After a three-year hiatus, the Winfield Classic high school track meet returns today.
The 20-team event at Winfield High School's resurfaced track begins at 4 p.m. with field events and 4:30 p.m. with running events.
"I've always had it but my track surface got so bad it wasn't fit to have a meet on,'' said Winfield longtime girls coach David Bailey. "I raised [$180,000] and we put a new track and did some updates. We're excited to have it back.''
Buffalo, Cabell Midland, Chapmanville, Charleston Catholic, Greenbrier East, Hannan, Independence, Logan, Nitro, Poca, Point Pleasant, Ravenswood, Richwood, St. Albans, Scott, Sherman, Teays Valley Christian, Wayne, Winfield and Valley will be competing.
"I was only going to take 12 or 14 teams,'' Bailey said. "There will be some heat here."
The Capital City Classic is also scheduled for 4:45 p.m. today at Laidley Field.
In additional to Capital, teams involved include Buckhannon-Upshur, George Washington, Nicholas County, Preston, South Charleston, Logan, Riverside, Princeton, Tug Valley, Hurricane, Sissonville and Cross Lanes Christian.
The meet will feature B-U's Emily Godwin, who rang up four individual state titles at last year's state track meet and earned the Gatorade West Virginia girls track and field athlete of the year honor for the second time last June. She has committed to North Carolina.
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Along with having the second-best stroke average on the team (74.9) in 23 rounds of play this season, Anania maintains a 3.92 grade-point average while pursuing a degree in business management.
He finished in the top 15 in two tournaments this season including a tie for sixth at the Davidson Invitational.
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