PREP TRACK: SATs don’t slow down St. Albans’ Hines




Anacia Hines transitioned quickly from the classroom to the track, as the St. Albans junior successfully completed her SAT before finishing as the AAA girls high-point award winner at Saturday’s 79th annual Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays.

Hines spent Saturday morning taking the SAT at the University of Charleston, and less than an hour after completion, she moved to Laidley Field, where she won each of her three individual events: the 100-meter run, 200 and 100 hurdles.

“During the last session of the test I had to get serious, because I started thinking about other stuff, thinking about how I would do at the meet, would I make the race or miss it,” Hines said, “and I ended up making it on time, because I think the meet was a little bit behind.”

Instead of starting sluggishly for lack of preparation time, Hines said the tests allowed her to approach her races fresh.

“I left the SAT at 12:45 p.m. and got a ride over to the field,” she said. “I got over there around 1 p.m. exactly and had 30 minutes to stretch.”

Not only did Hines finish best among her AAA peers in her events, she set a personal record.

“I actually feel really good,” she said of her performance. “I’m excited because I ended up PRing in my 100 hurdles and I did a decent time in the 200 time. It wasn’t as good as (Friday), but I feel like I did really good.”

Red Dragons coach Mike Reed said Hines’ accomplishment winning three events marked an impressive feat.

“She’s really trained well the last week and it was a really class field — that was the great thing about it,” he said. “She won all three races by anywhere from seven to eight meters, so she really ran great.”

Hines said she felt equally proud about her SAT performance.

“Oh, yes, I was really confident with the SAT and it wasn’t as hard as I thought,” she said, “especially with me taking trig this year.”

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AS HINES ran away with the high-point honors in girls AAA, Winfield edged Putnam County rival Hurricane by 12 points to capture the team title.

“That was real big for my kids, they did a great job,” Generals coach David Bailey said.

Winfield excelled across the board, Bailey said, with many of his athletes setting personal-best marks.

“Those kids just went above and beyond what was asked of them and it was just a phenomenal effort,” he said.

Individually, Josee Erlandson won the 300 hurdles and Allie Perry claimed the pole vault title. Freshman Carly Hinkle and sophomore Hannah Cartwright finished one-two in the high jump.

In relays, Winfield won the 4x100 and 4x200, taking second in the 4x400 and 4x800 behind Cabell Midland and Hurricane respectively.

For Hurricane, senior Tori Dent won the 800, narrowly defeating teammate Anna Gordon, a freshman. Lauren London finished first in long jump.

University’s Amelia Paladino set meet records in both the 1600 (4:47.29) and 3200 (10:00.42).

In boys AAA, defending state champion Jefferson beat Parkersburg by seven points, with Winfield taking third place.

For the Generals, Christian Smith won the high jump. Capital’s Tristan Slater claimed first in the pole vault, with a meet record height of 15 feet. George Washington junior Nick Peyatte won the shot put, while Point Pleasant’s Tannor Hill took first in discuss and second in shot.

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DODDRIDGE COUNTY won both the Class A boys and girls meet championships, with Buffalo taking second in the boys and Charleston Catholic runner-up for the girls.

“We were very, very pleased with the way they held up, the way they approached things,” Irish coach Scott Welch said. “The first night, all of our two-mile girls really shattered times. I think one of them knocked 30 seconds off, and other one 15 seconds, another one 20, so that was very impressive.”

Payton Mullen, Lia Preston and Quincy McKown finished one-two-three in the 800. Mullen added wins in both the 1600 and 3200. Senior Catherine Casingal added an individual win for Catholic by claiming first in the pole vault.

In relays, the Irish dominated by winning the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800.

Individually, Valley junior Abby Buchan won the 100, high jump and discus.

On the boys side, Buffalo’s Jordan Tucker won both the 100 and 200, with Catholic’s Phillip Mallory taking the 400 and 300 hurdles. Mallory also ran on Catholic’s winning 4x800 relay and finished second in pole vault

Bison speedster Isaiah Robinson won the 800, with teammate Gabe Garrison claiming the 110 hurdles. Buffalo also won the shuttle hurdle relay.

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POCA JUNIOR Christian Buckley broke one meet record and tied another to help lead the Dots to a third-place finish among AA boys squads.

Buckley set a meet record by more than seven feet with a discus throw of 168 feet, 11 inches. In the shot, his 57-foot toss tied a record.

“He’s a heckuva athlete,” Poca coach John Bonecutter said. ‘He didn’t hit 50 feet in shot last year until the state meet. He was in the 48s, 49s all year. He’s already hitting 56, 57 consistently this year.”

Dots freshman Chase Dotson scored points in both throwing events, too, finishing second in shot and sixth in disc.

Additionally, Poca won the 4x100, while Poca’s Hank Larch, A.J. Keyes and Hayden Webb finished two-three-four in the long jump, with each clearing 19 feet. Trevor Landers finished fourth in the 110 hurdles in just his third-ever competitive race in the event.

“We’re not big in numbers at all this year, I think we have about 13 kids total on the team,” Bonecutter said. “It was probably the best meet we’ve had all year. We’re kind of starting to put everything together, and that’s what you want to be doing this time of the year.”

Roane County won the AA boys title, with Bridgeport taking the girls championship.

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