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PCHS girls place first at Moorefield and Richwood track meets

Bruce McKean
Contributing Writer

The Pocahontas County High School track teams traveled to Moorefiled High School April 17 for a Class A small meet (three schools) that also included East Hardy High School. Athletes who placed in the first four positions in each individual event were awarded 5, 3, 2 and 1 points respectively. Only the top two teams in relay events scored 5 and 3 points respectively. The Lady Warriors placed first in the girls meet with 79 points, followed by EHHS – 40 and MHS – 38.  The EHHS boys finished in first place with 74 points, followed by PCHS – 57 and MHS – 29. The PCHS girls left the meet with 10 gold medals, six silver, five bronze and one fourth place. The Warriors took home six gold medals, five silver, frou bronze and four fourth places. 

Senior Cora Hedrick finished in first place in three individual events:  800m – 2:53.74, 1600m – 6:57.57, and 3200m – 15:46.47. Sophomore Laila Calhoun also placed in three individual events: #1 in 200m – 29.65, #3 in 400m and #3 in 800m. Two girls placed in two individual events: junior Bridget Carroll #1 in discus – 103-01 and #2 in shot, and sophomore Sage McLaughlin #1 in 400m – 1:07.46 and #2 in 800m. Girls placing in one individual event were: senior Kaitlyn Lester #3 in discus, junior Irish Simmons #2 in high jump, sophomore Charity Warder #2 in discus, sophomore Cloey Sharp #3 in high jump, sophomore Kira Bircher #3 in 200m, freshman Kiara Davis #4 in 100m, freshman Tessa Kiner #1 in 300m hurdles – 1:04.33, freshman Destiny Vandevender #1 in 100m – 13.81, and freshman Cheylin Woodruff #2 in 200m.

The girls 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams both finished first in times of 58.25 and 2:04.69 respectively. Bircher, Woodruff and freshman Savannah McMillion were on both winning teams while Davis ran the 4x100m and McLaughlin ran the 4x200m. The girls 4x400m team (Bircher, McLaughlin, McMillion and Hedrick) placed second. Hedrick (16.25 points) and Bircher placed in the maximum four events.  

Five boys placed first in two individual events: senior Gus Foe #1 in 3200m – 13:18.73 and #2 in 1600m, senior Trey Rabel #2 in 200m and #4 in 100m, junior Cody Kiner #2 in high jump and #4 in 200m, sophomore Dakin Rexrode #2 in 3200m and #3 in 1600m, and freshman Silas Riley #4 in 1600m and #4 in 3200m.  Boys placing in one individual event were:  junior Jacob Jones #1 in 400m – 55.24, junior Elijah Robertson #1 in 110m hurdles – 17.53, junior Kyle Cohenour #1 in 800m – 2:17.61, junior Hunter Shafer #3 in 300m, junior Logan Woodruff #3 in 800m, and sophomore Thomas Smith #3 in shot, 
The boys 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams both finished first in times of 4:07.74 and 9:21.77 respectively. Jones, Cohenhour, and Woodruff were on both winning teams while Robertson ran the 4x400m and Foe ran the 4x800m. The boys #3 West Virginia A ranked 4x110m shuttle hurdles team (Jones, Robertson, Shafer and Woodruff) placed second – 1:07.33, and #2 ranked East Hardy placed first.  If the times of this meet had been submitted this week, EHHS would have been ranked #5 (were ranked #6 this week), and PCHS would have been ranked #7— the same ranking they received this week. Jones and Woodruff placed in the maximum four events.  

Seven Class A teams competed in the Richwood Class A Invitational meet April 18. Since six of the seven schools are members of the Coalfield Conference, that meet should be a preview of the Coalfield Conference Meet at Richwood on Tuesday, May 1. The scores of the top four girls teams at Richwood were: PCHS – 148 points, M. Trail – 145, Richwood – 93, and Greenbrier West – 61. The boys top four point totals were:  Webster – 123, Richwood – 118, PCHS – 98, and M. Trail – 83.  The results of the Richwood meet were not submitted in the normal format, and the format did  not provide all the needed information for reporting on that meet. 

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