FARMINGTON – The Grafton High School track teams competed in the regional championships last weekend at North Marion High School with a chance to advance into the WV State Finals this weekend in Charleston. And advance is what they accomplished as GHS will send 17 of its finest athletes to the biggest meet in the state.
On the girls side of the track, Coach Becky Lake will send 12 girls to compete.
Jadyn Blackhurst, Josie Grass, Alison Utter and Hanna Moats will run in the 4X100 while Blackhurst, Jacinda Devart, Alyssa Satterfield and Meredith Maier will test their speed in the 4X400. Brooke Runner, Utter, Brylee Knotts and Maier will compete in the 4X100 shuttle event. The alternates for the relays will be Devart (4X100), Emma Curry (4X400) and Stephanie Collins (shuttle). Maier will also represent GHS in the 100 meter hurdles with Knotts looking to capture the win in the long jump.
“I can’t say enough about the strength and camaraderie of this team,” said Coach Lake. “These girls knew what it was going to take to make the trip to Charleston and set their sights on the state meet early in the season. They continually crushed their PRs (personal records) each meet on this journey. With 12 girls competing at the state level and only two seniors, we have big things to look forward to in the years to follow. Coach Wood and I couldn’t be more proud,” she added.
On the boys side of the track, Coach Wes Norris will take five of his athletes to the state capital.
Senior Blaise Nibert will make the trip to see if he can continue to dominate in the long jump while his brother Luke will see how he matches up in the high jump. Blaise will also be competing in the 200 meters. The relay team of Luke, Blaise, Matt Cather and Braydon McCullough will run in the 4X100. The alternate for GHS in the 4X100 will be Matthew Derk.
“I am so proud of these young men and they have definitely earned it this year,” said Coach Norris. “They have worked through some injuries and some adversity on and off the track. I am definitely going to miss this senior class,” he added.
The WV State Finals will begin on Friday at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field in Charleston.