Oak Glen gets pair of gold medalists on first day of WV state tournament

QUALIFYING — Weir High’s Ben Fedoush (left) and Oak Glen’s Kellen Tropeck (right) compete in the discus during the state tournament on Friday. Tropeck won a state title, while Fedoush finished third. In the middle, Oak Glen’s Maggie Kovalcik qualifies in the 100-meter dash. (Photos by Kyle Lutz)

Oak Glen’s Kellen Tropeck’s final throw was his best. The junior threw 156-feett-02 to claim the West Virginia Class AA state championship in the discus.

“There was some great competition here,” Tropeck said. “And I just came out with coach (Ethan) Delekta’s help and the support of my team, my family gave me the strength to throw and win.”

Another Golden Bear captured a state championship as Maggie Kovalcik won the girls Class AA long jump with a leap of 17-04.75.

Magnolia’s Brooks Parsons was also a local winner at the state meet. In the high jump, he cleared the bar at 6-02 to claim the Class A title.

“At first I thought I lost,” Parsons said. “But they called us back and we had to have a jump off. I went up there and jumped as hard as I could and just put everything from the past four years together. I jump 6-02.”

Tyler Consolidated’s Spencer Corley placed fourth while Wheeling Central’s Jeremiah Blackmore tied for fifth in the Class A boys high jump.

In the 4×800, Magnolia’s tandem of Logan Beegle, Jason Beisel, Ethan Herrick and Spencer Shepard placed fifth (8:34.24) while Tyler Consolidated’s team of Corley, Gavin Corley, Josh Frum and Destry Nelson placed sixth (8:40.52.)

Also getting a place on the podium locally were Madonna’s Angelo Quattrocchi as he placed fifth in the 3200 (10:43.76).

Weir’s Ben Fedoush also had a solid day as he threw 146-09 to secure a third place finish in the discus.

Gage Patterson of Oak Glen placed in the long jump securing fifth place (20-07.25).

In Class AAA, Wheeling Park’s Ronnie Saunders had a solid race in the 3200 as he finished second with a time of 9:39.57. Jermain Snodgrass also claimed a silver medal for the Patriots as he threw 53-00.25 in the shot put.

Rounding out the scoring for the Patriots was the 4×800 relay team. Vincent DiProsperis, Cullen Powell, Michael Harriman and Saunders took fourth place with a time of 8:11.30.

On the girls’ side, Oak Glen’s Kylee Williams claimed fourth place in the shot put in Class AA with a throw of 33-06. Williams also secured third in the discus (110-02).

In Class AAA, Wheeling Park’s Brady Browning tied for third place in the pole vault (9-00) while teammate Nash captured fourth in the shot put (35-08.75).

John Marshall’s shuttle hurdle team timed in at 1:06.28 to finish second. The Monarchs team consisted of Alyssa Ehni, Tahya Stewart, Claudia Callahan and Kaitlyn Groves.

In Class A, Wheeling Central placed second as Caroline Lestitian, Nicole Billie, Taylor Duplaga and Ireland Wayt ran a solid 10:16.91. Marisa Horan also scored points for the Maroon Knights as she placed fourth in the long jump (16-02).

Sophie Palmer of Valley tied for third in the high jump (4-10) with Hundred’s Emily Metz. Her teammate, Katherine Henderson, tied for sixth (4-8).

In the shuttle hurdles, Tyler Consolidated (Rachel Thomas, Kirshana Smith, Rachal Hashman and Emily Lancaster) took fifth place in a time of 1:12.37.

Magnolia placed sixth in the shuttle hurdles. Alyssa Kocher, Mikalyn Renner, Lenecia Grimm and Liza Clegg clocked in at 1:12.55.