Girls take second at Harry Green Track & Field Invitational
Despite Sara Younker being the only individual winner, the Berkeley Springs High School Girls Track and Field Team brought home the runner-up trophy from the Harry Green Invitational held in Bridgeport on Saturday, April 22.
Buckhannon-Upshur was the overall champion with 137.33 points, followed by Berkeley Springs 85.33, Keyser 83, Bridgeport 76, Greenbrier East 57, Fairmont Senior 54, Lincoln 31.33, Lewis County 18, Roane County 10, Robert C. Byrd three and Northern Garrett, Md., three.
"It came down to the final race," said Berkeley Springs Coach Dave Mundey of Berkeley Springs second place finish. “We only led Keyser by 3.67 points. Our girls knew that if they finished ahead of us by more than one place in the race then we would drop to third in the team standings. The girls did a tremendous job and finished right behind Keyser (Keyser was second in the race, Berkeley third) to secure the runner-up sport. They really did come through."
Also coming through was Sara Younker who ran a personal best of 12:14.49 to win the 3200 meter run.
"Sara has really come on strong, and, with that time, puts herself in medal contention at the state tournament," said Mundey.
Danielle Haynes brought home a pair of silver medals after placing second in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Jordan Bennett was second in the long jump, Toni Davison was second in the pole vault and Harlie Stotler placed second in the shot put. Macy Houck took third in the 1600 as did both the 4x400 (Melissa Colby, D. Haynes, Kayla Mundey, Keri Shetler) and 4x800 (Mundey, Houck, Younker and D. Haynes) meter relay teams. Stotler also brought back a bronze in the discus.
Amanda Case, Colby, Bennett and Davison joined forces to place fourth in the 4x100 meter relay, while Case, Colby, Davison and Sarah Haynes teamed up to take fifth in the 4x200. S. Haynes tied for fifth in the high jump and also took fifth place in the long jump, while Mundey rounded out the scoring with a sixth place finish in the 800 meter run.
Although Coach Mundey was happy with the girls finish, he was not entirely pleased.
"We need to improve our sprint relays," Mundey said.
The boys, who finished sixth in the 13-team field, were led by junior Corey Shetler.
Shetler brought home gold medals in both the 800 (2:04.64) and 1600 (4:40.1) and shared the high point total when the boys 4x400 meter relay team (Shetler, Patrick Peck, Dylan Reynolds, Steven Wolfe) placed second.
"Corey had a very good meet and has really started to come into his own," Mundey said. “He won the 1600, then came back to win the 800 without a lot of rest and then helped the 4x400 run their best time of the year. He had a good day."
Also capturing gold was Matt Arrowood, who cleared 11-6 in the pole vault.
"Matt had already won the event so he moved the bar up to 12-6," said Mundey. “He didn't clear it this time, but was close on a couple of occasions.
Trevor Jamison rounded out the boys scoring with a sixth place tie in the pole vault, while setting a personal best of 10 feet.
"We were a little shorthanded today," said Mundey. “We had some kids with other obligations who will be back this week."
Woodrow Wilson won the boys meet with 107 points. Bridgeport finished second with 78 points and Greenbrier East third with 70. Berkeley Springs ended the meet with 38.5 points.
Earlier in the week the Indians hosted a triangular meet against Hedgesville and Clear Spring.
The girls captured 10 first place finishes to win the the meet with 86 points, followed by Hedgesville 80 and Clear Spring 13.
Jordan Bennett won both the 100 meter hurdles (18.46) and long jump (16-3.5), Toni Davison soared over eight feet to win the pole vault, Melissa Colby won the 200 (28.33), Danielle Haynes captured the 3200 (12:47.68), Sarah Haynes cleared 5-1 to take first in the high jump, Harlie Stotler won the shot put (35-1), the shuttle hurdle relay team of Brandi Faircloth, Kinsey Reed, Natalie Reed and Katie Robinson finished first (1:23.71), while both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams ran winning times.
Bennett, Amanda Case, Colby and Davison combined to run 55.06 in the 4x100, while S. Haynes, Case, Colby and Davison teamed up to to win the 4x200 in a time of 1:56.2.
Berkeley Springs also had eight second place finishes. S. Haynes (100 and long jump), Younker (3200), D. Haynes (1600), Casey Solomon (high jump), Stotler (discus) and both the 4x800 (Kayla Mundey, Voctoria Crone, D. Haynes and Younker) and 4x400 (Case, Keri Shetler, Mundey and Colby) meter relay teams.
Robinson and Shetler finished third in the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter run, respectively.
Hedgesville won the boys meet with 105 points. Berkeley Springs was second with 60.5 points and Clear Spring third with 10.5.
Corey Shetler was a double winner, winning both the 1600 (4:45.29) and 3200 meter (10:59.82) runs.
Matt Arrowood had a season best clearance of 12’6” to win the pole vault, while Billy Smith took first in the shot put with a heave of 41-8.5.
The 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800 and shuttle hurdle relay teams all placed second, as did TJ Patrick (discus), Justin Glass (3200) and Michael Twigg (HJ).
4x100 (Patrick, Patrick Peck, Dylan Reynolds, Andrew Truax), 4x200 (Peck, Reynolds, Truax, Tyler Ryan), 4x400 (Steven Wolfe, Reynolds, Peck, Shetler), 4x800 (Glass, Logan Robertson, Peck and Zach Simmons), Shuttle Hurdle (Kirk Spielman, Ricky Stanley, Billy Smith, Alec Kidwell).
Wolfe was third in the 400 as was Ryan (LJ) and Derrick Swink (discus). Finishing fourth: Twigg (200), Simmons (1600) and Smith (discus).
Berkeley Springs will be at the Hancock Invitational on April 25, before heading to Charleston on Friday, April 27 for the Gazette Relays and then to Keyser on May 1 for the PVC Championships.