The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

March 30, 2014

Track athletes off and running

FAIRMONT — The track season got off to a fast — and wet— start Saturday when all three Marion County high schools participated in the Invitational at the Wayne Jamison Field Complex.

A total of 18 teams competed in the a full day of events. Here’s a few highlights from the Marion County schools.

North Marion passes baton from last season to this season

North Marion enjoyed a lot of success in relay events last season, sending several teams to the state meet. Saturday the Huskies continued that trend.

The 4x100 relay team of McKenzi Fisher, Mariah Dent, Marlee Angelucci and Alexis Hillberry took first place.

Fisher also joined Madison Haught, Lauren Cyphers and Brainne Foley to take second in the shuttle hurdle.

The 4x400 relay team of Hillberry, Madison Haught, Skylah Haught and Taylor Trowbridge placed third to round out the relays.

For Trowbridge, it was just one of three top-six finishes. She added a third-place finish in the 1,600 and a fourth-place finish in the 800.

North Marion coach Keri Bland said she sees a lot of promise in the freshman and hopes she can fill the void created when decorated distance runner Emma Harrison graduated.

“We’re hoping she can bridge the gap with us losing Emma,” said Bland of Trowbridge. “We’re hoping she can step up in distance events.”

Skylah Haught, a qualifier in last year’s state meet, picked up where she left off in the pole vault. She cleared seven feet to place second.

And in the sprints, Angelucci picked up a third-place finish in the 100 meter dash.

The Huskies also got a strong performance out of first-year participant Anna Marie Moscufo.

Moscufo, a second-team all-state basketball star, placed third in the high jump. She also threw over 30 feet in the shot put. Though she didn’t place in this event, the rare combination of jumping and throwing will help the Huskies considerably as the season progresses.

“She came out and blew us away in the high jump,” Bland said.

On the boys’ side, the Huskies’ 4x100 team of Andy Moore, Justin Wheeler, Jerad Hidalgo and Cody Colisino placed fifth.

“As the season opener, it was a really good first meet,” said Bland. “I’m looking to improve from today, and today was already a good start.”

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