CHARLESTON — Champions will be crowded this week with the West Virginia State Track Meet opening today on Laidley Field at UC Stadium in Charleston.
A plethora of local athletes will make the trip south with hopes of making the return trip with hardware in tow.
The meet will begin with Class AA competition today and end with Class A on Saturday. Each class will compete over two days, overlapping a bit with one another. Class AA will compete today and Thursday, Class AAA Thursday and Friday and Class AA Friday and Saturday.
Below is a roundup of all the local athletes who qualified for the meet.
Class AA Girls
Both Oak Glen and Weir are sending large contingents of athletes to Charleston.
The Red Riders are sending Elena Mastratoni in the 200, Naomi Young in the 800, Izzy Bernola in the 100 hurdles and Kendall Drobish in the shot put. Drobish, Eli Cowden and Rylie Baker will all also compete in the discus.
Weir also had qualifying teams in the 4×100, 4×800 and 4×100 shuttle hurdle relays.
Kamela Ward leads the Golden Bears, qualifying in the 100, 200 and 400. She is the top seed in the 200 with a time of 26.30.
Kensington McConnachie will compete in the 100 and long jump while Sophia Arner and Hannah Kliner will both run in the 800 and 1600. Gracie Wright qualified in the 300 hurdles, Natasha Ward in the long jump and Reecelyn Craig in the shot put.
OG will also have teams in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 relays. The Bears are the top seed in the 4×800 with a time of 10:24.99).
Class AA Boys
Oak Glen’s Konnor Allison enters as one of the premier distance runners in the meet as the top seed in both the 800 (2:00.48) and 1600 (4:35.01). Teammates Nick Gallo and Mason Jonchar will also run in the 1600. Gallo will also run in the 3200 while Konchar qualified for the 800.
Isaiah Franklin will run in the 200, Matthew Greenlief in the 400 and Cameron Tropeck in the 300 hurdles.
OG also has relay teams in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×110 shuttle hurdle.
Weir also has a top seed in Jay Nosko, who leads the high jump with a seed mark of 6-2.
Devan Colson, Brayden Lawton and Jamari Bass will all run in the 100 while Colson also qualified for the 200. Josh Duffy will compete in the 3200, Kanye Green and Damar Tuner in the long jump and Myles Rice in the shot put and discus.
The Red Riders also qualified for every relay, the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800 and 4×110 shuttle hurdle.
Class AAA Girls
A pair of local rivals will be vying for gold in the high jump as John Marshall’s Camryn Mowder (5-4) and Wheeling Park’s Ja’liah Walker (5-2) are the top two seeds in the event.
Mowder will also compete in the long jump while teammate Sierra Taylor qualified in the 300 hurdles. The Monarchs will also have a team in the 4×100 shuttle hurdle relay.
Walker leads a large group of Patriots that included Kaylee Davis in the 100 and 200, Abby Barki in the 400, Olivia Charlton in the pole vault and Adriana Fazzin in the discus. Sophie Abraham and Lily Hanna both also qualified in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
The Patriots will have teams in every relay, the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800 and 4×110 shuttle hurdle.
Brooke is sending Johnna Knorr in the long jump and Hannah Buterbaugh in the shot put.
Class AAA Boys
Wheeling Park’s Jerrae Hawkins looks to solidify his claim as the fastest boy in the state as the top seed in the 100 (10.46) and the No. 2 seed in the 200 (21.89). He is joined in the 100 by teammate Christian Bryan.
The Patriots also sends several distance runners with Jonah Nizami in the 800 and 1600, Ben Ashmore in the 1600 and Brady Miller in the 3200. Adam Carman qualified in the pole vault, Michael Hogan in the shot put and Trevor Howell in the discus.
Park also has teams in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 relays.
John Marshall is sending MacK Allen in the 3200 and jumpers Ashton Collett and Dimario White in the long jump. Collet will also compete in the high jump.
Brooke’s Jason Varner qualified in the high jump.
Class A Girls
Magnolia begins a large group of local Class A competitors with Jaci Rohde in the 100, pole vault and long jump. Jenn Blain will be in the 200 and 300 hurdles and Shy Simmons in the 400. The Blue Eagles also have teams running the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays.
Madonna is sending Angeline Spickard in the 100 and 200 with Gabriella Spickard joining her in the 200 and Lacey Neal in the 100. Sofia-Teresa DiBacco will run the 400 while Kristina Lesho is in the 800 and 1600. The Blue Dons also have teams in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.
Paden City has Mady Still in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, Lexi Mathis in the 3200, Hallie McDonnough in the 100 hurdles, Jocelyn Sawinski in the long jump and Marie Schramm in the discus. The Wildcats also qualified in the 4×400 and 4×100 shuttle hurdle relays.
Hundred is sending Rachel Snedden to run in the 3200, and Addie Tuttle in the long jump. The Hornets also have throwers in Leah Delaney in the shot put and discus and Areonna Zarco in the discus.
Wheeling Central has Sydney Doyle competing in the long jump and teams in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.
Tyler Consolidated sends two jumpers and a thrower with Bella Gruccio and Makenzie Henthorn in the high jump and Sydney Deaton in the discus.
Finally, Valley’s Winter Higgins qualified in the long jump.
Class A Boys
Wheeling Central’s Aiden Scott will look to add to his cross country state title from the fall as the top seed in the 800 (2:04.8), 1600 (4:40.41) and the No. 2 seed in the 3200.
The Maroon Knights also have Cooper Blair in the 100 and 200, Braden McWreath in the 100, Austin Netser in the 200, Luke Minor in the 400 and Lorenzo Ferrera in the long jump. Central also has the top-seeded teams in the 4×100 (45.44) and 4×200 (1:34.65) relays as well as a team in the 4×400 relay.
Valley will send a pair of Lumberjacks in Isaiah Bassett in the 200 and high jump and Triston Bates in the long jump.
Magnolia is sending Brady Renner in the 400, Landen Davis in the 3200, Austin Beverlin in the high jump and long jump, Lucas Zombotti in the pole vault and Joey Dawson for shot put.
The Blue Eagles also have 4×400, 4×800 and 4×110 shuttle hurdle relay teams.
Paden City had qualifiers in Branden Hizer for the 400, Shane Anderson in the 110 hurdles and high jump, Logan Smith in the 110 hurdles and Jasup Spragg in the 300 hurdles.
The Wildcats will also have a team in the 4×100 shuttle hurdle relay.
Finally, Tyler Consolidated will look to have a winner in the pole vault with top-seeded Sage Landis (12-6).
The Silver Knights also have Sean Winfrey in the 400, Jaden Ebert in the 1600, Branson Winfrey in the pole vault, Jaden Holmes in the shot put and David Grimes in the discus.