Good Start For PCHS Track Teams
Richwood, WV – The 2012 Pocahontas Warriors boys and girls track teams are rebuilding, but off to a good start. During their first competition in Richwood on March 30, the boys placed second and the girls, fourth, out of eight teams.
Juniors Clayton Irvine and Kyler Doss gave standout performances for the boys. Senior Erica Rebinski, junior Ashley Peacock and sophomore Fredricah Gardner had excellent results for the girls.
PCHS is currently ranked in the top-10 in several events in the RunWV Class A rankings. The boys are ranked number-five in the 4x100m relay; number-10 in the 4x200m relay; number-seven in the 4x800m relay; and number-six in the shuttle hurdle relay. Senior Jesse Taylor is tied at number-7 in the 110m high hurdles and Taylor and fellow senior William Kelley are tied for number-four, with two other athletes, in the high jump.
The PCHS girls are also ranked in the top-10 in four events. The girls are ranked number-eight in the 4x100m relay and number-seven in the shuttle hurdle relay. Gardner is ranked number eight in the shot put and and number-nine in the discus.
Neither team is currently ranked in the top-ten overall, but that could change. With both basketball teams making it to states this year, some track team members had to report late for track practice, and a lag time can be expected.
Last season, the Pocahontas boys finished number-six in the state, and eight of those 17 athletes graduated. The girls finished unranked last season, but the team lost just one athlete to graduation.
Veteran girls track coach Kay Wiley also is coaching the boys in 2012, due to the departure of coach Mike Knisely. Wiley fields a boys team of 29 athletes, including five freshmen, five sophomores, 12 juniors and seven seniors. 22 athletes are competing on the girls team, which includes three freshmen, six sophomores, six juniors and seven seniors.
The next Pocahontas County Warriors track meet is on April 17, 4 p.m. at Richwood High School.
Thanks to Bruce McKean for the information in this report. See alleghenymountainradio.org for Bruce’s full Warriors track team column.