CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A lot of hardware was handed out Friday and Saturday at Laidley Field, the site of the WV High School State Track Meet.
The Doddridge County Boys are back on top of Single-A. The Bulldogs capture their ninth title in program history. And it’s one that has illuded them since 2015.
It was that year that the bulldogs completed a run of six titles in seven years.
This season’s trophy comes on the heals of three straight third place finishes.
“All the teams, they’re giving it everything they have. This team, they’ve worked really hard, they didn’t give up. We did have adversity we had to overcome, and they did that, and they performed when it counted,” said head coach Bobby Burnside.
The Bulldogs boys placed first in four events, and in the top three in four others, including claiming first and second place in the pole vault.
It was a second place finish for three other area teams, including the Bridgeport girls in Double-A.
The indians, operating with an underdog-like mentality surprised many at the meet, including themselves .
“It was event after event where we turned around and did so much better than we expected. I was confident in these girls, and more importantly, they were confident in themselves. They knew they could make a run at this and we did just that. So it’s an incredible weekend,” said head coach Emilee Yurish.
It was a strong showing by sweeping the relay events saturday that helped lead the indians to all the pictures on the podium. Senior Kirsten George leading the way with multiple medals around her neck.
“The 4×100 because we weren’t expected to do so well. And that was our first time running it this year. But our 4×200 that’s back-to-back firsts for us so it’s kind of a toss up. Really great, because I’ve had a really successful career, team-wise throughout my whole four years and this is just a really great way to go out,” George said.
The Lady Indians fell just three points shy of a state title.
Fairmont senior’s boys, and the Ritchie County girls each also finished in second place in their classes.
Individually, Ritchie County’s Olivia Cress placed first in a trio of events, including the high and long jumps, and she also helped break a school record in the 4×102.5 meter shuttle event.
“I would just like to thank my dad for that, because he’s coached me through all of this,” Cress said.
Webster County’s Cole Deel continued a great athletic year for the Highlanders. Deel helped capture four state titles, including dominant vicotries in the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay.
“I can’t describe the feeling. I’ve never been like this before. I’ve won two before in my entire life, and now i have four. It feels great. This year was amazing. I have a great group of guys. I love it. We all do great here. It’s awesome,” he said.
In total, 32 area teams or individuals won state titles in single events, including 20 individual winners. Meanwhile, a whopping 54 others placed in the top 3.