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Madonna’s Lesho, 3200 team place third

THIRD IS THE WORD — Madonna’s Kristina Lesho competes in the 1600-meter run where she placed third overall during Thursday’s Class A state track meet. -- Kyle Lutz

CHARLESTON — On a day where the sun shined, the clouds opened up and lightning struck, the West Virginia Class A state track meet came to an end Thursday at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.

For Madonna, Kristina Lesho placed third in the 1600-meter run and sixth in the 800.  The Blue Dons also secured third in the 3200 (Lesho, Ella Wingett, Juliana Velegol and Sofia-Teresa DiBacco). 

Lesho, Velegol and DiBacco also secured fourth in the 1600 with Angelina Spickard. The boys’ 3200 team (Peyton Moore, Lennon Dietrich, Marc Pietranton and Korey Kakascik) placed sixth. 

With a plethora of athletes making their way to the podium, it was Magnolia’s Jason Beisel and Mady Winters making the most noise. 

After securing the 400 on Wednesday, it was back to business for Beisel, as he won the 100 (11.31) and 200 (23.23). 

“It’s been a lot of fun. I’d like to thank my coaches, especially coach (Trey) Meeks for pushing me to be my best and to get the opportunity to show everybody what I have,” Beisel said. “It’s definitely fun.”

Beisel helped the Magnolia boys finish third as a team. Doddridge County won the meet with 122.5 points, while Ritchie County placed second (95.5).  

Mady Winters also claimed multiple individual titles for the Blue Eagles on the girls’ side. She set a new record in the shot put with a throw of 41-07.25 and also claimed the discus (125-05). 

“It was definitely a goal that I had in mind coming down here,” Winters said about breaking the record. “Being ranked first by a large amount, it was something that I had in mind that I wanted to do.” 

Gavin Postlethwait also claimed an individual state championship for the Blue Eagles. He secured a personal best in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6-02 en route to a title. 

“I knew I could do it,” Postlethwait said. “It’s something new, definitely, but I came out with confidence and got the job done.” 

The Blue Eagles’ 3200 team claimed gold by inches. On the anchor leg, Gavin Herrick edged out Doddridge County’s Trent Gola by less than a second timing in at 8:40.93. Also on the team was Lucas Zombotti, Brady Renner and Trevor Williamson. 

Also winning a state championship on the boys’ side was Wheeling Central’s Aidan Scott. He claimed the 1600 in a time of 4:42.32 a day after placing second in the 3200. 

“This race (Thursday) has been really fun,” Scott said. “I like racing and I know all the guys out here love racing, too. I feel like because of them, I had great competition and that they could push me a little bit more.”  

Scott’s teammate, Cooper Blair placed fifth in the 100 for the Maroon Knights.

He was also on Wheeling Central’s second place 400 relay that consisted of Payton Marling, Nigel Walsh and Bobby Geyer. Those four also placed sixth in the 800. 

The Maroon Knights finished fifth overall. 

Also, for the Blue Eagles, Herrick placed third in the 800 while the shuttle hurdle teams of Chase Glover, Brady Renner, Marcus Barnes and Logan Beegle placed sixth.

Renner, Herrick, Allen Collins and Williamson placed sixth in the 4×400 for the Blue Eagles. 

Tyler Consolidated’s Haydn Brown tied for second in the high jump while teammate Austin Timmons secured sixth in the 300 hurdles. 

Timmons was also on the fourth place 4×400 team with Sean Winfrey, Trey Landis and Sage Landis. 

Paden City’s shuttle hurdle team of Jasup Spragg, Zane Yeater, Logan Smith and Shane Anderson collected a fifth-place finish. 

Tyler Consolidated’s Jocelyn Foltz claimed gold in the 100, as she clocked in at 13.13. 

“I’m still trying to process it, but it feels really good,” Foltz said. “It’s amazing. I have a lot of good girls in my grade and all of them are great competitors. They push me where I am. I’m just thankful for all my competitors and everyone that has pushed me this far.” 

Foltz also placed sixth in the long jump and was on the 4×100 relay team that placed fourth. Makayla Haught, Caitlyn Northcraft and Victoria Yost were also on the team. 

Magnolia’s Jaci Rohde secured third in the 100 and fifth in the long jump.  

She was also on the 4×200 relay team that placed fourth. The team also included Julia Lilze, Kaylee Cline and Bre Herrick. 

The 400 of Kalleigh Beisel, Lilze, Bre Herrick and Rohde placed second.

For the Blue Eagles, the shuttle hurdle team of Lenecia Grimm, Shaela Holliday, Emma Spitzer and Reese Hale placed sixth. 

For Paden City, Hope Weber claimed third in both the discus and shot put while Mallory Yeater took fourth in the long jump and Hallie McDonald secured sixth in the 100 hurdles.

The Magnolia girls finished fifth while both Madonna and Paden City each secured a Top 10 finish tying for eighth. 

Williamstown won the girls meet scoring 130 points while Doddridge County claimed runner-up (73). 

CLASS AA

Oak Glen’s Kami Ward started the Class AA state championship with a second-place finish in the 400. Matthew Greenlief also placed in the 400 for the Golden Bears on the boys’ side, as he crossed the line in third. 

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