Class A’s boys division of the West Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet had Ravenswood finishing with 29 points, which tied them for seventh in the overall team standings.
Bringing a smile to head coach Todd Murray’s face is the fact those who produced the 29 points will return next season.
Ravenswood was dead-even with Tucker County during the two-day State Meet at University of Charleston Stadium/Laidley Field in the team standings of Class A boys. The State Meet took place this past Friday and Saturday.
Magnolia won the Class A team title with 58 points. St. Marys got the runner-up trophy with 72.5. Doddridge County (69), South Harrison (50.5), Webster (37.5) and Ritchie (33) were next in line.
Ravenswood’s top performance of the weekend came on Friday night when junior Blake Jarrell placed second in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:09.79.
The following day Jarrell earned third place in the 1600 (4:40.84).
His twin brother Bryce was fourth in both the 3200 (10:22.68) and 1600 (4:41.12). Junior Austin Garrett was fourth in the 200 meters (23.52).
Blake Jarrell also picked up a fifth place finish for two team points in the 800 (2:04.58).
The 4x400 team (3:40.47) added an additional team point in the last event of the day by coming in sixth. Colton Clark, another junior, joined the Jarrells and Garrett to form the foursome.
“I’m always pleased with our performances,” said Murray. “I’m definitely proud of where they’ve come over the last two years. We are trying to move up the state rankings with very few runners.”
Sophomore Deshone Cooper had a personal best in the 3200 with a time of 10:31.06. He just missed placing by finishing seventh. He also turned in a best of the season time of 4:53.83 in the 1600. Cooper was a member of the 4x800 team which featured Clark, freshman Seth Marra and freshman Mason Stutler.
“All of these guys are back,” Murray said.
In the girls division of Class A, Ravenswood’s Devilettes of head coach Renee Swisher had two relay teams compete.
The 4x100 team of sophomore Emma Weekley, junior Kaylin Butler, senior Marissa McCoy and junior Kassidy Anderson turned in a time of 58.07. The 4x400 unit of McCoy, Nicole Hurt, a junior, Butler and Anderson was clocked at 5:05.72.
With all but McCoy returning next season among the state meet qualifiers the future of appears bright for Devilette track and field under the veteran Swisher.