Buchan aims for title

Valley's Abby Buchan is shown competing in the discus at the 2014 state track and field meet. Buchan, who placed second in 2014, hopes to move up one notch on the awards podium this weekend when the 2015 state meet is staged at UC Stadium's Laidley Field.

Track and field teams statewide took part in state meet qualifying in recent days. Below is a recap of some of the local highlights:

Class AAA Region 3

The Greenbrier East girls rolled to the team title, scoring 122 points to beat runner-up Ripley (91) and the rest of the participating squads Thursday at the University of Charleston Stadium's Laidley Field.

In boys events, Capital scored 113 points to squeeze by Ripley (101).

Woodrow Wilson was third place in both divisions, scoring 73 in the girls and 89 in the boys.

Girls champion East received individual title performances from Maddie McClintic (400-meter dash in 1 minute, 00.36 seconds) and Mallory Baker (300 hurdles in 45.58), in addition to gaining victories in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

Woodrow Wilson senior Emily Fedders dominated the girls distance races, crossing the line first in the 800 (2:25.52), 1600 (5:35.59) and 3200 (11:54.02).

Shady Spring's Tyra Massey was a two-time winner in individual events, capturing the 100 (12.69) and the 200 (25.92) dashes.

Riverside senior Darius Booker led the 200 field with a winning effort of 22.44, nipping Shady Spring's Stephen DeMoss by .01 for the championship. The Warriors also got second-place finishes from Nick Kennedy in the 1600 (4:37.10) and the 4x100 relay quartet of Booker, Dajon Watkins, Jeffery Wong and Cameron Mullins, with a time of 44.84. And, Wong was fourth in the 100 (11.62).

Booker's 22.44 was the state's leading 2015 time through the regionals, according to www.runwv.com.

The Warrior boys tallied 39 points to place sixth in the team race.

The Riverside girls received a third-place effort from Maleah Penn in the high jump (4-10).

Kelshaun Grant was a double-winner for the Woodrow boys, securing top honors in the 100 (11.27) and the long jump (21 feet, 4 inches).

The Flying Eagle boys also won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Class A Region 3

Greenbrier West swept the team competition Friday at Laidley Field.

The Cavalier girls scored 119 points to ease by Richwood (101) and the remainder of the field. In boys events, Greenbrier West compiled 143 points and runner-up Meadow Bridge tallied 101.

Valley senior Abby Buchan was a four-time girls individual winner to score 40 points and lead the day. The senior won the 100 (13.47) and was champion in three field events: discus (125-8), high jump (4-8) and shot put (28-9).

Her 125-8 effort in the discus equalled the season-best performance of Tucker County's Aiyana Kachmarek, according to www.runwv.com. On Friday, Buchan also had a toss in the 123-foot range, Valley coach Tim Gardner said.

In 2014, Buchan logged a best throw of 110-0 to place second in states to Kachmarek (120-9).

On the heels of her impressive discus showing, Gardner hopes to see Buchan perform a little better this weekend in the high jump and shot put. "If she has a good meet, she could be high point," he said.

Sherman's Amelia Sebok swept the girls distance events in the Region 3 meet, crossing first in the 800 (2:34.10), 1600 (5:42.07) and 3200 (12:19.46).

In winning girls team spoils, West claimed three of five relays and got individual wins from Taylor Walker (300 hurdles in 53.64) and Myka Perry (400 in 1:05.75).

Meadow Bridge had a pair of double-winners in the boys individual events, as Ryan Church captured the 100 (11.90) and the long jump (17-11) and Dakota Clere gained bragging rights in the 400 (52.33) and 800 (2:14.04). Fayetteville's Timothy Holster also grabbed two region titles: 200 (24.09) and 300 hurdles (43.02).

Champion West got individual wins from Bradden Isaacs (shot put, 39-8 1/2) and Derek Coryell (discus, 113-10) as well as winning the 4x200 and shuttle hurdle relays.

Keith Stevens advanced to this weekend's state competition for the VHS boys, placing third in the 400 (1:00.61).

Also placing in individual events for the Greyhound boys were Stevens in the 200 (sixth, 26.01), John Carelli in the 100 (sixth, 12.38) and Ethan Hess in the shot put (sixth, 34-1 1/2).

Also for the Valley girls, Rikki Harie scored in three events: 100 hurdles (fifth, 20.35), 300 hurdles (fifth, 1:00.76) and 200 (sixth, 31.06).

Gardner was pleased with his team's performance throughout the season. "My kids really came along," he said.

Class AA Region 3

On Wednesday at Laidley Field, the Summers County boys (100 points) and Bluefield girls (101) nailed down team championships. PikeView was runner-up in both divisions, with the boys scoring 89 and the girls tallying 84.

The Bobcats' boys surge was powered by individual wins from Matt Ryan in the 300 hurdles (42.35) and Zach Grady in the shot put (41-6). Summers also crossed first in the shuttle hurdles.

PikeView's Jason Weitzel was a boys three-time individual winner, besting the field in the 800 (2:04.67), 1600 (4:33.69) and 3200 (10:37.74).

Independence's Adriana Cook produced a dominating distance sweep similar to Weitzel's, beating all comers in the 800 (2:31.77), 1600 (5:33.48) and 3200 (11:58.54).

Bluefield's Alexi Trigg was a double-winner, cruising in the 100 (13.08) and 200 (27.73).

Class AA Region 4

The Nicholas County Grizzlies turned in solid performances in the Class AA Region 4 competition, also at Laidley on Wednesday.

The Nicholas girls were strong in numerous events and amassed 160 points to capture the team championship, easily getting by runner-up Herbert Hoover (103) and the rest of the field. On the boys side, the Grizzlies tallied 85 points and finished second behind Poca (123).

Hurdling strength proved to be one of the key areas for the NCHS girls, as Elizabeth Messer's 15.58 win in the 100 hurdles led a 1-2-3 Nicholas showing, and she was one of the members of the triumphant shuttle hurdles quartet (1:07.21). Nicholas also grabbed first-place finishes in the 4x100 relay (51.87) and the 4x800 relay (11:12.11).

Individually, the Grizzlies also received victories from Aidan Payton in the 3200 (12:52.51) and Dericka Blankenship in the discus (94-4).

The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday, May 22-23 at Laidley Field.

— Steve Keenan

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