2017-05-24 / Sports

Lupton, Price & boys 4x800 relay team capture State Championships

by Jamie Harris


Berkeley Springs High School 4x800 meter relay team of Wes Colyer, Brady Price, Matt Chapman and Steven Shetler demolished the field with the second fastest time in the history. Berkeley Springs High School 4x800 meter relay team of Wes Colyer, Brady Price, Matt Chapman and Steven Shetler demolished the field with the second fastest time in the history. What a weekend it was for members of the Berkeley Springs High School Boys and Girls Track Team at the Class AA State Track & Field Championships. Three state champions were crowned in Charleston last weekend, May 19 and 20.

Things got rolling for the Tribe on Friday afternoon when the boy’s 4x800 meter relay team of Wes Colyer, Brady Price, Matt Chapman and Steven Shetler demolished the field with the second fastest time in the history of the 103 year state track championships with an 8:03 and almost broke the 35 year old record that St. Mary’s set with an 8:00.90 in 1982. The senior trio of Chapman, Price and Shetler all ran splits under 2:00 and Colyer had a 2:05 to help propel their teammates to their first state championship.


Lady Indians 4x800 meter relay team of Brooke Davison, Alex Banks, Destiny Bohrer and Stephanie Golden finished in third place. Lady Indians 4x800 meter relay team of Brooke Davison, Alex Banks, Destiny Bohrer and Stephanie Golden finished in third place. The group also broke the Berkeley Springs High School record with their 8:03 time. The previous time was 8:07 and was set back in 1986 by Lee Shetler, Casey Hess, Jim Kelly and Matt Roman.

Steven Shetler joined his brother Corey (2010) and sister Keri (2015) as 4x800 meter relay state champions for Berkeley Springs High School.

The Lady Indians did not have to wait long to crown a state champion on Friday as junior Amanda Lupton dominated the field in the 3200 meters in the final 300 meters with an amazing kick finish to sprint past defending state champion Jessica Melvin from Philip Barbour. Lupton captured her first state championship with a time of 11:25 more than nine seconds faster than Melvin’s 11:34 time.

The Lady Indians 4x800 meter relay team of Brooke Davison, Alex Banks, Destiny Bohrer and Stephanie Golden finished in third place with a time of 10:02 to earn all state accolades. The group is a mixture of sophomores (Banks and Davison), a junior (Golden) and a senior (Bohrer) and looks to be a state champion contender next year if a strong replacement is found for Bohrer.


Junior Tori Reed finished ninth in high jump. Junior Tori Reed finished ninth in high jump. On Saturday the Indians continued to pick up points on the boys side and once again crowned another state champion and two state runner ups.

Shetler picked up a solid third place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 50.88.

Chapman set a new Berkeley Springs record in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:22.54 breaking Lenny Roach’s previous mark to finish second. Winfield’s Aaron Withrow edged Chapman with a time of 4:22.00 to take first place. What is amazing with Chapman’s time was that it would have won the Class AAA state championship and just showed how solid the Class AA 1600 meter runners were.


Junior Davy Mundey finished in sixth place in the pole vault. Junior Davy Mundey finished in sixth place in the pole vault. Things got interesting in the 800 meters as senior teammates Shetler and Price faced off with a state title on the line. Price got out to a great start and in the process broke Shetler’s school record of 1:59.03 that was set a few weeks ago with a time of 1:58.64 to capture his first ever state track championship. Shetler who got caught up in some traffic battled back to finish in second place with a time of 2:00 to give the Indians a sweep of the top two spots.

The Tribe then got a sixth place finish from junior Davy Mundey in the pole vault. Mundey added track all-state honors to a state runner up finish in wrestling, and was also a member of the state cross country team runner up finish this past fall.


Senior Destiny Bohrer captured eighth place in the 400m Senior Destiny Bohrer captured eighth place in the 400m In the final event of the day for Berkeley Springs the 4x400 meter relay team of Chapman, Colyer, Price and Shetler concluded their medal grab with a fourth place finish with a time of 3:39.

The Indians were able to finish in third place in the team standings with 47 points. Winfield captured the state team title with 77 points while Bridgeport was second with 59 points.

Saturday was not kind to the Lady Indians. Golden was able to place fifth in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:28 to pick up her second all state honor.

The Lady Indians finished in ninth place in the team standings with 18 points. Winfield won the girls team title with 148 points while Bridgeport was a distant second with 137 points.



Junior Amanda Lupton captured her first state championship in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:25. Junior Amanda Lupton captured her first state championship in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:25.

Brady Price got off to a great start in the 800 meters to capture his first state track championshi with a time of 1:58.64. Brady Price got off to a great start in the 800 meters to capture his first state track championshi with a time of 1:58.64.

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