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Locals win on first day of Class A state meet

Photo Provided by Mark Hawkins Doddridge County's Carter Lipscomb, left, crosses the finish line to win the Class A state championship in the 3200 meter run Wednesday in Charleston.

CHARLESTON — Top-ranked Williamstown amassed 30 points on the opening night of the Class A state track and field meet here Wednesday at Laidley Field as head coach Zach Hall’s squad leads St. Marys, 30-14.

The Yellowjackets, who won the 2019 state crown, watched Ella Hesson win the 3200 with a time of 11:52.65, which topped Doddridge County’s Lexie Lamb’s effort of 12:00.33.

Virginia Haddox of St. Marys placed third with a clocking of 12:22.29 and Yellowjacket Brianna Winsett earned two points for her team by finishing fifth place with a 12:24.93.

WHS also received gold from Ella McMullen, who nipped St. Marys’ Erica Davis (59.67 to 1:00.44), to win the 400. Williamstown’s Camryn Irvin finished third after clocking in at 1:00.46 and ‘Jacket teammate Brookelyn Reynolds was fifth (1:01.59).

In the Class A boys team race after two events, Magnolia holds a 20-14 lead against Doddridge County.

Photo Provided by Mark Hawkins Williamstown's Ella Hesson competes in the 3200 meter run at the Class A state track meet Wednesday in Charleston.

The Blue Eagles, the Bulldogs and Ritchie County are expected to be neck-and-neck in the final team standings.

Magnolia senior Jason Beisel sped to victory in the 400 with a time of 50.97. Blue Eagle teammates Gavin Postlethwait (3rd, 51.91) and Gavin Herrick (4th, 52.85) also had podium efforts.

In the 3200, Doddridge County senior Carter Lipscomb held off Wheeling Central freshman Aidan Scott 10:11.60 to 10:11.88 to win gold. Michael Cline of Wood County Christian placed third with a time of 10:12.96. Bulldog Trent Gola earned four points for the green and gold after placing fourth with a time of 10:17.63.

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