CHAMPS! Class AA Boys AND Girls State Track Championships Belong to Harrison County

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | May 19, 2018
Bridgeport High School’s boys and girls track teams completed a sweep of the Class AA West Virginia Track and Field Championships at Charleston’s Laidley Field this afternoon. The Indian girls rolled to the win, while the boys steadily added to their advantage to take home the crown.
The Tribe girls finished with 152.5 points to get past defending Class AA champions Winfield. The Generals finished with 100.33 points in what was truly a two-team battle. Oak Glen was third with 35 points.
For the boys, the title was secured later in the day and likely felt just as good. BHS also upended the defending champs – also Winfield – by finishing with 105 points compared to 89 for the Generals.
The state championship was the third for the Tribe and Coach Emilee Yurish on the girls’ side of the slate. Coach Jon Griffith and the Bridgeport boys wrapped up the school’s second title.
The girls were able to get it with a landslide of individual and relay titles led by Isabella Bowen. Bowen finished the meet with three individual titles and a relay win for 32.5 points. The boys were able to get the win by placing throughout and picking up a handful of individual and relay titles during the two-day meet in the state’s capital.
For the girls, day two started off with a title by Kristen Crowder. She won the high jump for Bridgeport by clearing 5 feet, 4 inches.
Not only was that a precursor of big things, it also was followed by the first of three individual titles by Bowen in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. What proved better was that first event saw the Indians place two in the 400 meter dash. Bowen took first place with a time of 57.89 seconds, while Catie Wilson came in fourth place with a time of 1 minute, .47 seconds.
It was the start of a dominating day by the Indians.
In the very next event, Julia Muller won a state crown in the 1600 meter run. Muller, a solo state title winner on day one, one by more than 10 seconds with a showing of 5 minutes, 23.33 seconds.
Bridgeport’s next title in Charleston was once again courtesy of Bowen and once again was in an event where the Tribe piled up points. Bowen won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.67  seconds, while teammate Anaiya Jackson was third thanks to her posting a time of  13.21 seconds.
The relays also weren’t immune for top finishes and titles. The Tribe’s 4x200 meter relay team of Kirstin George, Wilson, Juliet Hart, and Kristen Crowder were the champs thanks to a time of 1 minute, 45.86 seconds.
For good measure, the Indians added the 4x100 meter championship to their treasure trove of titles. Jackson, Bowen and Crowder just missed breaking a state record with a time of 49.97 seconds, which was just off the ‘AA’ all-time mark of 49.66 seconds.
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