Wahama sends several to state meet

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. — No doubt, Wahama will be well-represented next weekend.

That’s because several members of the White Falcon boys — and four Wahama girls — have qualified for the annual state track and field meet, following Thursday’s Class A Region 4 championships at the Erickson All-Sports Facility in Parkersburg.

Of the 10 competing teams, which also included Hannan, Wahama finished fourth for the boys team championship with 67 points.

Four White Falcons combined for all 23 of the girls points — sophomores Kaleigh Stewart and Lizzy Mullins, freshman Skylar Riffle and junior Rebekah Roach.

The foursome combined to finish fourth in the 4x100m relay in 53.86 seconds, and are unofficial at-large qualifiers for the state meet.

Roach ran the opening leg, Mullins the second, Riffle the third and Stewart the anchor.

The top three placers in each event automatically qualify for next weekend’s state meet at Laidley Field in Charleston, along with at-large qualifiers.

Stewart and Mullins finished third and fourth respectively in the 100m dash, as Stewart ran a 13.42 and Mullins a 13.44.

Mullins, in fact, is an at-large state qualifier.

Stewart, who finished sixth in the 200m dash, did double qualify individually via the long jump.

She finished third with a leap of 14-feet and 10-inches, as Alexis Saunders of Parkersburg Catholic captured the championship by an inch-and-a-half (15-10 1/2).

Roach rounded out the Lady Falcons’ points with a fifth-place finish in the 100m hurdles.

For the boys, senior sprinter Wesley Jones swept the three dashes, amassing 30 team points in the process.

Jones won the 100m in 11.43 seconds, took the 200m in 23.27, and finally the 400m in 51.86.

Jones also ran the third leg of the White Falcons’ 4x100m relay, which ran the lap in 45.82 — and finished runner-up to Williamstown.

Joining Jones were fellow seniors Austin Juelfs (second leg) and Nolan Pierce (anchor leg) and freshman opening leg Brady Bumgarner.

Pierce (second leg) and Juelfs (third leg) joined juniors Jace Edwards (opening leg) and Travis Kearns (anchor leg) to finish third in the 4x400m — in three minutes and 41 seconds.

Individually, Juelfs jumped 20-feet and two inches in the long jump — and was runner-up to Wirt County’s Cam Nelson by a mere half-inch.

The only other White Falcon relay team to qualify for state was the shuttle hurdles quartet as an at-large.

The group of Edwards, Brodee Howard, Johnnie Board and Jacob Lloyd finished fourth in 1:10.

The remainder of the White Falcons earned either one or two team points, and are at-large state qualifiers.

Juelfs is also advancing in the 100m dash, having placed fifth in 11.83 seconds.

Kearns claimed sixth in the 800m run (2:07) and fifth in the 1,600m run (4:44), but is an at-large to the state in both events.

Mason Hildreth, a junior, was sixth in the 3,200m run — and an at-large in 10:29.

Howard finished fifth in the 110m high hurdles, and advanced as an at-large in 17.36.

Pierce placed sixth in the 100m (12.05) and fifth in the 200m (24.68), but was not an at-large choice.

Williamstown, with 156 points, was the team champion — followed by Buffalo with 114.

Doddridge County captured third-place with 102, as its girls squad won that team title with 125.33.

Wahama’s girls were eighth, trailing seventh-place Parkersburg Catholic (25) by two points.

A complete list of results can be found on www.runwv.com.

The annual WVSSAC state meet will be held on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs