Williamstown cruises to Class A girls track state championship

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With wins in nine of the eighteen events, Williamstown won their third consecutive championship in the WVSSAC girls track and field state meet. The Yellowjackets rolled up 148 points with dominating performances in the relays and the distance events.

Freshman Alyssa Sauro won three individual events and a relay in her first state meet. After winning the two-mile run Friday night, Sauro won the 1600 meters and the 800 meters Saturday. She set a new state record in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 17.42 seconds.

“I am so happy. These girls push me every day at practice. We just make each other better. I am really happy with everything,” Sauro said.

Williamstown also swept the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 relay runs, as the Yellowjackets secured the state title with several events still left to finish on Saturday.

“We have seen Ritchie County, Doddridge County pretty much every meet in the LKC. If we can win the LKC, that is our state title too. We just have to show up for another week,” said Williamstown head coach Zach Hall.

Doddridge County scored 88 points en route to runner-up honors. Abby McDonough won the pole vault by clearing ten feet. Distance runner Lexie Lamb scored 24 points for the Bulldogs by finishing second in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs.

Ritchie County senior Olivia Cress capped her high school career by winning all four of her events. After winning the high jump on Friday, Cress swept the long jump, 300 meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdles. Cress won individual high point honors as the Rebels finished third in the team competition.

In other competitions, St. Marys sprinter Erica Davis became a double-winner. She crossed the line first in the 100 meter and 200 meter runs.

Elsewhere, South Harrison’s Shellie Baughman won the discus with a throw of 109 feet, 7 inches. And Tygarts Valley is bringing a title back to Mill Creek. The Bulldogs won the second-to-last event in the shuttle hurdle relay.

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