PCHS Boys Track Team crowned 2011 Coalfield Champs PCHS, ﾠGirls again runners-up to Richwood
Gold Medal Winners: Myers, Rose, Graham and boys 4x800m and 4x400m teams
With the Class A Region 3 track meet coming up on Thursday, May 12, at Laidley Field in Charleston, the RunWV rankings released on May 3 for meets held prior to April 30 showed more changes for boys than for girlsThe Pocahontas Boys held their #7 ranking this past week with 29 points, and Richwood held its #6 ranking with 33 points. Richwood was tied with Charleston Catholic at #3 at this point last season, and PCHS was #7. Charleston Catholic is again #3 with 74 points. Doddridge County moved into the #1 boys ranking this week and St. Marys dropped to #2.
Williamstown and Doddridge County kept their girls #1/#2 rankings, and Williamstown holds a commanding 152.25 to 82.75 lead, while St. Marys comes in at #3 with a close 82.60 point total.
Although this year's Class A Coalfield Conference Meet was hosted by defending boys and girls conference champs Richwood on Tuesday, May 3, the PCHS Boys took the Coalfield Conference Crown away from the Lumberjacks with a 193.5 to 177 one-two finish. Rounding out the boys scoring were: #3 Fayetteville - 59 points, #4 Meadow Bridge - 36, #5 Midland Trail - 35.5 and #6 Mount Hope - 23.
The Richwood Lady Lumberjacks and Pocahontas again finished one-two (263 points to 116). The rest of the girls scoring was: #3 Midland Trail - 46, #4 Meadow Bridge - 35, #5 Mount Hope - 2 and #6 Fayetteville - 1.
The number of PCHS boys events with top-10 rankings held at 11 with last year's team ranking in 14 events at the same time. The new rankings did not include the results of the Coalfield Conference Meet. All of the eight teams in Region 3 participated except for Valley Fayette and Williamson, who both have small track teams, so the meet should have been a predictor of the regional meet results on Thursday in Charleston.
Gold medalists at the meet were: freshman Lindsey Myers - 200m (31.37) - Myers' first ever gold medal; Evan Rose - shot (45.09) and discus (126.05; boys 4x800m (9.25); Noah Pugh - 110m hurdles (16.95): Tanner Graham - 400m (53.66) and 200m (24.09); and boys 4x400m (3.52).
Silver medalists: Fredricah Gardner - discus (75.07); Samantha Walton - 100m (14.23); girls 4x200m (2.00.13); Olivia Workman - 400m (1.10); girls 4x100m (59.76); girls shuttle hurdles (1.20); Kristen Beverage - 200m (32.17) and girls 4x400m (5.10); Lakota Jonese and Bill Kelley - high jump (5.04 tie); Graham - 100m (11.92); boys 4x200m (1.41.35); Parker White - 1600m (5.25); Curtis Pyles - 800m (2.18) - three seconds behind #1 Class A high scorer Shaffer of Richwood; and Clayton Irvine - 3200m (11.46).
Bronze medalists: Gardner - shot put (23.01); Chantella Lewis - 1600m (7.01); Rachel McComb - 800m (3.11); Jesse Taylor - 110m hurdles (17.34); Irvine - 1600m (5.26); Pyles - 400m (55.12); boys 4x100m (50.00); boys shuttle hurdles (1.07) and Taylor - 300m hurdles (46.19).
The state track meet will be held Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, at Laidley Field in Charleston