Herbert Hoover enjoying successful track season
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover and track and field have not exactly been synonymous in recent years, but this season's crop of Huskies are doing their best to change that.
The girls, led by sophomore Emilee Henry, and the boys, led by Josh Gurski, have had their best season in quite some time, according to Hoover coach Lance Moore.
Both Gurski and Henry won the high-point awards at last week's Cardinal Conference meets and both were at it again Friday at the Class AA Region 4 meet at Laidley Field.
Henry won the 100, 200 and 400-meter races while Gurski took the title in the 300-meter hurdles to go with a second-place finish in the 400 and a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.
"They've worked hard and they've got some talent, bottom line," Moore said.
Gurski had never attempted to run the hurdle events prior to the Cardinal Conference meet, and two weeks later he'll be competing for state championships in them. Moore said Gurski is one of those kids that not only puts in all the extra work needed to excel, but also one of the most coachable athletes he has had at Hoover.
"He leads by example," Moore said. "He gets up in the mornings and runs before he comes to school. Before a track meet about the best answer I've ever got as a coach here [came from Gurski]. About a month ago I said, 'Josh, what are you running Thursday?' He said, 'Whatever you tell me.'"
Gurski said the rain on Friday caused problems for him in the 400, but it did not appear to give him the same trouble in the hurdles.
"I was just practicing [hurdles] and was doing good so he said he was going to go ahead and put me in them," Gurski said. "[The rain] really killed my 400. I didn't necessarily die, I just didn't have it in me I don't guess."
As a team, Hoover took second place behind Poca in the boys and third in the girls.
"This is the best year we've had, boys and girls, both by far," Moore said.
Poca's boys team title was due in part to a strong showing in the field events. Nathan Ranson won the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 6-inches. Christian Buckley won the discus with a throw of 151-feet, 11/2-inches and the shot put with a toss of 49-feet, 41/2-inches. Travis Davis cleared 9 feet to win the pole vault and A.J. Keys won the long jump by leaping 19-feet, 2-inches.
The Dots also scored points in the 3,200, the 110 hurdles, the 4x200 relay, the 4x800 relay and the shuttle hurdle relay (Full results, Page 2B).
Nicholas County edged Scott by two points to take the girls team title. The Grizzlies finished with 135 points to the Skyhawks' 133. The result was in doubt until the final event of the meet, with Scott earning eight points for second in the 4x400 relay and Nicholas taking six points with a third-place finish.
Wayne finished fourth, followed by Poca, Sissonville, Chapmanville, Clay County and Mingo Central.
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