Track and field: Ravenswood High represented in Class A state meet

Mark Martin

In track and field, the mission is certainly to place and score points for the team.

And that indeed is the goal at the most important competition of all — the state meet.

While placing and scoring is what all athletes strive to accomplish, being able to represent a program is something to be proud of on the track and field scene.

Ravenswood High School's red and black was among the schools in the Class A portion of the 2021 West Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet last week in Charleston.

This year’s state meet was broken up into a four-day stretch (instead of the traditional two) due to COVID-19.

Class A competition got started Wednesday evening and continued throughout the day Thursday (Class AA was Thursday evening and Friday while Class AAA started Friday evening and the majority of Saturday).

In the girls division, Ravenswood had two individual competitors for head coach Renee Swisher and assistant Mike Schnell.

Lauren Raynes was clocked at 53.51 seconds in the 300 hurdles.

Maci Mosser competed in the 800 meters, turning in a time of 2:45.29 seconds.

The Ravenswood's Red Devilettes track and field program competed at the Class A state meet last week inside Charleston's University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field. Pictured left to right are: Front row, Morgan Smith, Haley Ward and Ciara HInes; back row, Maci Mosser, Lauren Raynes and Marissa Smith.

The Devilettes had a nice presences in the relays.

The shuttle hurdles squad of Haley Ward, Ciara Hines, Mosser and Raynes produced a time of 1:26.88.

The 4x400 unit of Ward, Morgan Smith, Mosser and Raynes had a time of 5:09.49 in the final event of Class A’s state meet.

The 4x200 relay team posted a time of 2:06.66. Haley Ward, Smith, Mosser and Lauren Raynes made up the unit.

Marissa Smith was a sub for all the relays.

A pleasing aspect when it comes to those competing for Ravenswood in the girls division is the fact they are all underclassmen.

Ward and Marissa Smith are juniors, Hines and Morgan Smith are sophomores while Mosser and Raynes are freshmen.  

In the boys division, Cade Curfman had a time of 2:20.16 in the 800 meter run.

Curfman was also a member of both the 4x800 and 4x400 teams.

All four members of Ravenswood's track and field team of 2021 competed at last week's Class A state meet in Charleston. Pictured left to right are: Davey Ramsey, Brandon Haynes, head coach Todd Murray, Cade Curfman and Blair Anderson.

Brandon Haynes, Davy Ramsey and Blair Anderson joined Curfman in the 4x8. The foursome produced a time of 9:57.21.

The same four had a time of 4:07.41 in the 4x4.

Like the girls, all of the Red Devils who competed in the boys division will return for the 2022 campaign.

Curfman, Anderson and Haynes are sophomores. Ramsey is a freshman.

It was another good showing at the state meet for the Little Kanawha Conference, in which Ravenswood is a member.

Williamstown blew away the field in the girls division. The Lady Yellowjackets racked up 130 points with Doddridge coming in as the runner-up with 73. Ritchie and St. Marys placed third and fourth, respectively, scoring 44 and 41 points.

Doddridge County’s boys claimed the Class A state title with 122.5 points. Ritchie County was second with 95.5. St. Marys also finished in the time five by scoring 33 points, which was good for fourth place.