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Cabell Midland starting strong

May. 18, 2013 @ 12:42 AM

CHARLESTON -- Cabell Midland's boys team got off to its usual quick start Friday in the West Virginia High School Track Meet at Laidley Field.

The Knights won the first running event Friday afternoon, the 4x800 relay, with a state record time of 7:49.84. Seniors Avery Campbell, Mason Dino, Brian Lawhon and Jacob Burcham were the relay runners.

"This is not my type of race but I did what I needed to do," Campbell said. "I had a lot of faith in the rest of the guys."

Dino said he ran hard to pass the baton to Lawhon. With Burcham running the finishing leg, Dino said he knew the Knights had it.

Lawhon said the Knights had been trying to get the record for four years.

"I felt bad after the first lap," Burcham said. "I thought I was slow and everybody was yelling 'Go, go, go.' I saw the clock on my last lap and knew I was OK."

Winfield was fifth in the 4x800 (8:17.22).

Burcham ended the day with a 3200-meter run victory with a time of 9:08.34. Campbell was fifth with a time of 9:37.02.

Cabell Midland had another win in the shuttle hurdle relay with Jacob Morgan, Niles Dailey, Daniel Jarrell and Nate Moore with a time of 56.84 seconds. Huntington High placed fourth with a time of 58.11.

The Knights lead the AAA boys standings after day one with 32 points. Jefferson, which is seeking a fourth consecutive state championship, is second with 29.

Nathan Wendel from Hurricane placed fourth in the AAA boys long jump (20-4 3/4).

Cody Mitchell and Tannor Hill from Point Pleasant were fourth and fifth in the discus with throws of 146-3 and 143-6, respectively.

Hurricane's girls had Abby Watson taking second place in the AAA discus (126-5) and getting fifth place in the shot put (35-10 3.4).

The Hurricane girls were second in the 4x800 (9:48.45) and Winfield was fourth (9:50.73). Winfield's girls were third in the shuttle hurdles (1:05.47) while Cabell Midland placed fourth (1:05.86).

Lexy Beckett from Wayne finished third in the Class AA girls discus with a toss of 99-feet, 8 inches.

Class A boys distance runner Dylan Rich from Buffalo won the 3200 (9:41.54). The Bison also won the 4x800 with Isaiah Robinson, Tyler Torman, Conner Lamb and Rich with a time of 8:13.66.

A.J. Keys from Poca was fourth in the AA long jump (19-4 3/4).