Class AA locals eye regional track championships

PARKERSBURG – Ritchie County, Roane County and Ravenswood will compete today starting at 4 p.m. at Oak Glen High School in the Class AA, Region I track and field championships.

Half of the 10-team field is comprised of Little Kanawha Conference programs as Braxton County and Webster County will join the Rebels, Raiders and Red Devils.

Although no LKC squad is expected to grab a regional championship, there should be a plethora of individuals vying for a trip to Charleston.

LKC high-point winner Samantha Kirk, who won individual titles at the LKC in the open 400 along with both hurdles events, is heading into the regional in fine form after scoring 32 points for the Rebels. Ritchie County teammate Abi Haught also was an all-LKC performer.

Roane County’s Josie Raines, who won the LKC high jump and amassed 25 points, will compete in the regional alongside fellow all-conference performers Danielle Godbey, a fellow Raider, as well as Kate Golinsky of Braxton County and Courtney Treadway of Webster County.

The Raiders’ top effort for the boys last week at the LKC came thanks to Austin McGinnis winning the high jump. He amassed enough points to make the all-LKC squad as did the Ritchie County trio of Austin Garrett – the LKC pole vault champ – and fellow Rebels Hunter Deem and Daniel Cooper.

McGinnis entered the regional ranked third in the state for the high jump and Cooper follows right behind in fourth. Raider Haden Coon is ranked eighth in double-A in the 110 high hurdles and third in the pole vault. Garrett, who is rated seventh currently in the 100, is the defending state pole vault champion.

The Ritchie County boys of head coach Rick Haught also will look for a solid meet from Jordan Smith, who has rankings of fifth in the 400 and sixth in the long jump. Cooper (5th, 800; 10th, 1600) and Deem (7th, 800; 7th, 1600; 3rd, 3200) also should supply plenty of firepower.

Raines has been dominant all spring and is currently ranked by as the expected state runner-up in the 200 and long jump while ranking seventh in the 100. Raiders Hannah McKown (7th, 100 hurdles), Kaitlin Bush (6th, shot) and Godbey (4th, 300 hurdles) also figure to advance from today’s regional.

While Kirk, currently ranked second statewide in both hurdles events for double-A, should score points, the Rebels also have a pair of pole vaulters ready to advance to next week’s state meet in Charleston in Abi Haught and Sarah Cokeley. Haught is currently tied for second in the pole vault and Cokeley checks in at fourth place.