Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Prep Track - Gazette-Mail / Friends of Coal Relays ; Winfield Girls off T0 Fast Start

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Prep Track - Gazette-Mail / Friends of Coal Relays ; Winfield Girls off T0 Fast Start

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INSIDE: Notebook, results 4B

So far, it's a mixed bag for the No. 1 teams participating in the 81st Gazette-Mail/Friends of Coal Relays at University of Charleston Stadium. Three of the top teams in the state power ratings are on hand for the weekend showcase that mirrors the state meet in many ways, including six divisions of competition and the same schedule of events.

Through Friday's final events, No. 1s Winfield (Class AAA girls) and Bridgeport (AA girls) are leading their respective divisions, while Cabell Midland (AAA boys) is fighting an uphill battle.

In the girls meets, Winfield holds a 49-34 edge on University through six events, and Bridgeport leads runner-up North Marion 49- 24. In AAA boys, University has 40 points through five events, with Parkersburg South (18) second. Midland is tied for fifth with 10 points, but has firepower left for Saturday, especially in the open 800 and 1,600.

The big school meets are considered especially telling, since eight of RunWV's top-10 ranked teams in both the boys and girls divisions are participating in AAA this weekend.

Bridgeport also tops AA boys with 53 points, comfortably ahead of Braxton County, Poca and Webster County, all tied for second at 22 points.

In Class A, where No. 1 teams Williamstown (boys) and Wheeling Central (girls) are not present, Buffalo leads Doddridge County 44- 43 in the boys meet, with Tyler Consolidated (32) standing third. Doddridge is running away in the girls division, holding a 78-20 edge on Charleston Catholic.

Six meet records were broken Friday, two early on in Class AAA, as University's boys toured the 4x800-meter relay in 7:57.69 and Huntington's Safiyyah Mitchell completed the girls 100 high hurdles in 14.60 seconds.

George Washington's Malika Houston (14.69) also broke the former mark of 14.70 in the highs. In addition, Houston won the long jump at 17-7 1/2.

The other four records were provided by Class A athletes - Freddy Canary of South Harrison ran times of 10.94 and 22.44 seconds in the boys 100 and 200 dash trials, respectively, Buffalo's Hayden Harrison finished the 3,200 in 9:30. …

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