By KYLE LOVERN
Track has been an afterthought for the most part in Mingo County. Williamson had some success with the sport a few years back.
However, Mingo Central track coach Brad Webb hopes to change that by seeing his small squad run to success. With the consolidation of four schools, the new track coach hopes more students will get interested in the spring sport.
Webb, who is the head coach from outside the school system, has one speedy runner who he thinks can get better and put the new school on the track map.
Joe May, a standout football player for the Miners, recently finished in 18th place out of 73 runners in the 100 meter race in the BB and T Classic meet recently held at Charleston’s Laidley Field.
May ran an 11.30 in the 100 meter dash. Webb said he was just a fraction off from moving up the list. May will likely start entering the 200 meter races too.
“There were 37 schools represented at the meet,” Webb said. “I think Joe can get better once he gets some experience.”
The school does not have a track so the runners have had to practice at Phil Sizemore Stadium at the old Burch High School campus. They do some conditioning at the new school.
Webb plans to enter the school’s first track team in other meets including another event in Charleston. He thinks May might qualify for the state tournament from this region.
Other members of the Mingo Central track team are Riley Reed, Paige Tiller, Kennedy Preece and Haley England.