After a three-year hiatus, the Winfield Classic high school track meet returns today.The 20-team event at Winfield High School's resurfaced track begins at 4 p.m. with field events and 4:30 p.m. with running events."I've always had it but my track surface got so bad it wasn't fit to have a meet on,'' said Winfield longtime girls coach David Bailey. "I raised [$180,000] and we put a new track and did some updates. We're excited to have it back.''Buffalo, Cabell Midland, Chapmanville, Charleston Catholic, Greenbrier East, Hannan, Independence, Logan, Nitro, Poca, Point Pleasant, Ravenswood, Richwood, St. Albans, Scott, Sherman, Teays Valley Christian, Wayne, Winfield and Valley will be competing.
"I was only going to take 12 or 14 teams,'' Bailey said. "There will be some heat here."The Capital City Classic is also scheduled for 4:45 p.m. today at Laidley Field.In additional to Capital, teams involved include Buckhannon-Upshur, George Washington, Nicholas County, Preston, South Charleston, Logan, Riverside, Princeton, Tug Valley, Hurricane, Sissonville and Cross Lanes Christian.The meet will feature B-U's Emily Godwin, who rang up four individual state titles at last year's state track meet and earned the Gatorade West Virginia girls track and field athlete of the year honor for the second time last June. She has committed to North Carolina.nn
HERD SPORTS: Marshall's Brian Anania was one of six named to the Conference USA men's golf all-academic team Thursday.Along with having the second-best stroke average on the team (74.9) in 23 rounds of play this season, Anania maintains a 3.92 grade-point average while pursuing a degree in business management.He finished in the top 15 in two tournaments this season including a tie for sixth at the Davidson Invitational.The Marshall softball team swept Ohio Wednesday in a doubleheader, 4-0 and 3-2, in Athens, Ohio. Marshall hurler Andi Williamson had a record breaking day, setting a new Herd softball record with 16 strikeouts in game one. The previous record of 14 strikeouts was held by Williamson on March 21, 2012.nn
WVU BASKETBALL: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine has named West Virginia women's basketball player Jess Harlee as the winner of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year, awarded to the top female student-athlete in college athletics.
Finishing up her junior season at West Virginia, Harlee holds a 3.9 grade-point average in industrial engineering. She has been a co-captain for the Mountaineer women's basketball team for the last two seasons and is involved in the community.nn
SOCCER TRYOUTS: The West Virginia Chaos Premiere Development League team will hold its final tryout on Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Schoenbaum Stadium in Charleston. For more information, call (304) 552-1653.nn
SOCCER TOURNAMENT: The West Virginia Soccer Association is now accepting registrations for the WVSA Open Cup tournament June 1-2 at the Barboursville Soccer Complex. Registration is open for all levels of teams (recreation, all-star recreation, and competitive). For more information, visit www.wvsoccer.net
STATE SOFTBALL: The West Virginia State softball team swept Salem University 10-3 and 7-1 Thursday in Institute.Mattie Best went 3 for 4 including a double, home run and four RBIs for the Yellow Jackets in the first game, while Desiree Giffin, Victoria Crawford, and Sabrina Schouten added two hits apiece. In the second game, Giffin went 3 for 4 and Best drove home three runs.nn
POWER MOVES: West Virginia Power outfielder Junior Sosa has been promoted to Bradenton (Fla.) while the Power add Barrett Barnes to the roster from the GCL Pirates.nn
COACHING CLASS: The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission will host an ASEP coaching class on May 11-13 at Huntington High School for those interested in coaching a secondary school sport. For more information, visit www.wvssac.org
YOUTH TENNIS: The Charleston Family YMCA is currently accepting registrations for Parent-N-Me and Tiny Tot tennis classes. For more information, please call (304) 340-3533.