Kovalcik soars to another state title

Oak Glen’s Maggie Kovalcik leaps to a Class AA state title in the long jump during the West Virginia State Track and Field Meet Friday at Laidley Field in Charleston. (Special to the Review/Kyle Lutz)

From Staff Reports

CHARLESTON W.Va.–Maggie Kovalcik got off to a flying start at the West Virginia State Track and Field Meet Friday.

The Oak Glen senior soared to a second consecutive Class AA state long jump title with a jump of 17-10 1/4 at Laidley Field in Charleston.

Kovalcik came in with the top long jump in Class AA and finished comfortably ahead of the runner-up mark of 17-6 1/2 by Frankfort’s Abby Beeman.

Also in the long jump, Oak Glen’s Skye Stokes finished ninth with a jump of 15-5.

In girls discus action, Oak Glen’s Kaylee Travis earned a fourth-place finish (116-6), while Connor Gibson was eighth at 99-7.

Also for the Oak Glen girls, the shuttle hurdle team of Kristina Neely, Skye Stokes, Gracie Wright and Izzy Barganski also grabbed a podium spot by finishing sixth with a time of 1:11.55

Izzy Barganski earned a spot in the 100-meter hurdles finals with a time of 16.76, good for a fourth-place finish in the prelims.

The 3200-meter relay team of Ava Ross, Phoebe Molish, Sophia Arner and Chloe Molish finished ninth with a time of 10:34.98.

On the boys side, The Oak Glen boys 3200-meter relay team of Matthew Wright, Mason Konchar, Konnor Allison and Nathan Atkinson took home a fourth place finish with a time of 8:26.57.

Jacob Clark nabbed the eighth and final spot in the 110-meter hurdles final with a preliminary time of 16.25.

In the boys 100-meter dash Tristan Lawson just missed qualifying for the finals, finishing ninth with a time of 11.53. Lawson also finished ninth in the 200-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 23.68.

Gage Patterson was 11th in the long jump at 19-3 3/4.

The 440 shuttle hurdle team of Dakota Holbrook, Jackson Ketchum, Seth Mozingo and Jacob Clark finished eighth (1:02.11).

Around 6 p.m. action was halted by a four-hour rain delay. The remaining field events were canceled for the day. The running events resumed shortly after 10 p.m.

Action will continue from Laidley Field at 9 a.m. today.