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High school track

May 21, 2008 - Mike Mathison
The West Virginia High School State Track and Field Championships are too early. It was held last weekend - the end of the same week that the state of Ohio had off preparing for the district meets.

Principals have said the event at the University of Charleston cannot be held later because it would interfere with high school graduation. Yeah, so what. Then, move the graduation to another day.

Seems simple enough to me.

Besides, there are more juniors, sophomores and freshman competing at Laidley Field than seniors.

Graduation ceremonies are an excuse, not a reason.

Two weeks later would help with the weather and would, more than likely, produce better times.

Congratulations to Weir's Stewart Jones (3200 and 1600) and Cameron Brown (long jump) for being individual state champions and Oak Glen's 4x200 relay team of Ethan Smith, Derek Burch, Jacob Porter and Drake Compton for winning a state title. And, those four Golden Bears will be back next year.

Kudos, also, to the Red Riders' boys team who finished second in Class AA, finally putting up a team banner in the high school gym.

The fun began on Monday at West Holmes and Meadowbrook in the Division II Ohio district meet. They will run again Thursday and Saturday to qualify for the regionals.

It is so much harder to get to Columbus than Charleston, but that's due to the sheer numbers of kids who are competing and does not diminish the West Virginia athletes who stand atop the podium after winning a state crown.


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