BUCKHANNON— On Tuesday, the Grafton High School (GHS) track teams traveled to Buckhannon for a meet that pinned them against tough competition from Philip Barbour, Elkins, Tucker County, Buckhannon-Upshur, Tygarts Valley and Lewis County High Schools.
Faced with fierce competitors and torrential down pours, the Bearcats saw some struggles on the evening, with the boys placing in seventh and the girls in sixth. However, despite the conditions, GHS worked toward personal goals and recorded a few top finishes.
For the Lady ‘Cats the combined efforts of the 4x400 relay team of McKenzie Flohr, Hadley Horne, River Sipes and Emily Viani finished with a time of 4:41.71, to earn second place.
Sophomore Viani was an outstanding member of the GHS Cross Country team this past fall, being the only qualifier for the state meet and now that the scenery has changed a bit for her, she continues to mold herself into a top runner.
In a close race, Viani took third in the 400-meter dash event, recording a time of 1:04.51.
In field events, Jerra Halbritter has been working on her strength in hopes of beating records that she came incredibly close to surpassing last season.
In the girls shot put, Halbritter landed in second place with a throw of 30 feet 11 inches.
For the boys, junior Seth Horne earned the team’s highest finish, claiming second in the boys pole vault with a final of 8-06.00.
Hayden Derk recorded a top five finish for the Bearcats in the 100-meter dash and placed sixth in the 400-meter.
Michael Niggemyer also picked up some points for Grafton, placing fourth in the 800-meter run with a finishing time of 2:19.31 and in the 1600-meter with a time of 5:06.74.
Additionally, Zach Nibert came in fifth in the long jump, recording a final jump of 18-02.50 and Cole Lambert took fifth in the discus with a throw of 109-05.
The ‘Cats also had a solid relay performance with Derk, Niggemyer, Horne and Braydon McCullough earning fourth in the 4x110 meter shuttle hurdles.