By Steve Keenan
Powered by the running of Ethan Barker, the Midland Trail boys scored 25 points this past weekend to place eighth in the Class A portion of the Friends of Coal Gazette Relays in Charleston.
Barker placed second in the 100-meter dash (11.9 seconds) and fourth in the 200 (23.8 seconds) to score 12 individual points for the Patriots. He also joined with teammates Shane Hypes, Paul Cooper and Rick Carter to place sixth in the 4x100 relay (47.75) and with Hypes, Cooper and Austin Burdette to finish fourth in the 4x200 (1:38.48).
Also for the Trail boys, Michael Fendley crossed the line fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.89), and Devon Steele was fifth in the 800 (2:11.36).
Fendley joined with teammates Johnathon Fendley, Larry Cavette and Aaron Walker to log a fifth-place showing in the shuttle hurdles (1:08.99).
The Patriot girls tallied two points with a fifth-place effort in the 4x200 (2:04.61). Members were Hannah Legg, Summer Whipkey, Payton Fisher and Emily Keeney.
“My boys are having an outstanding year individually and as a team,” Patriot coach Randy Halsey said earlier last week.
According to Halsey, the Patriot boys have posted several strong team finishes this spring. They won a 10-team meet (as the lone single-A squad) at Independence on April 12, placed second and fourth in meets at Nicholas County, and finished third at Richwood on April 16.
Barker, with best times of 11.3 and 23.3, has been a consistent front-runner in the 100 and 200. Steele has performed well in the 800 (2:11 best time) and 1600 (5:01).
The 4x100 and 4x200 relays lead that phase of the competition, followed by the 4x400, shuttles and 4x800.
Garrett Coleman has led the field events performers, scoring in the shot put (38-0) and discus (119-0).
The girls have three “solid” relays (4x800, 4x100 and 4x200) that have placed in all the meets, Halsey said.
The Fayetteville Lions Club Invitational, one of the region’s longest-running meets, will be staged this Friday, May 3 at John P. Duda Stadium in Oak Hill.
Events will get under way at about 3:30 p.m.