meter hurdles with a third place time of 17.44 good for six Wildcat points. Magnolia's Liza Clegg got fourth for four points with a 17.59 and an at large bid for state. The Silver Knights Emily Lancaster got an at large bid to state with a fifth place finish in a time of 17.67 for one point. In the 300 meter hurdles Magnolia got fourth and fifth from Clegg and Leneica Grimm in times of 53.33 and 54.16 good for a combined six points.

Paden City finished second in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 53.41 for eight points with a team of McDonald, Mallory Yeater, Maggi Still, and Stackpole. Magnolia finished third with a team of Herrick, Kennedy Parsons, Cross, and Rohdi, in a time of 53.78 for six points.

The girls 200 meter relay also had Paden City in second place with a time of 1:52.50 for eight points with the team of McDonald, Yeater, Anderson, and Stackpole. Magnolia was third with a team of Herrick, Parsons, Cross, and Rohdi, in a time of 152.75 for six points. Tyler Consolidated also qualified for state with an at large fifth place finish time of 1:58.16 for two points with a team of Phillips, Landry Buchanan, Victoria Yost, and Foltz. Hundred finished sixth with a team of Addie Tuttle, Brooke Yoho, Emily Metz, and Katherine Henderson, in a time of 2:00.39 and one point.

The 4x400 meter relay saw Magnolia and Paden City both getting at large bids for state with fourth and sixth place times of 4:32.08 and 4:48.74. Magnolia's team consists of Olivia Mensore, Herrick, Hall, and Parsons. Paden City's team is McDonald, Hope Weber, Anderson, and Yeater. Magnolia also placed fourth in the 4x800 meter relay with a team of Mensore, Mikalyn Renner, Clegg, and Hall in a time of 11:04.80 and an at large state bid.

The Silver Knights shuttle hurdle relay team of Rachel Thomas, Makayla Haught, Lancaster, and Rachal Hashman are headed to state with a third place finish in a time of 1:13.31, good for six points. Magnolia picked up fourth and an at large bid to state with a team of Alyssa Kocher, Sarah Morgan, Grimm, and Clegg in a time of 1:14.63 for two points.

Hundred's Katherine Henderson took second in the high jump with a jump of 4-10.00 for eight points at a shot the championship in Charleston. The Hornets Emily Metz took sixth place with a jump of 4-06.00 good for one point. In the pole vault Silver Knight Emily Lancaster got a personal best 10-00.00 to qualify for Charleston with a second place finish and eight points. The Knights Eden Turner finished fourth for four points with a vault of 7-00.00.

The Blue Eagle Rohdi took second in the long jump with a leap of 15-10.00 for eight points and a trip south, Tyler's Foltz got sixth for a point with a 13-09.25.

Magnolia came up big in the shot put and discus winning first and second in each event. Mady Winters took first in the shot and Kendra Pilant got second while it was reversed in the discus. Winters tosses the shot put 37-03.00 and Pilant went for 34-05.50 for a combined total of 18 points. In the discus Pilant threw 119-02 and Winters threw 115-10 for another 18 points. Valley's Brittany Kennedy threw the shot put 30-09.00 for fourth place and an at large bid to state. Paden City's Hope Weber threw 28-08.00 for sixth and one point. Weber got off a throw of 95-07 in the discus for fourth place and four points plus a bid at large to the state meet.

Magnolia boys and girls both finished second at the meet while the Silver Knights boys came in third. Paden City's girls got sixth place and the Silver Knights finished seventh.



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