White Falcons finish 15th at state


By Bryan Walters - [email protected]



Wahama senior Wesley Jones, middle, sprints past the competition during the Class A 400m dash finals held Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston, W.Va.


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Not that the 13 other state qualifiers from Wahama didn’t, but senior Wesley Jones most definitely had a memorable weekend while wrapping up his track and field season.

Jones — who competed in four state events — earned a trio of podium finishes and scored all 14 points for the White Falcons during the 2016 WVSSAC Class A track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at Laidley Field on the campus of the University of Charleston in Kanawha County.

Jones earned a pair of third place efforts in the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes and also came away with fifth in the 200m dash, which allowed WHS to finish tied with Tucker County for 15th place with 14 points apiece.

Jones was fifth in both of his qualifying rounds of the 100m (11.78 seconds) and 200m (23.44) dashes on Friday, then started Saturday with a third place effort of 51.54 seconds in the 400m final.

Jones went on to place third in the 100m final Saturday with a mark of 11.49 seconds, then posted a fifth place time of 23.18 seconds in the 200m final later that afternoon.

Jones also joined freshman Brady Bumgarner, senior Austin Juelfs and senior Nolan Pierce in the 4x100m relay final, but the quartet was disqualified for an exchange outside of one of the allotted zones.

The White Falcons also earned a pair of top-10 finishes in two other relay events.

Pierce, Juelfs, junior Jace Edwards and junior Travis Kearns were eighth overall in the 4x400m relay (3:43.97) on Saturday, while Edwards, sophomore Johnnie Board, freshman Jacob Lloyd and freshman Brodee Howard placed ninth in the 4x110m shuttle hurdles relay on Friday with a mark of 1:08.07.

Kearns also competed in a pair of individual events, which led to a pair of ninth place efforts in the 800m final (2:10.13) and 1600m final (4:54.29). Junior Mason Hildreth also finished ninth overall in the 3200m final with a time of 10:53.13.

Juelfs fouled on three attempts in the long jump final on Friday and also had the 10th fastest qualifying time in the 100m semifinals Friday, but the senior missed the finals with a mark of 12.09 seconds.

Howard also posted the 13th best time in the 110m hurdles semifinals, missing the eight-man cutoff with a time of 18.06 seconds.

Williamstown won the Class A boys title with 60 points, with St. Marys just behind the Yellow Jackets with a total of 59 points. Doddridge County was third overall with 51 points.

The Class A high-point scorer for boys was Anthony Johnson of St. Marys, who won three events and scored 36 points overall.

The Lady Falcons did not score a point on the girls side of Class A, but the Red and White did have a pair of eighth place efforts.

The quartet of junior Rebekah Roach, sophomore Lizzy Mullins, sophomore Kaleigh Stewart and freshman Skylar Riffle finished eighth in the 4x100m relay with a time of 53.72 seconds.

Stewart was also eighth in the 100m final with a mark of 13.35 seconds, although she had the sixth fastest qualifying time on Friday after posting a time of 13.61 seconds.

Mullins also competed in the 100m semifinals, but finished 11th overall with a mark of 14.20 seconds.

Stewart was also 12th in the long jump final Friday with a leap of 14 feet, 2.5 inches.

Magnolia won the Class A girls title with 70 points, with Charleston Catholic finishing as the overall runner-up with 68 points. Wheeling Central Catholic rounded out the top-three spots with 60 points.

Hannah Carreon of Clay Battelle won four individual events and was the high-point scorer for Class A girls with 40 points.

Complete results of the 2016 WVSSAC Class A track and field championships are available on the web at runwv.com

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Wahama senior Wesley Jones, middle, sprints past the competition during the Class A 400m dash finals held Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston, W.Va.
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_5.24-WAH-Jones.jpgWahama senior Wesley Jones, middle, sprints past the competition during the Class A 400m dash finals held Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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