From Staff Reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One year year after Bria Welker and Katie Jan dominated the West Virginia Class AA State Track and Field Championships with a combined seven individual state championships and 74 team points, only to come up two agonizing points short of a team state championship for the Frankfort Falcons, the two were at it again on Saturday at Laidley Field, and this time the Falcons came home to a rousing Falcon Stadium welcome as West Virginia state champions. And this year, it wasn’t even close.
Welker again won four state championships, and Jan again won three, as Frankfort ran away with the Class AA state title with 82 points to second-place Bridgeport’s 64 in besting the 18-team field to come home state champs.
Welker finished first in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.47 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 25.67 seconds, falling short of the state record she set a year ago. She did, however, tie her state record of a year ago in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.13 seconds. Her fourth state title came in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 45.45 seconds.
Jan repeated as state champion in the distance races, taking the 800 meters in 2:19.02, the 1600 in 5:09.38 and the 3200 in 11:26.78. She was also on the 4 x 400 relay team that finished fourth in a time of 4:18.06 with Brooke Snyder, Sarah Dayton and McKenna Miller. Miller also finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.27 seconds.
Brooke Snyder finished fifth in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.37.
The Falcons also finished fourth in the 4 x 100-meter relay in 52.31 seconds with the team of Madison Pfaff, Dayton, Snyder and Miller.
Keyser, which finished fifth with 49 points, was led by Kendra Johnson, who won state titles in the shot put with a mark of 34-07.50 and the discus at 101-07. Allison Evans won the pole vault with a mark of 9 feet, and also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.33 seconds. Evans was also on the third-place 4 x 200 relay team (1:50.11) with Cecilia Napier, Crystal Kuglar and Sharia Hernandez.
The Golden Tornado’s Hernandez also finished second in the 300 hurdles in a time of 46.87 seconds.
Ritchie County won the boys meet with 67 points, followed by Roane County with 50 points. Keyser finished sixth with 37 points.
Keyser’s Blake Ravenscroft finished third in the 200-meter dash (23.43), fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.58) and was on the 4 x 200 relay team that finished fourth (1:33.69) along with Deondre Williams, Amonte Turner and Jonathan Guinn.
The Golden Tornado’s Tyler Hamilton finished third in the discus (146-09), while the 4 x 800 relay team of Craig Westfall, Zack Johnson, Jordan Lawrence and Timmy Biser finished third (8:55.22). Also for Keyser, Westfall finished fourth in the 400 meters (51.95) and sixth in the 800 (2:02.76).
Ryan Hickey finished fourth in the pole vault for Keyser (11-06) and Amonte Turner finished fifth in the long jump (19-03.50).
Petersburg scored two team points as the shuttle-hurdle relay team of Aaryn Haller, Garrett Willis, Kelson Thorne and Grant Shanholtz finished fifth in a time of 1:02.56.