CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School track and field team competed in the Cardinal Conference meet last Thursday and had numerous placements.
“I am very pleased with my teams, both the boys and the girls,” Chapmanville track coach Joetta Thompson said.
Chapmanville’s Ethan Thompson won first place and the Cardinal Conference crown in the 200-meter dash, beating Zach Marcum from Scott by a fraction of a second.
The Lady Tigers’ 4x200 meter relay team, ranked No. 9 in the state, won first place as well.
“I know they will make it to the state competition baring any injuries this week,” Coach Thompson said.
One surprise for Chapmanville at the meet was freshman Richelle Thompson, who was second in the girls’ discus.
“She has been a member of track and field for three years now, this being her first at the high school level, but she has never competed in the discus throwing events,” Coach Thompson said. “She has this year and has really impressed us. She placed second on Thursday night at the conference meet. I have high hopes for her in the upcoming years. My other freshman thrower, Madison Adams, also placed Thursday night and is doing equally as well.”
Joetta Thompson thanked her staff for another successful season.
“I would like to offer my appreciation to my two assistant coaches that has been hired this year to help me with the team,” she said. “Amanda Topper from Wisconsin is an 11-year veteran of track and field. She has been a real help to me, especially with distance running events. My brother, Richard Parsons, was also hired this year and he helps as he can with the throwers and weight lifting portion of our program.”
The CRHS track team next competes on Thursday in the Class AA Region IV meet at Charleston’s Laidley Field.
“We can’t wait to see what Thursday holds for us. I anticipate a good outcome,” Coach Thompson said.