Gazette Relays notebook: Godwin-Hines showdown on hold for now
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anacia Hines is going to have to wait for another day for another shot at Emily Godwin.
Hines, St. Albans' sophomore sprinter, didn't get to run against Buckhannon-Upshur's talented Godwin in Friday's opening round of the Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays because most of B-U's team skipped the trip to Laidley Field in order to attend the school prom.
So that means the anticipated showdown between Godwin and Hines in the girls Class AAA 100-meter high hurdles is probably going to have to wait until the state meet three weeks from now at Laidley.
Godwin, a senior and North Carolina recruit, is the two-time defending state champion in the 100 hurdles, but Hines held the fastest time in the state this season at 15.18 seconds - at least until last weekend, when Godwin ran a 15.09.
"I'm a little bit [disappointed],'' Hines said of Godwin's absence, "because I really felt like it's somebody to push me a little bit further than where I'm used to. Running outside of town, you [see] different runners and schools, and it would be a little bit funner to have her there.''
Godwin and Hines did meet up in the Sam LeRose/Stan Smith/Walt Dryden Memorial meet at Laidley Field a month ago, with Godwin winning the 100 hurdles in 15.42 seconds and Hines running third at 15.99.
They also ran against each other in the 200-meter dash at that April meet, with Godwin (26.89) winning by a solid margin against Hines (27.62). Godwin, however, will likely stick with the same lineup of events she's run in the last two state meets - the two hurdles, high jump and long jump - and won't compete in the open 200.
Hines' postseason events will likely consist of the 100 and 200 dashes and both hurdles. It's her first time running the 300 hurdles, so her times are well behind Godwin in that event. That means the 100 hurdles should be their lone head-to-head race of interest.
"I'm really looking forward to it,'' Hines said. "I just need somebody to push me, and hopefully I'll be right beside [her].''
Hines posted the fastest time of 15.51 seconds in the 100 hurdles trials Friday.
She'll still have some tough competition to run against in today's finals, as MiAngel Daniels of Gahanna Lincoln (Ohio) turned in a 15.53 in the qualifier.
Emily Godwin has gone where D'Andra Swiger is headed. Call it the curse of versatility, if you will.
Swiger, the high-point scorer in the girls Class A state meet last season, came into this weekend with the top mark in the state in five different events. Of course, you're limited to participating in four events in any meet, so Swiger and the Doddridge County coaching staff have to decide where she's most valuable, and eliminate one of those events by the time of the regional meet.
"We still don't know whether I'm going to do the [200 dash] or the ,'' Swiger said Friday, moments after winning the Gazette Relays high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches. "But I'm entered in the 2 this time, so for this meet it's the long jump, high jump, 300 [hurdles] and 200.''
In last year's state meet, Swiger won the two jumps and the 300 hurdles and placed third in the 400. She said if she does well in the 200 this weekend, she'll "probably'' settle on that as her fourth event.
It brings to mind the plight of B-U's Godwin, who at one point in her career was listed with the best mark in the state in six events by RunWV.com.
Swiger said being proficient in so many events can make it difficult on an athlete.
"I think it makes it tougher,'' she said, "because you don't really know what the coaches are thinking, for one, so you don't really know until [the meet] what you're going to be doing.''
However, Swiger said the Bulldogs' coaches "have been flexible with me. I was hoping they'd put me in the 2, and originally it was the 4. But they said this week we'd try [the 200] and see.''
Swiger just missed setting a meet record in the high jump Friday at 5-31/4.
Dylan Rich appears to be going places.
Buffalo's distance ace anchored the Bison to a boys Class A win Friday in the meet-opening 4x800 relay with a time of 8:35.43. That could just be the beginning of a big weekend for Rich, the defending state meet champ in both the 800 and 1,600.
Rich later won the 3,200 in a career-best time of 9:42.53. He's only been running that event for about a year.
Today, he's the favorite in the 800 and 1,600, where his respective season-best clockings of 1:55.99 and 4:19.29 are better than the existing state meet records.
"I'm looking to try for 4:16 in the 1,600, which would be my [personal record],'' Rich said. "In the 8, anywhere near 1:55.''
Last week, Rich opened some eyes when he swept the 800-meter and mile races at the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic at the University of Kentucky. That got the senior on UK's recruiting radar.
"I'm really considering them,'' Rich said. "I talked to their coach after I ran and he said he was impressed. We'll see what happens from there.''
Rich is also considering offers from Clemson and Pitt.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.