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Nicholas County girls claim Class

AA Region IV Track Crown

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly track team continued its strong season by winning first place in the Region IV Class AA track meet held Wednesday evening, May 13, at Laidley Field in Charleston.

NCHS Lady Grizzly track standout Elizabeth Messer hurdles her way to a first place finish in the 100-meter hurdles at the Class AA Regional Meet at Laidley Field in Charleston.

NCHS, which also took first place last year, accumulated 160 points to win the girls’ team title. Herbert Hoover was a distant second with 103 points followed by Sissonville with 60, Wayne 50, Scott and Clay County 35 each, Chapmanville 34, Poca 29 and Mingo Central 24.

The top three finishers in each event qualified for the State High School Track meet to be held Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, at Laidley Field in Charleston. Also qualifying were the next four best performances from among all four regional meets held throughout the state.

Individual first-place qualifiers for NCHS were Aidan Payton in the 3200-meter run, Elizabeth Messer in the 100-meter hurdles and Dericka Blankenship in the discus.

Relay teams qualifying first were the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Serena Mullins, Arianna Crawford, Alexis Brown and Elizabeth Messer; the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Alyssa Woods, Payton, Lacey Beam and Lucianna Martin; and the shuttle hurdle relay team of Messer, Crawford, Brown and Maria Stear.

 

 

 

Frame leads RHS state meet qualifiers

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood will be represented in a combined 14 girls’ and boys’ events this weekend at the state high school track and field meet in Charleston.

Richwood’s Madison Frame participates in the long jump during a meet held earlier in the year at Richwood. Frame qualified for the state meet in three individual events and one relay event.

The state meet will begin on Friday, May 22, and conclude on Saturday, May 23, at Laidley Field.

Richwood’s athletes qualified for the state meet during the Class A Region III meet last Friday, May 15, also at Laidley Field.

Sophomore Madison Frame qualified in three individual events and was part of a relay team that also qualified.

Frame won the long jump at the regional meet with a distance of 14 feet, 5.75 inches.

She was also second in both the 400 meters with a time of 1:06.47 and the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:22.81.

Frame also joined Shanley Amick, Miranda Tinney and Brianna Farnsworth on the 4 x 400 relay team that finished first with a time of 4:58.52.

Richwood’s 4 x 800 relay team of Amick, Tinney, Jennifer Shelford and Paige Bleigh also placed first in the regional meet with a time of 13:28.00.

The 4 x 200 relay team of Shelford, Bleigh, Amanda Starcher and Shayla Amick also qualified with a third-place finish and a time of 2:11.75.

Starcher, meanwhile, also qualified in the shot put and discus. She finished second in both events with throws of 27 feet, 10 inches in the shot put and 78-9 in the discus.

Bleigh also qualified in the discus by finishing third at 72-1.

 

 

 

NCHS track standout Messer signs

with Glenville State College

Nicholas County High School senior track standout Elizabeth Messer has signed a letter-of-intent to run track for Glenville State College.

Messer signed her letter of intent in a brief ceremony in the NCHS Commons Area on Wednesday, April 22.

Messer has been a standout hurdler and long jumper for the Lady Grizzlies the past four seasons. She is the reigning Class AA girls state champion in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.32 seconds, which she ran last May at the State High School Track Meet at Laidley Field in Charleston. She has the state’s fastest time this season in the event in Class AA girls at 15.03 seconds, which is a new school record set in the Nicholas County Invitational meet on April 23 at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium.

She also runs a leg on the Lady Grizzly shuttle hurdle relay team, which is the defending Class AA girls state champion with a time of 1 minute, 6.45 seconds. NCHS also has the fastest time statewide this season in Class AA in the shuttle hurdle relay.

She also runs a leg on the 4 x 100-meter relay team, which set a new school record earlier this season.

“It’s close to home and my parents can come and watch me run,” said Messer when asked why she chose to attend GSC over some other schools in the Mountain East Conference. She plans to major in elementary education.

“Glenville State College is a good fit for her,” said NCHS head track coach Robin Martin.

“They have a new coach who will work with Elizabeth to make her even better. There is some strong competition in the Mountain East Conference.”

 

 

 

NCHS boys track team runners-up

in Region IV; seven qualify for states

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly boys track team placed second overall in the Class AA Region IV track meet held Wednesday evening, May 13, at Laidley Field in Charleston.

NCHS scored 85 points to finish runner-up to regional champion Poca, which totaled 123.

Other team scores were Scott 77 points, Herbert Hoover 74, Chapmanville 48, Wayne 46, Sissonville 39, Mingo Central 14 and Clay County 11.

The top three finishers in each event automatically qualified for the State High School Track Meet to be held Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, at Laidley Field in Charleston. Also qualifying were the next four best performances among all four Class AA regional meets combined around the state.

First-place qualifiers were Jackson Reed in the 1600-meter run and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Tyler Hamrick, Oliver Amick, Cody Kelly and Reed.

Amick qualified second in the 400-meter dash and Reed was second in the 3200-meter run.

The shuttle hurdle relay team of Drew Edwards, Kelly, Hamrick and Juvenal Perez was also second.

Amick qualified third in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. In the 110-meter high hurdles, Perez qualified third as did the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Joe Yeager, Reed, Hamrick and Kelly.

Kelly also qualified in the 400-meter dash with his fifth-place time being one of four fastest after the top three of each of the four regions in the state.

 

 

 

NCHS girls place third in Oak Hill meet

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly track team ran to a third-place finish in the Fayetteville Lions Club Invitational track meet at Oak Hill High School on Friday evening, May 8.

NCHS scored 81.5 in their third-place finish, 10 points behind runner-up Greenbrier East, which scored 91.5. Shady Spring narrowly won the team title with 96 points.

Other team scores were Charleston Catholic 69 points, Bluefield 42, Oak Hill 34, Independence 26, Valley Fayette 24, Princeton 20, Pocahontas County 11, Greenbrier West and Westside 8 each, Summers County 6, Richwood 4, PikeView 3, James Monroe 2, Liberty Raleigh 1 and Charleston Catholic B, Fayetteville, Greenbrier East B, Meadow Bridge, Mercer Christian, Midland Trail, Mountain View Christian, Oak Hill B, Sherman and Wyoming East all 0.

Taking first place for the Lady Grizzlies were Elizabeth Messer in the 100-meter hurdles, the shuttle hurdle relay team and the 4 x 100-meter relay team.