PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Wahama will be busy at Laidley Field.
The White Falcons and Lady Falcons combined to qualify 16 different athletes into 17 separate state events on Wednesday night following the completion of the 2017 Class A Region 4 track and field championships held at Stadium Field on the campus of Parkersburg High School in Wood County.
Wahama had a collectively solid showing as the boys had 11 athletes advance to state in 14 different events while finishing third out of 11 scoring teams, while the girls advanced five athletes in three separate contests while placing fifth out of nine scoring teams.
Williamstown won the Region 4 boys championship with 227 points, with Ravenswood (83) and Wahama (81) rounding out the top three positions. Hannan was also 10th out of 11 programs with five points.
The White Falcons did not have a single regional champion on the boys side, but the Red and White qualified for all five state relays and had 10 automatic qualifiers — top-three finishers — in their 14 advancing events.
Brady Bumgarner and Travis Kearns both scored a pair of individual advancements to state. Kearns qualified by being second in the long jump (18-1.75) and earning an at-large bid after placing fourth in the 800m run (2:09.29). Bumgarner advanced to state after placing third in both the 100m (11.92) and 200m (24.39) dashes.
Wyatt Edwards advanced in the discus with a second place heave of 137 feet, 4 inches, while Johnnie Board moved on in the pole vault with a third place effort of eight feet even.
Brodee Howard qualified for state in the 110m hurdles by finishing third with a time of 17.16 seconds and Mason Hildreth earned an at-large bid in the 3200m run by placing fourth with a mark of 10:52.70. Chris Hesson was also an at-large qualifier in the shot put (41-1.5) after finishing sixth.
The quartet of Board, Bumgarner, Abram Pauley and Jacob Lloyd advanced with a second place finish in the 4x200m relay (1:38.62), while Hildreth, Lloyd, James McCormick and Isaiah Pauley were the 4x800m runners-up with a mark of 8:52.16.
Howard, Bumgarner, Kearns and Abram Pauley combined for third in the 4x100m (47.33) event, while Lloyd, Edwards, Board and Howard were also third in the 4x110m shuttle hurdle relay (1:07.07).
The 4x400m squad of Edwards, McCormick, Lloyd and Abram Pauley also advanced on an at-large bid in the 4x400m relay (3:51.85).
The top finisher for the Hannan boys was Jordan Fitzwater, who placed fourth in the 110m hurdles with time of 17.16 seconds. No Wildcats qualified for the state meet.
Williamstown won the Region 4 girls championship with 204 points, with Buffalo (98) and Huntington Saint Joseph Central (79) rounding out the top three positions. Wahama was fifth out of nine scoring teams with 28 points, while the Lady Cats were the last team on the list with a single point.
The Lady Falcons did not have a single regional champion, but the Red and White qualified for one state relay and had three automatic qualifiers in all of their advancing events.
The quartet of Skylar Riffle, Elizabeth Mullins, Kaleigh Stewart and MacKenzie Barr advanced in the 4x100m event after finishing second with a time of 55.03 seconds.
Stewart qualified with a second place finish in the long jump (15-0.5), while Pia Thomanek advanced in the 3200m run with a third place effort of 14:19.28.
Mullins just missed qualifying in the 100m dash as she placed fifth at regionals with a time of 13.70 seconds, but she was edged out by two-thousandths of a second for the final at-large bid.
The top finisher for the Hannan girls was Cassidy Duffer, who placed sixth in the discus with a heave of 85 feet, 11 inches. No Lady Wildcats qualified for the state meet.
The 2017 WVSSAC track and field championships will be held next Friday and Saturday at Laidley Field on the campus of the University of Charleston.
Complete results of the Class A Region 4 track and field championships are available on the web at runwv.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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