In just three years, Welker won 11 times at the state meet, all individual events, and holds two records. She's being courted to run at WVU or Coastal Carolina.
Drazba's career finished with the same flourish, as she again swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the state meet with respective times of 2:21.42, 5:03.53 and 10:31.83, and concludes her prep days with meet records in all three.
"When I was in middle school,'' Drazba said, "I never really expected anything like this happening. But over the years, I just progressed in my training and took a big leap and progressed through high school, and it's helped me to succeed the way I have.''
Her 3,200 time of 10:31.83 on Friday was not only a meet record in Class A, but the best that's been run by a female athlete in any class at the state meet. For the last two years at least, she's managed to set those marks without being pushed like other athletes.
"I wish we could run the classes together,'' Drazba said, "because there's a lot of talented girls in the other classes. It'd be really nice to push yourself like that, but you go out as hard as you can.''
Between Drazba's three wins and three more for Doddridge's Swiger (200, 300 hurdles, long jump), there weren't many more to go around in the Class A meet. Williamstown took only four events, but scored in 14 of 18 and had multiple place-winners in six events, claiming a third straight team title with ease.
The last girls team to win three in a row in Class A was Doddridge with four straight from 2004-07.
"It means a lot to us,'' said Andrea Chidester, who accounted for half of the Yellowjackets' wins by leading the 100 and 400.
"Our team has worked hard through all three years and we never give up. We're all together. Our whole team is close - whether you're a distance runner or a sprinter, we're all friends, and I think that helps.''
The lone girls win Saturday for a Kanawha Valley team or individual was turned in by Winfield junior distance runner Barkley Castro, who toured the AAA 800 in 2:17.57.
Castro, who ran fifth in the same event last year, shaved nearly two seconds off her season's best time, which was tops in the state.
"I had no idea I would ever come this close to being a state champion,'' Castro said, "and now that it's here, I can't realize it's happened.
"I knew there were many people behind me trying to push me, so I just went all out from start to finish.''
Another triple winner was Devyn Hosby of Washington (AAA 100, 200 and 400).
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