By Joey Kittle
CHARLESTON - Tucker County has established a reputation for being successful during the basketball state tournament in Charleston.
The Inter-Mountain photos by Joey Kittle
Tucker County’s Kelsey Kyle takes off during the long jump competition at the state meet Saturday’s at Laidley Field in Charleston.
But on Saturday, the Mountain Lion track teams showed the state track is pretty good at the school as well.
The Mountain Lion girls turned in a solid performance, finishing third behind Williamstown and Doddridge County in the Class A state meet.
Aiyana Kachmarek led Tucker County, capturing a title in the discus with a throw of 108-52 to easily outdistance Pocahontas County's Fredriciah Gardner (101-10).
"I'm very excited to win a state title," said Kachmarek, a sophomore, who also plays on the school's basketball team. "I was pretty confident coming down here that I could do well but you never know what can happen."
Kachmarek also was fourth in the shot put.
Olivia Miller and Ashley Cassiday also had solid performances for Tucker County. Miller was second in the 800 and fourth in the 300 hurdles on Saturday, while Cassiday, who has signed with Davis & Elkins College, was second in Friday's 3200.
Kylie Moore gave the Mountain Lions a fifth-place finish in the 300 on Saturday, while Jessica Kincaid and Kelsey Kyle finished sixth in the 100 and long jump, respectively.
Pendleton County's Fanta Kaba placed third in the 400.
For the Tucker County boys, Tyler Snyder finished third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles. The Mountain Lions' 4x400 relay team, meanwhile, placed second, and Mason was fifth in the high jump.
Doddridge County won the Class A boys title with Tucker County placing seventh.
In Class AAA, Lewis County's Dustin Martin had a solid day, turning in a third-place time in the 300 hurdles and placing fourth in the 110 hurdles.
Jefferson won the Class AAA team title with 121 points, followed by Cabell Midland (78) and Parkersburg (43).