The Mount View High School track team pictured from left:
Jamil Taylor, McKinley Hearns, Benedict Sabellaga, Shemar Hairston and Sidney George
WELCH - When this academic year began, there was no Mount View High School track team, and hadn't been since the late 1990's. This week, a team of Golden Knights is going to the state track meet. Signey George, Benedict Sabellaga, McKinley Hearns and Shemar Hairston finished second in both the 100- and 200- meter relays last Saturday in the Class AA Region 3 meet in Charleston, qualifying for the state meet. Hairston will also compete in the 100-meter dash. He finished fourth in the region, then got an "at-large" slot when his time was compared to others around the state.
Head coach Gary Brown said, "This is the first time (they) ever ran track in their lives. It's been a learning curve for them, but they seem to be grasping it, and they seem to be enjoying it. They like each other, and that's a good thing". When the relay teams finished second, just behind Bluefield, Brown said, "They were jumping for joy. We talked about (how) we had to finish at least third to make sure we got in."
Two Golden Knights, Hairston and George, made the finals of the 100- and 200-meter races. Brown said about Hairston's entry into the Class AA state competition in the 100, "He's one of the 16 best runners in the state now." De'Moni Edwards placed fifth and Elijah Collier was sixth in the 1600-meter run at the Region 3 meet. Another team member, senior Jamil Taylor, was sidelined with a hamstring injury, but continues to provide inspiration and advice to his teammates.
Staff photo and story by: Tom Bone (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)