2017-06-14 / Sports

The Morgan Messenger & The Hancock News All Area Track & Field Team

Ean Mann, Matt Chapman, Brady Price, Steven Shetler and Amanda Lupton named Runners of the Year
by Jamie Harris

This past fall the sports writers from The Morgan Messenger and The Hancock News have partnered with the athletic directors and head coaches from Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School to select an All Area team for all varsity sports that the teams compete in. With each all area team there will be a player of the year for both the male and female athletes selected by a committee panel.

For the all area boys and girls track & field teams the members were selected based on head-to-head performances this past year and the individual’s performances at their respective state track championships.

On the girls side the 2017 Morgan Messenger & Hancock News All Area Runner of the Year is Berkeley Springs junior Amanda Lupton.

Lupton was dominant all season long in the 3200 meters and capped off her fantastic spring season with the WV Class AA Region I and the WV Class AA State Championship in the 3200 meters. In both of those meets Lupton beat the defending champion Jessica Melvin of Philip Barbour. In the state meet Lupton used the final 300 meters to make her move and outsprinted Melvin who had no answer to Lupton’s charge to the finish line. From there Lupton stretched her lead to 10 meters and a nine second lead to capture her first ever state championship in track.

Matt Chapman, Brady Price and Steven Shetler Matt Chapman, Brady Price and Steven Shetler Joining Lupton on the All Area Track & Field team from Berkeley Springs are: Stephanie Golden (800, 1600, 4x400 meter relay and 4x800 meter relay standout), Brooke Davison (800, 1600, 4x400 meter relay and 4x800 meter relay standout), Alex Banks (800, 1600, 4x400 meter relay and 4x800 meter relay standout), Destiny Bohrer (400 meters, 4x400 meter relay and the 4x800 meter relay standout), Taya Davies (hurdles), Vanessa Reed (hurdles), Katherine McLaughlin (long jump and discus), Tori Reed (high jump) and Darby Harris (shot put).

From Paw Paw High School Haven Irwin was selected. Irwin a junior finished in ninth place at the Class A Region II Championships in the 800 meters.

Hancock High School placed Paige Faith on the team. Faith led the Lady Panthers in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles this season.

On the boys side when deciding who the runner of the year would be the voting panel decided to select a sprinter of the year and a distance runner(s) of the year.

The Morgan Messenger & Hancock News All Area Sprinter of the Year is Hancock senior standout Ean Mann. Mann finished in second place in both the 100 meters (10.98) and 200 meters (22.43) this spring at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships. Mann captured the regional championships in both events this year and was undefeated until the state finals. Mann will continue his running career at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and will pursue a major in biotech.

Brooke Davison, Alex Banks, Destiny Bohrer and Stephanie Golden Brooke Davison, Alex Banks, Destiny Bohrer and Stephanie Golden The Morgan Messenger & Hancock New All Area Distance Runner(s) of the Year are the senior trio of Matt Chapman, Brady Price and Steven Shetler from Berkeley Springs High School. The three teamed up with junior Wes Colyer and demolished the Class AA state championship field in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 8:03.17. The same four also placed fourth in the state championship 4x400 meter relay. From there Price captured a second state championship in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.64 which broke the Berkeley Springs boy’s school record as well. Shetler finished second to Price in the state meet in the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.67 and third in the 400 meters with a time of 50.88. Chapman was a close second in the 1600 meters in the state meet with a time of 4:22.54. The winning time was a 4:22.00.

Berkeley Springs also placed: Colyer (4x400 relay, 4x800 meter relay, and distance), Ty’Jae Armstrong (100 and 200 meters), CJ Ryan (110 hurdles), Tre Miller (long jump and high jump), Cameron Stull (long jump and high jump), Davy Mundey (pole vault) and Avery Lackey (pole vault).

Paw Paw High School placed two athletes on the all area team. Junior Hunter Kasekamp was a state qualifier for the Pirates in the 1600 meters. Junior Christian Braithwaite was a regional competitor in the shot and discus.

Joining Mann from Hancock High School was junior thrower Evan Wachter. Wachter was consistently one of the top throwers in both the shot and discus this year. In the shot put Wachter averaged over 40 feet with his throw. In the discus Wachter averaged around 115 feet or better. The Panthers also placed Devon McCarty on the team. McCarty ran the 300 hurdles, 4x200 meter relay team and also triple jumped for Hancock.

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