State competiton brings up season bests for GHS track


GRAFTON— The Grafton High School (GHS) girls track team ran their season bests in all five of the track events that they entered for the West Virginia High School State track meet.

“You really can’t ask for more than that,” head coach PD Louzy said about his Lady Bearcats’ performances during the meet. 

While competing, sophomore Emily Viani placed fourth in the 800-meter, in a time of 2:25.22, a PR by three seconds and a time fast enough to earn her All-State Honors. 

Coming in with a phenomenal finish in the 400-meter was freshman Hadley Horne. 

Horne may have come in seven but her finishing time of 1:02.27 set a new personal record for her in the event by half a second. 

Also earning All-State Honors was the Lady Bearcats 4x800 relay team of Horne, Mckenzie Flohr, River Sipes and Viani. 

According to Louzy, the team shaved ten seconds off their season best time, to claim fourth place at the state meet with a time of 10:24.77. 

That same group of Lady’ Cats also dropped their 4x400 time by two seconds, running 4:34.08, and in finishing 11th on the day. 

During Regional competition, the Grafton shuttle team of Jennah Charlton, Nevaeh Swisher, Aleecia Shelton and Payden Morris finished with a time of 1:21. Improving by a full four seconds, while at States, the team finished inside the top 15, landing in 13th with a time of 1:17.35. 

On the field event side, sophomore Jerra Halbritter finished 13th in the Shot Put and freshman Jennah Charlton represented the team in the Pole Vault.  

“Both of those young ladies probably didn’t have the results they were looking for, but still a great accomplishment of qualifying for the state meet,” Louzy commented. 

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group.  They put in the work this spring and it showed by the results,” he added. 

As a team, the Lady ‘Cats finished in 14th out of a possible 22. 

“Mckenzie (Flohr) and Payden (Morris) are the only seniors I had running today.  They will be missed for sure, but our future looks very bright,” imparted Louzy. 

The GHS boys track team was represented at States by their Shuttle Hurdle team of Hayden Derk, Brayden McCullough, Seth Horne and MJ Niggemyer, with S. Horne also competing individually in the Pole Vault.

The shuttle team made their way into the top ten, landing in ninth with a time of 1:05.18, while S. Horne also made the top ten cut, placing right at tenth, clearing a ten foot jump. 

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