Chambers wins high-point award at Brooke Relays

WELLSBURG – Kelsey Chambers had specific goals in mind when she entered a windy Brooke Memorial Stadium Saturday for the Wendy’s Brooke Relays.

“Of course, every time I race I want to win,” said the Oak Glen senior.

That happened twice in three races.

She claimed the 3200 in a PR and school-record time of 11:40.0.

“The two-mile was my main focus today,” she said. “I wanted to get my school record (11:45). That was my main goal.”

Chambers placed second in the 1600 to outstanding St. John Central runner Fallon Doyle (5:18.61 to 5:25.83).

She turned the tables on Doyle in the 800, running 2:25.51 to outpace Doyble by 6.37 seconds.

“She is such a good runner,” Chambers said of Doyle. “She makes me a better runner when I race her. She helps me get better times.

“I love having people push me. I’d rather race and get beat by someone and have a good time than win and not have a good time.”

Chambers finished her afternoon as the high-point award winner on the girls side.

“For the mile and eight, I just wanted to get through them and see how high I could place and get the best time I could,” said Chambers, who leads West Virginia Class AA in the 800 (2:27.45), 1600 (5:23.12) and 3200 (11:40.0) and is a member of the 4×800 team that is also best in the state (10:14.9).

“I felt good first two laps in the mile. I struggled on the third lap, but still stayed with her. The last lap, I didn’t have the speed and she kind of got away. I was happy with my time.

“I tried to give everything I had in the eight.

“The mile I would have liked to win, but I can’t win them all. As long as I have a good time, that’s what I’m worried about right now.

“I’m really happy how things are going this year.”

Chambers’ 28 points helped led the Lady Golden Bears to the team championship with 106 points, 21 better than Brooke. Steubenville was third as 71.

Finishing second in the individual high-point award was Steubenville Big Red’s Elise Watts.

The sophomore claimed victories in the long jump (16-8) and 100 hurdles (16.1) and was a member of the 4×100 (53.49) and 4×200 (1:56.78) relay teams that finished second to Brooke (53.02, 1:52.48).

“I want to do better this year than I did last year,” said Watts, who finished fourth in the Division II state long jump championship. She also qualified for Columbus as a member of the 4×100 relay squad. “I started working out before track season started so I can improve more. I want to go to state not only for the long jump, but for the hurdles as well.

“I also want to help our relays make it to state. I think that would be a really good experience for all of us.

“I’m thankful that the season has gone well so far.”

Watts has gone from freshman to sophomore leader because of the youth on the Big Red roster.

“There’s a lot of pressure because I want to be a good influence,” she said. “I want to be a leader. I like being there for my teammates.”

The Weir High boys have the best time in the state in the 4×100 (44.59) and its 1:35.2 from Saturday in the 4×200 puts them at No. 3.

Oak Glen is second in the state in the 4×200 (1:34.64) and third in the 4×100 (45.07). It is also second in the 4×400 (3:37.44) and 4×800 (8:46.62).

The Red Riders pulled out individual wins in the 100 and 200 Saturday.

JoJo Rice claimed the 100 (11.66) and Cole Slates in the 200 (23.81). Slates is the defending state champ in the 200 and Rice placed second in the 100.

“We came into this year and said we have to do what we did last year, only better,” said Rice. “We have to work on our handoffs and try to improve the best we can.

“It was in our mind getting to states last year and winning the title was in our dreams, and our dreams came true.”

Rice, Slates and Clarence Bennett are three-fourths of the 4×100 and 4×200 teams that won state championships almost a year ago.

Donovan Spencer is the fourth this year with Dalante Tucker also in the mix. Spencer also plays baseball and the Red Riders had a doubleheader on Saturday, so Tucker saw action.

“He (Tucker) is a really good runner,” said Rice. “They are both really good runners.

“We are looking forward to what’s coming up. But, we know no one is going to hand us anything. We have to keep working hard. We have to keep working on our handoffs.”

The Golden Bears’ Micah Swiger and Linsly’s Matthew Hurley tied for the high-point honor with 22 each.

Swiger won the long jump (19-1, he is the defending state Class AA champ) and took second in the 200 (24.24). He was also a member of the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams that finished second.

Noah Mills captured the discus at 134-10.

Oak Glen won the 4×400 (3:41.78) and 4×800 (8:49.75) relays.

The Golden Bears finished with 121 points to sweep the team championships.

Linsly (110) was second, Brooke (77) third, Weir (75) fourth and Big Red (72.3) fifth.

Indian Creek’s Whitney Martin grabbed a double by winning the 100 (13.13) and 200 (27.53). Teammate Kristen Shimko won the discus at 125-4, two inches off her personal and school record.

Boys teammate Max Lewis ran away with the 800 (2:05.01) and took second in the 400 (53.4).

Brooke’s McKenzie DeFranco, Jena Riccelli, Cheyenne Hudson and Matalie Fowler won the 4×100 and Faith Johnson, Alexis Turner-Davis, Ricelli and Hudson won the 4×200.

Madonna’s Gianna Anile, Chloe Connor, Cameron Dowiak and Emilie Pollard won the 4×400, wher the Blue Dons are the defending Class A state champs.