State Track Day Two: Local athletes bring home gold; Runners-up Oak Glen Girls | News, sports, jobs

WHEELING – Another track season came to a red-hot end Saturday as Laidley Field hosted the second and final day of the W.Va. State Track Meet.

Running, jumping and throwing during a blistering day in Charleston, several track and field athletes return to the Ohio Valley as state champions after the second state day, while the Oak Glen Golden Bears return as Class AA’s second state champions after a solid team effort.


The Golden Bears girls finished second in Class AA with a total of 72 points, second only to Winfield. The Oak Glen program has been a long time coming.

“We haven’t been runner-up in 10 years,” Girls Head Coach Ashley Tharp said. “The last time we did it was 2014. It’s a complete team effort, we only have four seniors left so we’re young. Hopefully we can come back next year and do it again.”

Oak Glen brought 13 girls to the state meet and found success with almost all of them.

After winning the 3200 meters on Friday, Hannah Kliner won the 1600 meters on Saturday with a time of 5:21.12. She also finished fourth in the 800 meters.

Kensington McConnachie won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 6.25 inches.

Lacey Cameron finished fifth in the 1600 and sixth in the 800.

Reecelyn Craig finished third in the shot put and Kendall Six finished sixth in the long jump.

The Golden Bear girls also scored points in their relay. Their 4×200 meter relay finished seventh, while both their 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays were in second place.

“They are selfless,” Tharp said of her team. “Before we got to regionals, I sat down with the team. We had some seniors competing in some individual races, and we sat down and I said, ‘How are we going to get the most girls to states?’ So we took out some that might make it here, but not in the right place, and created our 4×800, we created different relays. They are just amazing, they put so much work into it, all of them.”

Tharp is an Oak Glen alum and was happy to see her alma mater back in the spotlight.

“My coach was Diane Wells and Steve McConnachie, and they did it 10 years ago,” Tharp said. “It’s good to follow in their footsteps and fill the biggest shoes possible and lead the team here.”

On the boys side, where Oak Glen placed 16th, Alex Dennis finished fifth in the discus, while Cody Willey finished sixth. Logan Murray placed eighth in the long jump.


Right behind the Golden Bears were the Weir Red Riders, whose girls team placed third in Class AA.

In the girls’ race, Olivia Baker won the 100 (12.83) and the 200 meter dash (26.55).

“I’m very excited,” Baker said. “This achievement honestly means so much to me. This is my sophomore track, and I’ve worked really hard and my team has worked really hard. It was such a great experience, to come here and win meant a lot.”

Last year, the senior finished sixth in the 200 meters.

The Red Rider 4×400 meter relay team of Baker, Gabriella Spickard, Naomi Young and Mea Kaufman also won gold, finishing in 4:12.84.

Kaufman placed third in the 400-meter dash, while Young placed fifth in the 800 meters.

Maleeigha Stromile finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, while their 4×200-meter relay team finished second.

On the boys side, Weir placed fourth in Class AA. Syncere Stevenson, Jacob Taylor, Landon Haught and Devan Colson claimed a Class AA state championship in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 43.80.

“We won this last year, but it was a whole new year and we have a freshman and a sophomore on the team now,” Colson said. “No one really thought we would win again this year. It feels really good, I’m happy that we were able to get these guys a state title, it really means a lot.”

One of those underclassmen, Landon Haught, was happy to keep his school at the top in the event, even though that wasn’t what he expected to accomplish at the start of the season.

“At the beginning of the year I was long distance,” Haught said. “During the time trials I had one of the fastest times, so I went for the 4×100 and 4×200. Now we are state champions and that feels great.”

Colson also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash and was second in the 200 meters. Taylor finished eighth in the 200 meters.

Two other Red Rider relays picked up points Saturday, with their 4×200-meter relay team placing third and 4×400-meter relay team eighth.

Anthony Zorbini finished fourth in the discus throw.


Wheeling Central’s boys finished fifth in Class A, while the girls placed fourth.

The Maroon Knights claimed state championships in multiple events. JJ White won the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.06, while he was also part of a gold medal 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay team.

