Prep Notebook: Kilgore achieves personal record
Spring Valley's Jacob Kilgore had a target time when he stepped to the line Saturday morning to compete in the 400 meters in the West Virginia State Track and Field Meet.
Break 50 seconds. The sophomore did.
Kilgore covered one lap at Laidley Field in a personal-best 49.98 seconds to finish second to Jefferson's Dante Price in Class AAA. The senior standout for the Cougars swept the sprints (49.02 in the 400) and ran a leg on the victorious 4x200 relay team to take high-point honors with 32.5. He's headed to Virginia Tech.
"I ran the race I wanted," Kilgore said.
Earlier in the season, Kilgore had some strategy issues. He got them solved and his times started to come down. He ran a 50.44 to win the regional at Hurricane.
"I used to stress the first 200. It hurt me," Kilgore said. "I finally got stress free. I was sixth or seventh on the last turn, then kicked it as hard as I could. It's hard chasing Dante (400) and Jacob (Cabell Midland's Jacob Burcham in the 800)."
HALE NOT FORGOTTEN: Starters at the state meet had a special assignment card this year. A picture of Doc Hale was in the background on the card. Hale was a starter at the state meet for many years as well as other area, state and national meets. He passed away in June working an AAU meet in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 80.
THERE SHE GOES: Maggie Drazba of St. Marys swept the Class A distance races again. She leaves with 13 state titles and meet records in 800, 1600 and 3200. In the 3200 on Friday, the West Virginia recruit clocked in at 10:31.83 which is not only the Class A best, but the best for any female athlete in any class.
OFF TO UK: Buffalo's Dylan Rich, who swept the 800, 1600 and 3200 in Class A boys, will continue his track career at the University of Kentucky.
OFF TO CAROLINA: Buckhannon-Upshur's Emily Godwin had a 40-point meet in Class AAA girls. She won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and long jump to give her high-point honors for her division. She'll continue her track career at North Carolina.
PLACERS FOR GIRLS: Here's a rundown on area athletes who scored.
Cabell Midland: Jakeya Perrin was fifth in the 400. Makenzi Niebergall was fourth in the 100 hurdles. The Knights were fourth in the shuttle hurdles.
Winfield: Emily Cole was fifth in the AAA 100. Barkley Castro won the 800. The Generals took second in the 4x200, fifth in the 4x400, fourth in the 4x800 and third in the shuttle hurdles.
Hurricane: Lauren London was fifth in the high jump. Abby Watson was second in the discus and fifth in the shot put. The Redskins won the 4x800.
Point Pleasant: Andrea Porter was sixth in the 800.
Wayne: Lexy Beckett was third in the shot and discus to account for her school's 12 points.
Wahama's Kelsey Zuspan was second in the 100, third in the 200 and fifth in the long jump. Wahama was sixth in the 4x100. Zuspan was on that foursome.
PLACERS FOR BOYS: Here's the rundown on area boys who scored.
Hurricane: Steven Handley was sixth in the 100. The 4x400 relay was sixth. Nathan Wendel was fourth in the long jump.
Winfield: John Hathaway was sixth in the 200. Preston Sheldon was fifth in the 800. The 4x100 team was sixth. The 4x800 team was fifth.
Point Pleasant: Zachary Canterbury was fifth in the 400. The 4x200 relay was sixth. The 4x400 team was fifth. Cody Mitchell was fourth and Tannor Hill fifth in the discus.
Cabell Midland: Mason Dino was fourth in the 800.
Huntington High: Ryan Gatrell was third in the 110 hurdles. The Highlanders were third in the 4x100 and fourth in the shuttle hurdles. Andrew Ching tied for fifth in the high jump.
Poca: Shuttle hurdle team was sixth. A.J. Keys was fourth in the long jump. Christian Buckley won the shot put and discus and brother Quentin was second in the discus.
Wahama: Jacob Ortiz was third in the 100 and sixth in the 200.
Buffalo: Isaiah Robinson was second in the 800. Hayden Harrison was sixth in the 3200. Gabe Garrison was fifth in the 110 hurdles. Buffalo was fourth in the 4x100, fourth in the 4x200, fifth in the 4x400, fifth in the shuttle hurdles and won the 4x800.
KENTUCKY TENNIS: In the KHSAA State Tournament, Fairview's Kennedy Womack was top seed in girls singles, but lost to Madeline Rolph of Sayer in the semfinals. Rolph, the No. 10 seed, went on to win the championship. In doubles, Russell's Maci Ferguson and Kierstin Hensley and Rose Hill Christian's Alex Billups and Leslie Stringer lost in the semifinals. For boys, Lawrence County's Jake Estep made All-State. Stringer, Billups, Hensley, Ferguson made All-State for girls.
David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.