Bearcats qualify for West Virginia state track meet

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KEYSER—The Grafton High School track team competed in the WV Region I AA Championships last Thursday, at Keyser High School. The Cats ran and jumped against teams from North Marion, Keyser, Oak Glen, Berkeley Springs, Fairmont Senior, Weir, Philip Barbour, Frankfort, East Fairmont and Petersburg. The top finishers in this meet will advance to run in the state Championships in Charleston at Laidley Field.

In team competition, the boys finished in ninth place with 27 points while the girls also finished in ninth place with 32 points.

In the girls individual events, Alyssa Wright earned her way to Charleston with a third place finish in the 100 meter dash while Sydney Keener will be representing GHS in the 300 meter hurdles.

Junior Micah Collins jumped her way to states with a third place finish in the high jump.

The relay team of Rachel McKinney, Alyssa Wright, Alison Utter and Suzie Clelland placed second in the 4X100 relay to earn a spot in Charleston.

Also headed to the Capital City is the relay team of Brooklyn Perks, Morgan Loomis, Alyssa Wright and Sydney Keener who place third in the 4X100 shuttle hurdles.

“Once again, the cold, rainy weather didn’t deter our athletes from turning in their best performances of the season,” said first year head coach Becky Lake. “We will proudly be sending eight athletes to states in a total of five events. Among our shuttle hurdle team and 4 X100 , Alyssa Wright will be representing Grafton in the 100m dash. Sydney Keener will anchor the shuttle hurdles as well as run the 300H. Micah Collins will be making her debut in the high jump. Alison Utter stepped in to fill the 4th leg of the 4x100 due to a hamstring injury suffered by Amber Poling this week in practice and did a stellar job,” she added.

On the boys side, Tristenn Cochran will be returning to Charleston against this year to compete in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. Cochran placed second in both events during the regional championships.

“Tristan has had one great season,” said head coach Wes Norris. “He will definitely be hard to replace after four great years running for GHS,” he added. 

Blaise Nibert will be making his first trip to Charleston for the Bearcats as he jumped his way to a third place finish in the long jump.

“I am so proud of Blaise for qualifying in the long jump. He has put in a lot of hard work and effort into making himself a better athlete,” said Norris. “It’s very rewarding to see these athletes succeed after being there to see the hard work and dedication they put into their sport,” he added.

The Bearcats will be headed to Charleston this Friday and Saturday to try to bring home individual and relay state titles to GHS.

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