The Oak Hill High track and field teams have battled the spring weather to have “a really good season” so far.
Veteran head coach George Smith has seen front-running performances by both his girls and boys on the individual and team side of the performance list.
“We have one of those teams willing to put the work in,” said Smith. “They want to win.”
In a statewide performance list compiled by www.runwv.com through April 9, Oak Hill’s Michael Beasley and Tori Mackowiak are among the competitors with high-quality efforts this spring. Beasley, who placed second in the state high jump for Woodrow Wilson in 2017, and Nitro’s Luke Nichols, the 2017 double-A state high jump champion, both have jumps of 6 feet, 2 inches in the early going this spring. In the girls 400, Mackowiak is sixth-best at 1:02.07, while the Oak Hill girls 4x100 relay unit is fourth (55.1).
In the fourth annual Dickey’s Barbecue Invitational at Independence on April 13, the OHHS girls tied for second with Nicholas County, with their 77 points trailing winner Charleston Catholic (134). Their male counterparts were fifth with 48.5 points in a meet won by Wyoming East (71).
Individual champs for the Red Devils included Shannon Farrow in the 100 (13.01), Mackowiak in the 200 (27.14) and Beasley in the high jump (6-foot-3). Beasley also earned a runner-up showing of 20-10 in the long jump in his first try at the event.
On April 9, the Oak Hill girls emerged victorious in the PikeView Invitational team race with 149.5 points, easily defeating runner-up PikeView (77.5) and the rest of the field. In boys competition, Oak Hill (107.33) was second to Independence (125.5).
For the girls, Farrow won the 100 (13.4), Mackowiak captured the 200 (27.53) and 400 (1:01.38), and Courtney Smith crossed first in the 800 (2:47.0) and 1600 (6:27.0). Oak Hill also won the 4x200, 4x400 and shuttle hurdles relays.
On the boys side for Oak Hill, Seth Crosier claimed the 1600 (5:18.05) and Beasley won the high jump and long jump.
The Red Devils also competed on April 16 in the Warren Coon Invitational at UC Stadium’s Laidley Field. Oak Hill captured several relays on both sides and gained numerous individual wins in securing the overall team titles.
Double-winners included Mackowiak and Smith in girls events and Beasley for the boys. Mackowiak won the 200 (28.48) and 400 (1:03.47) and Smith triumphed in the 800 (2:40.41) ) and 1600 (6:34.34). Beasley won the 300 hurdles (46.79) and tied for first in the high jump (5-4).
Oak Hill will compete Tuesday in the H.B. Thomas Invitational at Shady Spring.
For more on the recent meets, see www.fayettetribune.com this weekend.
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