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B-U boys win crown; Elkins High’s Smoak captures two events

B-U boys win crown; Elkins High’s Smoak  captures two events


GRAFTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur boys captured the Big 10 Conference title Friday at McKinney Field.

Under steady rain showers throughout the day and into the evening, the Bucs tallied 132 points to outdistance Bridgeport’s 87 points.

Fairmont Senior was third with 70 points, followed by East Fairmont (51), North Marion (46), Robert C. Byrd (32), Elkins (31), Preston (22), Lincoln (20), Philip Barbour (19) and Grafton (7).

Taking firsts for B-U were Sterlin Thropp in the 400-meter run in a time of 50.73, Jordan Gillum in the 800 (1:58.88), Reis Leonard in the 300 hurdles (42.99) and freshman Carter Zuliani in the discus (126-07).

The Bucs took first in the 4×200 relay (Sterlin Thropp, Taiwo Thropp, Shawn Blandino and Cam Snyder) in a time of 1:32.12, the 4×400 (Sterlin Thropp, Blandino, Julien Larcher and Jordan Gillum) in 3:31.84 and the 4×800 (Gillum, Larcher, Leonard and Jack Waggy) in 8:21.59.

Taiwo Thropp was second in the 100 (11.22) and 200 (22.79), Blandino in the 400 (51.07), Dalton Crites in the shot put (40-08.00) and Dirk Riley in the discus (119-08).

Thirds went to Sndyer in the long jump (18-02.75), the 4×100 relay of Blandino, Taiwo Thropp, Snyder and Savion Farmer) in 45.72 and Sterlin Thropp in the 200 (23.27).

Zuliani was fifth in the 110 hurdles (17.97) and Farmer sixth in the long jump (17-00.75).

Elkins was led by senior Charlie Smoak, who captured first in both the 1,600 (4:42.80) and 3,200 (9:46.83).

Fellow senior Luke Anger was second in the 800 in a time of 2:08.11.

The 4×800 relay comprised of Luke Anger, Isaac Anger, Tyler McKisic and Smoak was fifth with a season-best time of 8:59.41 and the 4×200 unit of Gavin Boland, Jayden Shreve, Zane George and Isaiah Sigley was sixth in 1:41.61.

Philip Barbour was led by senior Grant Dadisman, who was third in the 400 (53.49) and fifth in both the 100 (11.80) and 200 (23.90).

Dadisman joined Jacob Davies, Michael Morral and Matthew Croston in placing fourth in the 4×400 (3:47.94) and Brandon Carpenter was fourth in the long jump (17-09.75).

Elkins and Philip Barbour will compete in the Class AA, Region II Championships Wednesday at Lewis County High School, while B-U is entered in the Class AAA, Region 1 Championships slated for Thursday in Morgantown.

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Mikaël Kingsbury captures dual moguls gold in 1st event since Beijing Olympics | CBC Sports

Mikaël Kingsbury captures dual moguls gold in 1st event since Beijing Olympics | CBC Sports

Mikaël Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., gained a measure of revenge against Walter Wallberg, upending the 2022 Olympic moguls champion to win Saturday’s dual event in World Cup action in Valmalenco, Italy.

It was the first race for Kingsbury since capturing a moguls silver medal at the Winter Games in Beijing last month to become the first male freestyle skier to earn three Olympic medals.

The 2018 Olympic gold medallist amassed 82.18 points in his Feb. 5 performance in China, trailing Wallberg of Sweden, who scored 83.23 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China, for his first major win on the senior circuit

The 29-year-old Kingsbury was attempting to become the second men’s moguls skier to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals after fellow Canadian Alex Bilodeau achieved the feat in 2010 and 2014.

WATCH | Kingsbury picks up moguls silver medal at Beijing Olympics:

Kingsbury settles for moguls silver after Wallberg closes strong

Canadian Mikael Kingsbury was poised to repeat as Olympic moguls champion, but Sweden’s Walter Wallberg took gold with the final run. 5:08

Kingsbury’s win Saturday was his fifth of the season and 72nd on the World Cup circuit in 102 competitions. He is attempting to win a 10th straight Crystal Globe as overall season winner.

Japan’s Ikuma Horishima, Kingsbury’s friend who won Olympic bronze last month, was second on Saturday following a crash after landing his first jump in the final.

WATCH | Kingsbury has insatiable appetite for winning:

Moguls champ Mikaël Kingsbury has an insatiable appetite for winning

Watch Mikaël Kingsbury take CBC Sports behind the scenes, showing his 18 Crystal Globe trophies. 1:25

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Germany captures sixth gold medal in Olympic sliding events, as Canada’s Mirela Rahneva finishes fifth in skeleton

Germany captures sixth gold medal in Olympic sliding events, as Canada’s Mirela Rahneva finishes fifth in skeleton

Germany’s Hannah Neise competes in heat 3 of women’s skeleton on Feb. 12, 2022.THOMAS PETER/Reuters

Hannah Neise has never won a World Cup medal. Or a medal at the world championships. Or a medal from the European championships.

She’s got an Olympic medal now.

And it’s the one that everybody wants.

Skeleton has a new champion, and she was a bit of a surprise winner. Neise, the 21-year-old who won the junior world title last year, became the first German woman to capture the gold medal in Olympic skeleton by rallying in the final two heats at the Beijing Games on Saturday.

Her four-run time was 4 minutes, 7.62 seconds. Jaclyn Narracott of Australia — the midpoint leader of the event — won the silver in 4:08.24 and World Cup overall champion Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands took the bronze in 4:08.46.

Neise’s win might have been a bit of a stunner, but at this point, nothing Germany does on this track should be that surprising. After six sliding events at the Beijing Games — four in luge, two in skeleton — the Germans have captured six gold medals.

Oh, and all they have in the four remaining bobsled races — two for men, two for women — are the reigning Olympic champion drivers in Francesco Friedrich and Mariama Jamanka.

Tina Hermann of Germany was fourth and Mirela Rahneva of Canada, the first-run leader, was fifth.

Canada’s Mirela Rahneva after her run in heat 4 of the women’s skeleton event on Feb. 12, 2022.EDGAR SU/Reuters

Neise’s win capped a year that was unpredictable in women’s skeleton from the outset. There were eight World Cup races leading up to the Olympics, with five different winners and 11 different medalists — Neise not being one of them.

But there was a big hint that she could contend at the Olympics. There was a preseason race at the Yanqing Sliding Center after three weeks of international training this fall, and Neise was second in that event.

Clearly, she figured some things out about the new track faster than most everyone else did.

Katie Uhlaender, racing in her fifth Olympics, was the top American and finished sixth in 4:09.23. Uhlaender strained a muscle in her side before competing Saturday and still moved up two spots from where she was after Friday’s first two runs of the competition.

Kelly Curtis, the other U.S. slider in the field, was 21st.

This was the first time in six Olympic women’s skeleton competitions that a woman from Britain didn’t find her way to the podium. Alex Coomber won bronze in 2002, Shelley Rudman won silver in 2006, Amy Williams took gold in 2010, Lizzy Yarnold won gold in both 2014 and 2018 and Laura Deas captured bronze four years ago as well.

Deas was the top British slider in this race, placing 20th.

Narracott’s medal, though, had a very British feel — and that has nothing to do with Queen Elizabeth II remaining the head of state in 15 Commonwealth countries, including Australia. Narracott spends the season traveling and training with the British team, and her husband is retired British skeleton athlete and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Dom Parsons.

Narracott was great.

Neise was just better. And the world’s most accomplished nation in sliding just continues to dominate the Beijing Games.

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