Hines shines for St. Albans
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With the weeks ticking down to the state track meet, sprinter/hurdler Anacia Hines is appearing more ready than ever to carry the colors of St. Albans' smallish track and field program.
Hines easily took home high-point honors Friday night at the BB&T Classic at Laidley Field, scoring 36 points in her four events. She won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 100 hurdles, and finished third in the 300 hurdles.
For the record, Winfield's Josee Earlandson and Hurricane's Audrey Barber bested Hines in the longer hurdle race. To tell how much that impressed meet officials, Earlandson won the meet's inaugural Most Outstanding Performer award.
But Hines scored all 36 of her team's points, and did so impressively.
First, the sophomore won the 110 hurdles in 15.18 seconds, a margin of 0.79 seconds over the runner-up, then she ran a 12.48 in the 100 dash, a 0.26 margin. After her run of 50.14 in the 300 hurdles, he ran a 26.58 in the 200, keeping Herbert Hoover's Emilee Henry a stride or so behind.
In the RunWV.com compilation of the state's best Class AAA times, the 100 dash and 100 hurdle marks would vault her to the top. Of course, that would be pending weekend times by Morgantown's Natasha Trott and Buckhannon-Upshur uber-star Emily Godwin, but Hines was feeling good about her numbers.
"I've been working hard and trying to improve on my past times. I [set a personal record] once today," she said, referring to her 100 dash time. "I'm proud of myself."
By her admission, Hines had a shaky freshman state meet, finishing fifth in the 100, eighth in the 200, false-starting in the 100 hurdles and running on a 12th-place 4x400 relay unit.
She's ready to score a lot more than two points in this year's state meet, and SA coach Scott James thinks she will deliver.
"Anacia got a little bit of a late start this year, due to things beyond her control," James said. "But she's really been coming on the last couple of weeks. I noticed last week during spring break, she was up here at Laidley practicing every day.
"When she's working hard like that, she's going to be hard to beat."
Hines put the Dragons in fifth place in the team standings, but that was no match for Winfield. Nobody else, save for Putnam County rival Hurricane, had much of an answer for the Generals' depth. The Generals outscored the Redskins 157-117, with Cabell Midland third with 78 and Shady Spring fourth with 48.
Earlandson was honored for running that 300 hurdles race in 47.93, winning by 1.28 seconds and recording the state's second-best time. The honor could just as well have gone to Barkley Castro, who won the 800 by more than 71/2 seconds.
Allie Perry didn't do too badly in the pole vault, clearing a personal-best 10 feet, 3 inches. That beat her personal best by 3 inches and her season best by 9.
Winfield won four of five relays and Emily Cole took the long jump.
Abby Watson scored a shot put-discus sweep for Hurricane, which also got a 1,600 win from Emily Schwendiman. Watson led a 1-2-3 sweep in the shot, with Taneisha Sturdavent and Colleen Miller.
Peyton Panger of Capital took the 3200, and the Cougars won the 4x100 relay.
Capital took the boys championship, outscoring Ripley 91-84. Winfield was third with 67, meet host George Washington fourth with 57 and Hurricane fifth with 56.
Tristan Slater was honored as Most Outstanding Performer for his 13-1 pole vault. The Cougars won the 4x200 relay and Naquay Little eked out a big win the 100.
The individual winners were more spread out among Kanawha Valley schools. GW's Jacob Jackson won the 200 and 400 to take high-point honors, besting Buffalo's Dylan Rich by a half-point, 221/2-22. Rich won the 800 and 1,600.
St. Albans went 1-2-3 in the shot with Jacob Lomax leading the way, and Russ Henley gave the Dragons a win in the 3,200. Herbert Hoover's Tyler Hagewood won the 110 hurdles, Hurricane's Nathan Wendel won the long jump and Winfield took three relays.
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