There were plenty of pleasing aspects to the recently completed 2012 track and field season for the Ravenswood Devilettes.
For starters, Renee Swisher’s program had a presence at the 98th Annual West Virginia State High School Track and Field Meet.
Freshman Hailey Miller just missed scoring in the 400 meters with a seventh place finish (the top six score). She was also on the ninth place 4x800 unit. The squad also featured fellow freshman Taylor Treadway and seniors Ingrid Foslund and Morgan Webb.
Miller, Foslund, Webb and Kirsti Babylon made up the 4x400 relay that placed 12th. Foslund was 13th in the 800 meters.
Some other highlights from the season included Miller placing in the 400 at both the the Region 1 Meet (second) and the Little Kanawha Conference Meet (third). She was first in the 400 at Ripley’s Viking Classic and the Holzer Clinic Sports Medicine Invitational at Point Pleasant.
The 4x800 team also captured first at the meet in Point Pleasant. Miller, Foslund, Scritchfield and Treadway made up the unit.
Babylon and Treadway started the year with wins in the 100 meters and 3200 meters, respectively, at Roane County High School’s Early Bird Invitational.
As far as big meets are concerned, Ravenswood’s best showing was in the Point Pleasant meet. The Devilettes scored 47 points to place fourth overall.
Ravenswood’s squad was youthful in 2012 with Miller, Treadway, Scritchfield, Charity Martinez and Brittany Jones being involved as ninth graders. Mariah Currey and Kaitlyn Titus competed as sophomores while Emily Bolinger was the lone junior.
“I felt we were pretty successful,” said Swisher. “I was real pleased with the drop in time of our 4x800 team (10:49 LKC Meet to 10:33 Region 1 Meet). “Emily Bolinger got injured but was a real cheerleader and motivator for us. Hailey did anything. She would do whatever to help the team. We’ve got a good nucleus returning.”
As always, Swisher got emotional when talking about her seniors – Babylon, Foslund and Webb.
“Kirsti had an up and down season with physical things. She was my captain. She would try to do what was best for the team. Ingrid was such a good role model. Morgan would come and work and she would do anything and run anything I asked.”