CHARLESTON, W. Va. - What do Williamstown High School seniors Brooklyn Hammer, Cami Mossor, Shealee Mossor, Madelin Gardner and Andrea Chidester have in common?
When they graduate next week, they will leave high school with four state track championships.
That's right, the five seniors on Williamstown's girls track team were members of the Class A state champion team their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
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Madelin Gardner of Williamstown clears the bar in the pole vault competition on Saturday at the 100th state track meet. The Yellowjacket senior captured the event as well as the 200 and 400 meter dashes to lead her team to a fourth straight state championship.
"We knew when they arrived on campus they were going to be good,'' Williamstown coach Zach Hall said following his team's dominating performance on Saturday at the 100th West Virginia High School Track Championships. "We just didn't realize at the time how good they were going to be.''
Williamstown was so good on Saturday, it could have left Charleston hours before the meet ended and still had enough points to win its fourth straight state title. The Yellowjackets accumulated 118 points to win by a 51-point margin over runner-up Charleston Catholic. Tucker County (66), Doddridge County (51.33) and Tyler Consolidated (34) rounded out the top five.
Gardner earned individual high point honors, winning the 200, 400 and pole vault and placing second in the 300 intermediate hurdles to Doddridge County's Sarah Ferguson, who accounted for 34 of the Bulldogs' points by winning both hurdle races and the long jump and placing fourth in the 200. Williamstown went 1-2 in the pole vault as Erica Amos placed second. Also placing second were Hillary Casteel of Tyler Consolidatd in the long jump and Bailey Estep of Magnolia in the high jump.
"We knew Madeline had a chance at high point,'' Hall said. "She took care of that.''
Williamstown dominated the sprints as Brooklyn Hammer won the 100 and joined Ellie Gardner, Alexis Zide and Hope Wilson on the winning 4 by 100 relay team and joining Ally McMullen, Allie Robinson and Zide on the victorious 4 by 200 relay squad.
Asked if Williamstown had a shot at a five-peat next year, Hall said, "We're going to try. That's always the goal.'' Hall praised his coaching staff -Greg Gant, Joe Bryant, Larry Cassidy, Darla Uppole, Scott Bookman and Doak Markley.
Williamstown's victory extended the streak by Little Kanawha Conference teams of winning every Class A girls track title. Only Williamstown, Doddridge County and St. Marys ever have won Class A. Speaking of St. Marys, the Blue Devils crowned a champion when Jenna Nichols won the high jump, while Magnolia also had an athlete take the champion's podium following Lauren Cline's victory in the 800.