White, Braden McWreath, Quinton Burlenski and Dominic Gianangelli combined for first place in both events, running the 4×100 in 43.70 and the 4×200 in 1:31.64.

“It feels great,” McWreath said. “It’s a long season and there’s a lot of practice and a lot of work put into it, it’s not an easy task. I just have to thank my lord and savior, Jesus Christ.”

“We knew we had a good time, we had good people on our relays,” Gianangelli said. “All we had to do was get the job done.”

It is the third year in a row that Central has won the 4×100 and 4×200. The Knights did it with a new face this year, with Burlenski appearing on the court for the first time this senior year.

“For me, I don’t really have a lot of experience with this because it’s my first year in a row, but I think my teammates and my coaches prepared me pretty well,” Burlenski said.

“That is the goal for us every year. It feels pretty good, I’m honored to run with these guys, it felt great to achieve this with them.”

McWreath is the only three-year runner to complete all victories in this stretch of excellence.

“Obviously, I couldn’t do this without great teammates, great coaches and a lot of support,” he said. “It’s a lot of work, but I couldn’t be more grateful.”

McWreath also finished third in the 100-meter dash. The Central boys 4×400 meter relay team placed third and Luke Minor placed seventh in the 400 meter relay.

On the girls side, Alexa Loy placed second in the high jump, Kayleigh Whittington placed third in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters, Ally Jefferson placed seventh in the 100 meters and Aniah Maltony placed sixth in the 200 meters. .

The Central girls 4×100 meter relay team placed third, while their 4×200 meter relay team placed fifth.


The Blue Eagles boys placed third in Class A, while the girls placed sixth as a team.

Champions for Magnolia included Dubale Greathouse, who won the high jump by clearing 6 feet, and freshman Jenna Blain, who won the 300-meter hurdles with a 46.06, and the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15 ,64.

Blain also finished third in the 200-meter dash.

Landen Davis placed third in the 1600 meters and sixth in the 800 meters. Shiv Patel finished eighth in the 1600 meters.

The boys’ team in the 4×200 meter relay finished seventh, as did the 4×100 meter relay team.

Leah Hartline finished fourth in the high jump and the Blue Eagles girls’ 4×100-meter relay finished fifth.


The Lumberjacks were 11th in the boys side of Class A, while the Lumberjills were 10th as a team.

Laken Dawson took gold in the long jump, clearing a distance of 16 feet, 10 inches for the girls Class A championship.

She also finished fourth in the 100 meter sprint.

Madelyn Campbell placed 8th in the 100 meter hurdles. The girls’ 4×100-meter relay team placed fourth and their 4×200-meter relay placed seventh.

On the boys side, Sean Bates finished third in the 300-meter hurdles and seventh in the 110-meter hurdles.

Gavin Derby finished fourth in the 200-meter sprint and fifth in the 100-meter sprint.


The Knights girls placed fourth as a team in Class A, while Tyler placed 12th in the men’s competition.

Lily Dillaman placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and finished third in the 100-meter hurdles.

Kathryn Grimm placed fourth in the high jump, while Amos Kimble placed fifth in the 1,600 meters. Bella Garuccio finished in a tie for sixth place in the high jump.

The Tyler girls 4×100-meter relay team finished seventh.


The Patriots girls and boys both finished 14th in Class AAA.

Kaylee Davis placed top four in the 100-meter dash and the girls 4 x 200-meter relay team finished in the top five.

Lily Hanna placed eighth in the 300-meter hurdles and K’Lyn Neider finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles.

The boys’ team in the 4×100 meter relay finished sixth.


The Wildcats girls finished with a 12th-place finish in the United States.

After being part of a title-winning shuttle hurdle team on Friday, Mady Still became the Wildcats’ second state champion in the 100-meter hurdles. Their girls team in the 4×100 meter relay finished eighth.


The Monarchs’ Zoe Zervos placed eighth in the 400-meter dash, and their girls 4×400-meter relay team placed sixth.


Andre Crossland took points for the Blue Dons boys on Saturday, finishing eighth in the 400 meters and tied for eighth in the high jump.

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