CHARLESTON – On Tuesday evening the girls’ and boys’ track and field teams from Mingo Central competed in the Cardinal Conference Championships and had an impressive showing.
The Cardinal Conference Championships are held before the regional and state meets which are both held at Laidley Field in Charleston. The Miners do not have enough participants to compete in every event at the meets, but the individual marks prove they are there to compete with anyone.
Head Coach Jack Stewart is in his first year as the track and field coach, the Miners have fared well throughout the season despite having low numbers. Mingo Central’s Aaron Banks has repeatedly came in first place in the boys’ long jump competition and Tyshira (Tyra) Joplin has been in one of the top spots in the girls events most of the season.
The Miners pulled off another solid showing at the championship with many high place finishes. The boys’ brought home the first place win in the four person, 100 meter relay; Aaron Banks, Taylor Thornsbury, Dalton Shepard and Deonte Joplin were the runners. The boys finished with final time of 45.84, just ahead of Poca who finished with a time of 46.03.
In the 100 meter dash Banks finished in second place, Sheppard finished in seventh place, and Garrett Moore finished in eighth place. Banks finished fourth in the long jump, which is usually his event considering he has posted many top place finishes in the Class AA category this season. However the Miners took second, third and fourth place in the long jump with Moore finishing second, Sheppard in third, and Banks in fourth.
The Miners also tested the waters of the four person, 200 meter relay with Thornsbury, Sheppard, Joplin and Banks and landed in fifth place with a time of 1:42.92, just behind Wayne who finished with a time of 1:41.61. Cole Ellis came in sixth place in the shot put with a distance of 34-feet 7-inches.
The Mingo Central girls’ finished in last place in team points but Tyshira (Tyra) Joplin made her dent in the competition to let everyone know Mingo Central was there and ready to go. Tyra finished the 100 meter dash in 13 seconds flat, almost a second and a half in front of the last place finisher. Tyshira also finished in second place in the long jump with distance of 14-feet 4-inches. Alexa Cline finished seventh in the long jump and Makazia Rhodes finished ninth in the 200 meter dash.
The over-all winner of the day was Poca with 142 total team points in the boys’ competition and Herbert Hoover with 134 total team points in the girls’ competitions.
The next meet will be held in Charleston, once more, on May, 13. That meet will be the regional meet before the final state meet which begin on May, 19.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)