Track and Field teams ready for outdoor season

The men’s and women’s track teams both begin outdoor competition at Lynchburg College in Virginia. March 17th may be the first outdoor meet for both Pioneer squads but both teams have been competing at indoor meets since December 3rd. “Instead of being outside on the track in the cold or running up and down the hallways, you get a chance to have a competitive edge,” said Coach Cam Perry about the benefits of competing at an indoor track meet.

The women’s team is led by Juniors Cindy Hillberry, Marteney Jacobs, Danielle Perkins and Sophomore stand-out Meghan Ruddleson. Hillberry, a Mannington, West Virginia native, has led not just the team in throwing events but also has been dominating the conference with her throws during the indoor season. Already a conference qualifier, Hillberry only needs to defend her top throw at the conference championship now. Jacobs and Ruddleson have been scoring points in a variety of events for the Lady Pioneers. Ruddleson, a conference champion as a freshman in long jump, looks to continue to improve in not just the long jump but also the 100 and 200 meter dashes as well. Jacobs took a medical red shirt last season but already is making her presence felt in the conference. She has achieved the necessary “A” standard in the 60 meter hurdles and long jump for the conference meet and is currently ranked third in the WVIAC in triple jump. Last but not least, conference high jump champion Danielle Perkins. Perkins already is a part of two efforts that have qualified for the WVIAC championship. In high jump and also as a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay team that has a chance to score some points at conference.


Matty Porter competes in the weight throw

Matty Porter will attempt to defend his discus title later this spring.

The men’s team is led by a variety of seniors in several different events. Adam Leonard and Antwan Stewart are among two of the top sprinters in the conference. Leonard was one of just two GSC sprinters to qualify for the finals last year in the 100 meter dash. Stewart, a dual sport athlete, was a key part in last year’s 4 x 100 team. Ronnie Mills, a junior who also was a part of that relay team, looks to improve off of last year’s conference effort. Mills joined Leonard in the final and is sure to place even higher this season. In middle-distance the Pioneer men are led by the trio of T.J. Abel, Boris Nimcevic, and Seth Aldridge. Abel, a senior from Grafton, is capable of running the fastest 400 on the team and looks to display that as a part of the 4 x 400 relay team. Primarily though, Abel will run the 800 and 1500 during outdoor in an effort to win both at the conference championship this year. Nimcevic is a transfer from Mountain State and the Serbian native has excelled in the 400 all season. The Serbian looks to also contend for a conference championship this year in the javelin. Aldridge is just a freshman but the Nicholas County native has already impressed many with his performances in the 400. The three are all a part of Glenville’s 4 x 400 team that is sure to score some points at the WVIAC track and field championships.


Field events are once again the staple of the men’s scoring. William Sarine, a freshman stand-out who graduated from Doddrige County High school, is a pole-vaulter for the Pioneers with plans of getting a conference title. Senior Jakharie Murphy is literally leaping past his competition in high jump and long jump. Both events it seems, he could be a factor in the scoring.  Tyrease Brown of Amherst, Virginia puts his talents on the line in the long jump as well but truly excels at triple jump. Brown is one of only three to provisionally qualify for the conference championships thus far so he definitely has as much of a shot at winning an individual title as anybody. Glenville State throwers, despite losing conference champion Chris Freeman, are still among the best in the conference. Matty Porter, a conference champion last year in discus, returns for his senior season with the objective of breaking the school record in the disc. Joining him in an effort to score points at conference will be underclassmen Nicco Mills and Jared Shipe. Mills earned points last year in his efforts and Shipe has been performing well all indoor season. All of it adds up to trying to win a conference championship at the end of the season.

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