The Chapmanville Regional High School track and field team performed very well at last week’s Class AA Region 4 finals as 10 athletes and one alternative have qualified for this weekend’s Class AA state meet, which is set for Friday and Saturday at Charleston’s Laidley Field.
“We did very well,” CRHS coach Joetta Thompson said. “We made it in six events, three solos and three relays. My team as a whole did well. They have competed very well this year and improved each time. I have several that placed in the competition and even though they didn’t place high enough to go to state, they still earned points for the team at this meet and beat their own personal record.”
Chapmanville is sending two runners in the coveted 100-meter dash event — Devin Wiley and Ethan Thompson. Wiley was second with a time of 11.73. Thompson was fourth hundreths of a second behind at 11.77 in third place.
Tiger sprinter Andrew Workman is also going to the state meet after he was first in the 200-meter dash in the regionals, which was also held at Laidley. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the state in the event as he has ran the second fastest time.
“I look for him to at least be in the top three in the state on Saturday,” Coach Thompson said.
In the relays, Chapmanville’s boys were first place in the 4x200 and 4x100 meter relays with times of 1:36.79 and 1:46.62.
Runner Mara Mazzocchi also qualified for the state girls’ meet with a third-place finish in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:05.61. She was ranked sixth in the event heading into the regionals.
“She was a pleasant surprise,” Coach Thompson said of Mazzocchi.
Chapmanville’s 4x200 relay team was third to advance to the state meet as well. The squad ran the event in 1:59.56.
“I am very proud of all the athletes on my team and happy to have nearly half of my team move on to the state finals this coming weekend,” Coach Thompson said. “As my first year coaching high school track and field, I have learned a lot as have they and we have come a long way. There will be a lot of hard work this next week preparing for the state event. I’d like to invite fellow Logan Countians to come and support the Tiger Track Team on Saturday starting at 10 o’clock at Laidley Field.”
Chapmanville also turned in some other fine performances last week at the regionals.
One of those was by Jeff Lunsford who went into the regionals ranked No. 9 in the 400-meter dash. He ended up fifth with a time of 57.29 seconds which earned the CRHS team points. It was also his personal best time.
Zachary Thompson, a senior, beat his personal best in the 100-meter dash. He qualified in the preliminaries with a 12.44 and was able to move into the finals to finish with a 12.39 in sixth place and earned a point for the team.
Christina Osborne, a freshman, missed being in the top three of the 100-meter dash by 1/100th of a second.
“The competition is very tough and timed to the thousandth of a second,” Coach Thompson said.