By NICK CARROLL
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - On Saturday afternoon the 2018 West Virginia state track meet concluded and four athletes from Mineral County came home with a 2nd place finish. Frankfort's Kayla Grose, Abby Beeman, and Briar Cessna each landed a 2nd place finish on the podium while Shayden Daugherty of Keyser earned a runner-up medal as well.
The two day track meet was held at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field near the WV State Capitol complex. As a team the Golden Tornado guys finished in 8th place with a total of 20 points while the Frankfort Falcons landed in 16th place with a total of 10 points. The Bridgeport boys won the overall team title scoring a total of 105 points. On the girls side of the meet, the Lady Falcons finished in 6th place with a total of 22 points, while Keyser earned 6 points for a 20th place finish. The Bridgeport girls also won the team title scoring a total of 152.5 points.
The meet kicked off on Friday afternoon and the Golden Tornado quickly scored 8 points as Shayden Daugherty placed 2nd in the Discus throwing a personal best of 147’07”. Shayden wasn't done racking up points for the Golden Tornado adding another 4 points in Shot Put once again breaking his previous personal best throwing a distance of 47'2" to finish 4th.
Frankfort's Kayla Grose competed in four events over the weekend, and nearly took home the blue ribbon in the the 300m Hurdles. Kayla was neck and neck with Erica Hegele of Shady Springs throughout the entire race but was just edged at the finish line. Kayla posted a personal best time of 45.86, knocking a full second off her previous best. Kayla took home 5th place in the Long Jump (16'3"), 4th in the 100 meter dash (13.21), and 7th in the 200 meter dash (26.53).
Known for her skills on the hardwood, all-state Abby Beeman of Frankfort showed off her leaping ability with a 2nd place finish in Long Jump. Abby managed to outperform her previous personal best of 15'10" recorded at the 2018 Regional Tournament and landing a distance of 16’4.5” in Charleston to earn 8 points for the Lady Falcons.
In the 400 meter dash, Frankfort Falcon speedster Briar Cessna used his incredible endurance for a late race kick to bypass multiple runners and cross the finish line with a personal best time of 51.12 good enough for 2nd place. Briar managed to shave off more than a full second off his previous personal best of 52.28, recorded at North Marion's track just two weeks ago.
The Golden Tornado 4x400 team of Christian Ravenscroft, John Del Signore, Elijah Fagan, and Reggie Redman finished on the podium with a time of 3:32.22, and 3rd place overall which added 6 points to the team score. Keyser's Kayla Willison also found a place on the podium in Shot Put with a distance of 34’-3.25” for 3rd place. Keyser’s Steven ‘Scooba’ White took home 7th place in the Discus (134'04") and 5th in the Shot Put (46'-5.25"). Reggie Redman was 10th in the 400m (52.18) and 7th in the 110m Hurdles (16.26). In Pole Vault Keyser’s Brendan Pattison and Tanner Staggs cleared 11’00” to take home 8th and 9th place respectively. John Del Signore leaped a distance of 20’00" a personal best, to finish 7th overall in the Long Jump.
The Frankfort 4x200 team of Cole Hiett, Briar Cessna, Logan Crock, and Nick Marley finished in 5th place with a time of 1:34.11. The Falcon 4x400 relay team of Cole Hiett, Robert Shanholtz, Logan Crock, and Briar Cessna finished in 9th place with a time of 3:39.35. In Long Jump Frankfort's Logan Crock jumped 19’6” for 9th place, and Derrick Alt ran the 3200 meter run in 10:26.89 placing 10th. In the girls 4x800 meter relay Frankfort’s team of Chaysie Barnes, Lily Cessna, Corinna Strietbeck, and Abby Beeman finished in 10th place with a time of 10:43.77. The Falcon 4x110 Shuttle Hurdle team of Cole Hiett, Riley Haines, Devyn Gillespie, and Chase Engle finished 13th with a time of 1:04.37.
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