abby buchon

Valley High’s Abby Buchan releases the discus during Saturday’s state meet performance. Buchan placed second in the Class A girls event.

Oak Hill High senior Marc Logan is a West Virginia state champion.

Logan earned that distinction with a winning effort of 6 feet, 4 inches in the Class AAA high jump Friday in the WVSSAC State Track and Field Meet at UC Stadium’s Laidley Field.

“Honestly, I knew I had a chance, but I didn’t think I was actually going to pull it out,” said Logan, who cleared his winning height on his second try. “I was pretty excited.

“It was the best moment of my life.”

Also over the weekend, Valley’s Abby Buchan hurled the discus a personal-best 110-0 to finish second in Class A to Tucker County’s Aiyana Kachmarek (120-9).

“I had a new PR,” said Buchan, a junior. “I threw the best I could.

“I’m pretty satisfied.”

Buchan said she threw well in warm-ups. “I knew it would be a good day.”

She later ended in a three-way tie for fourth in the high jump (4-10). The 10.33 points she earned put the Greyhound girls in 14th place in the team standings.

Riverside’s boys scored four points on the strength of junior Darius Booker’s fourth-place showing in the 200 (22.88 seconds).

Meadow Bridge’s Dakota Clere (51.7 seconds) was second to Charleston Catholic’s Phillip Mallory (50.77) in the Class A boys 400. Clere later placed fourth in the 800 (2:02.36).

Boys team winners in the 100th boys state championship were Parkersburg in Class AAA, Bridgeport in Class AA and Doddridge in Class A.

Girls team champs were Hurricane in Class AAA, Bridgeport in Class AA and Williamstown in Class A.

Just missing out on medals with seventh-place finishes were Riverside’s Maleah Penn in the high jump (5-2) and the Valley boys 4x100 relay quartet of John Carelli, Darius Hutchinson, Keyshawn Payne and Henry Barron-Houchins, which turned in a clocking of 46.86.

Former Ansted High great Tom Pridemore and former DuPont High standout Cynthia Shelton were among the track athletes  who were back in town Friday and Saturday to help commemorate the 100th boys state meet.

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