Ten GHS runners qualify for State Track Meet

FARMINGTON—The Grafton High School track team completed last week in the regional track meet, at North Marion High School.

The Bearcats ran against teams from North Marion, Oak Glen, Fairmont Senior, East Fairmont, Weir, Frankfort, Philip Barbour, Berkeley Springs, Petersburg and Keyser.

As a team, the Lady Bearcats finished in 11th place, while the boys returned to Grafton in 10th place.

In individual and relay events, the Bearcats had ten athletes qualify to run next week, in the state tournament in Charleston, at Laidley Field.

For the girls, the 4x110 shuttle team of Sarah Snider, Brooke Runner, Shayla Poling and Tehya Hern took seventh-place, but the time was good enough to earn a spot in the WV Championships.

“I’m very proud of the performances exhibited this season,” said second-year head coach Becky Lake. “We’ve stressed the importance of continuing to work or improve your time regardless of the performance rankings.” 

“The shuttle hurdle team is a perfect example of this. Looking across the regions, we tend to be in the strongest which can sometimes be discouraging. Our girls never gave up. Had we been in another region, we would’ve had several more qualify for the state meet,” she continued.

According to Lake, the ladies continue to set goals for themselves each meet, and have never failed to reach them.

“The shuttle team is made up of senior Sarah Snider, Sophomore Brooke Runner and Freshmen Shayla Poling and Tehya Hern. Josie Grass and Sydney Puchalski will accompany us as alternates,” she noted.

On the boys side, Blaise Nibert finished fourth in the 200 meters and will be in Charleston next week.

Also going to the state capital will be Christopher Loomis, as he placed fourth in the high jump.

The relay team of Austin Saltis, Matthew Cather, Austin Timmons and Devin Criss will also be making the two-hour drive down I-79, as they placed sixth in the 4x800 relay.

“Christopher (Loomis) was an awesome surprise for us in the high jump,” said boys head coach Wes Norris. “I knew he could do it but he just had to believe in himself.”

“Blaise (Nibert) had a rough day but really made up for it with an impressive time in the 200. We had a couple of more teams and individuals just miss going to state by fractions of a second, but you have to remember we are in one of the strongest regions in the state,” he added.

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