The Times West Virginian


April 21, 2014

Fairmont Senior boys, North girls continue strong showing on track

BRIDGEPORT — The Fairmont Senior boys’ and North Marion girls’ track teams continued their winning ways as they both finished in the top five at the Harry Green Invitational at Bridgeport High School Saturday.

The Polar Bears took fourth overall out of 16 teams while the Lady Huskies finished fifth out of 17 teams.

Fairmont Senior used a steady dose of both track and field events to sneak into the top ten, gaining 12 top-ten finishes when the meet had ended.

Neil Scherich won the discus throw and Daquan Hilson won the shot put to lead the way.

Scherich also finished third in the 110-meter hurdles, fifth in the 200-meter dash and anchored the shuttle hurdle team of Dakota Mouser, Chad Heldreth and Ben Stewart to a second place finish.

On the individual circuit, Matt Strand placed fifth in the 400-meter dash and sixth in the 800-meter dash and Heldreth took fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.

As for the relays, the 4X100 team of Joseph Bundy, Brent Wyne, Stewart and Heldreth took second and the 4X800 team of Jakeb Van Horn, Wyne, Stewart and Strand took fourth.

In the field events, Mouser took fourth in the high jump, Andrew Summers took third in the shot put and Logan Kish took fifth in the discus.

For the North Marion girls’ team, freshman Taylor Trowbridge continued her streak of top three finishes, this time winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:43.89, beating the next closet runner by nearly 0:04. Trowbridge also took sixth in the 800-meter race and helped the 4X400 relay team along with Alexis Hillberry, Madison Haught and Lauren Freels to a fifth place finish.

In the individual events, Marlee Angelucci finished ninth in the 100-meter dash while McKenzi Fisher and Madison Haught took seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles. Hillberry and Skylah Haught just missed top ten finishes in their events, Hillberry placing 11th in the 400-meter dash and Haught finishing 11th in the 800-meter run.

In the relay events for the Huskies, the 4X200 team of Madison Haught, Fisher, Angelucci and Hillberry took first place, the 4X100 team of Fisher, Angelucci, Hillberry and Mariah Dent took second and the shuttle hurdle team of Madison Haught, Lauren Cyphers, Hannah Gordon and Fisher also took second.

Skylah Haught also took second in the pole vault.

Fairmont Senior’s girls’ team finished 12th on the day with a few competitors making some noise.

Taylin Dobbs took home a 10th place finish in the 400-meter dash; Natalia Parker placed second in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles and 11th in the 300-meter hurdles; and Shania Riffle and Emily Hershberger took second and seventh, respectively, in the high jump.

For the North Marion boys’ team, Frankie Thomas tied for sixth on the high jump; John Merrifield finished seventh and ninth in the 200- and 400-meter dash, respectively; and Andrew Moore took 11th in the 300-meter hurdles.

Overall, Hampshire won the girls’ event and Keyser won the boys’ event.

North Marion is back on the track Saturday at Clay-Battelle for the Rush Invitational while Fairmont Senior will wait until May 2 to compete in the Gazette Relays in Charleston.

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