CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It was a banner weekend for the Wahama boys track and field program, as the White Falcons earned their first-ever state championship in track during the 2012 Class A WVSSAC meet held Friday and Saturday at Laidley Field on the campus of the University of Charleston.
The White Falcons — who finished 10th overall with 19 team points — scored their first track championship in the 4x100m relay event, as the quartet of Jacob Buzzard, Benny Youkers, Jacob Ortiz and Crandale Neal posted a winning time of 45.55 seconds.
The gold medal is just the third in track history at Wahama, as Kelsey Zuspan captured a pair of golds last year (2011) in the 100m and 200m dashes. Buzzard, Ortiz and Neal also joined Michael Hendricks in the 4x200m relay to post a fourth-place effort of 1:36.06.
Ortiz placed fifth in both the 100m (11.39) and 200m (24.02) dashes, while Neal finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 1 inch. Buzzard was 12th in the 400m dash (55.20), Tannor Decker was 13th in the 110m hurdles (17.86) and Colton Neal did not place in the high jump after failing to clear the initial height.
The 4x400m relay team of Buuzard, Ian Kapp, Anthony Howard and Crandale Neal finished 10th with a time of 3:47.47, while the 4x800m quartet of Kapp, Hendricks, Howard and Jonathan Ohlinger placed 13th with a mark of 9:28.88. The 4x110m shuttle hurdles team of Decker, Terry Jewell, Kaleb Petry and Colton Neal also finished 13th with a time of 1:08.03.
Hannan also managed to score one point at the state meet, as Ryan Meadows placed sixth in the high jump with a cleared height of 5 feet, 6 inches. The Wildcats tied for 19th place with one point. Doddridge County won the Class A title with 109 points, while Williamstown was the runner-up with 70 points.
On the girls side of things, Williamstown won the team title with 152 points. Doddridge County was second with 99 points, while neither Wahama nor Hannan scored a point at the event. Kelsey Zuspan finished 13th overall in the 100m dash with a time of 13.85 seconds.
Complete results of the 2012 Class A WVSSAC track and field championships are available on the web at runwv.com