CHARLESTON— Eleven members of the Grafton High School track teams headed to Charleston, on Friday, to compete in the West Virginia AA state track meet. And one of those Bearcats came home a state champion.
Senior Tristenn Cochran, crossed the finish ahead of all of his competitors in the 300 meter hurdles, in a time of 39.73, to earn his first state championship.
Cochran also placed third in the 110 meter hurdles, with a time of 15.26.
“It’s been a great season and a great career for Tristenn Cochran ,” said veteran head coach Wes Norris.
“The hard work and the 400m days really paid off. He and his leadership abilities will truly be missed. I am proud to have coached him. Some coaches never get a chance to a state champion, and Tristenn is my second in seven years as the GHS coach,” he added.
Blaise Nibert also had a strong showing placing 13th in the long jump, with a jump of 18-06.00.
On the girls side, the 4X100 relay team of Brooklyn Perks, Morgan Loomis, Alyssa Wright and Sydney Keener earned a fifth place finish, with a time of 1:09.15, which is 2.3 seconds faster than their regional time, and the 4X100 team of Rachel McKinney, Alyssa Wright, Alison Utter and Suzie Clelland place seventh, with a time of 52.95.
Sydney Keener also placed 13th in the 300 meter hurdles, with a time of 49.98, while team mate Micah Collins placed 13th in the high jump, with a jump of 4-08.00.
“This weekend, at the state track meet, I witnessed this group of athletes competing with their hearts,” said first year head coach and former state champion Becky Lake.
“They achieved personal records in every event. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls! It’s truly been an honor to coach this team, and I’d like to wish the best to our seniors, Sydney Keener and Morgan Loomis. Their dedication and great work ethic will propel them to succeed on whatever path life takes them,” she added.