CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The George Washington-hosted BB&T Classic was becoming one of the bigger single-night track and field meets on the high school schedule.It still is significant, but it had to be reined in."Last year, it was too big," said GW coach Shawn Wheeler. "This year, we put in a 16-school limit. We had to turn a couple of schools away. I hated to do it."Wheeler expects most of the local squads to compete - Winfield, Hurricane, Capital, South Charleston and St. Albans to name a few, in addition to his own Patriots. Others expected include Cabell Midland (girls), Logan, Summers County and Valley.
The meet kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday at Laidley Field, and could include such battles as:On the boys side, Capital's Tristan Slater vs. Winfield's Chris Cochran in the pole vault. They have the highest vaults in the state so far in Class AAA, 12-foot-6 and 12-2, respectively.On the girls side, St. Albans' Anacia Hines vs. Winfield's Anika Shaw and Emily Cole in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and then against Capital's Tatiayanna Wood in the 100 hurdles.Winfield's Barkley Castro vs. Cabell Midland's Jakeya Perrin (400) and Emily Schwendiman (800). Schwendiman has the state's best times in the 1,600 and 3,200, while Perrin has emerged as one of the state's better freshmen.
Those and other matchups are subject to change with withdrawals, coaches' decisions, injuries, etc.After Friday, the season continues toward the regional and state meets in May. Next Friday will be the Capital City Classic at Laidley Field and the Winfield Classic; the Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays follow on April 26-27.Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.