Williamstown girls, Ritchie County boys win team titles

ELLENBORO -Williamstown’s girls lapped the field and Ritchie County’s boys won by a comfortable margin on Friday night as the Little Kanawha Conference crowned its 2013 track champions.

The Yellowjacket girls of coach Zach Hall more than doubled the score of runnerup Doddridge County, claiming the league title by a margin of 186 points to 90 for the Bulldogs. Tyler Consolidated was third with 69, one point more than fourth place Ritchie County. St. Marys was fifth with 40 points, followed by Ravenswood 36, Roane County 33, Gilmer County 21, Braxton County 10, Wirt County 3 and Clay County 2.

In the boys competition, Ritchie amassed 128 points to win by nearly a 20-point margin over runnerup Doddridge County, which finished with 108 points. Williamstown was third with 89, followed by Tyler Consolidated 73, Roane County 70, St. Marys 36, Gilmer County 34, Wirt County 9, Calhoun County 4, Ravenswood 2, Braxton County 1 and Clay County 1.

Individually, Doddridge County’s D’Andra Swiger – who has been dominant all season long -continued that trend, accounting for 38 points to earn high point honors. Swiger won the 200, 300 hurdles and long jump titles, while finishing second in the high jump. Scoring 32 points each were Andrea Chidester of Williamstown and Sarah Ferguson of Doddridge. Chidester won the 100 and 400, was second in the 200 and fourth in the long jump. Ferguson won the 100 hurdles, was second in the 300 hurdles and long jump and third in the 100. St. Marys distance standout Maggie Drazba scored 31 points, dominating the distance races by winning the 800, 1600 and 3200 as well as placing sixth in the 3200. Swiger and Chidester hooked up in one of the most exciting finishes of the night, as Swiger won the 200 in a time of 26.80, while Chidester finished in 26.82.

Other girls earning all-conference honors were Williamstown’s Cami Mossor (21 points), Carly Ellison (17), Brooklyn Hammer (16), Madelin Gardner (16), Lincoln Postlewaite (15) and Jessie Kerns (13), Tyler Consolidated’s Haylea LeMasters (21), Ritchie County’s Mikayla Little (18), and Ravenswood’s Hailey Miller (15) and Taylor Treadway (12).

The race for the top boys performer was much tighter, with Alex Doak of Tyler Consolidated coming out on top with 31 points, two more than Johnny Hogue of Ritchie County. Doddridge County’s Dylan Muhly-Alexander accounted for 29 and Ritchie County Jessie Hilvers had 27.

Doak dominated the sprints, winning the 100, 200 and 400 and participating on the Silver Knights’ third place 4 by 100 relay team. Hogue won the 1600 and 3200, was second in the 800 and was a member of Ritchie County’s third place 4 by 400 relay team.

Muhly-Alexander and Hilvers also were double winners with Muhly-Alexander claiming the long jump and 110 hurdles and Hilvers winning the 300 hurdles and the 800.

Other boys earning all-LKC status included Jayden Allender of Ritchie County, Williamstown’s Trace Hart, Jason Lockhart and Evan Smith, Tyler Consolidated’s Hunter LeMasters, Roane County’s Troy Fisher, Steve McGinnis and Kyle Raines, St. Marys’ Jordan Whitehair and Dylan Fetty, and Doddridge County’s Caleb Moore and Isacc Britton.