WV state meet notebook: Winfield sprinter expects success
CHARLESTON — Allie Germann is accustomed to being on the move.
The Winfield High School freshman track star ran a personal-best 12.39 seconds in the preliminaries of the Class AA girls 100-meter dash Friday at the state track and field meet at University of Charleston Stadium. That effort was the best in the state this year heading into Saturday’s finals.
“I kind of expected it, I guess,” Germann said, humbly preferring to talk about her team. “I’m excited about our 4x100 (relay) team. That’s a great team.”
Germann joins Emily Bryant, Rylee Hinkle and Molly Wallace on the relay squad. Germann is new to Winfield and her teammates are glad to have the standout runner/jumper who has moved “five or six times” in her young life.
“My dad is in the military,” said Germann, who moved to Winfield from North Carolina. “I get to finish high school here and I’m excited about that.”
A competitive gymnast and cheerleader much of her life, Germann suffered a fractured vertebra that limited her. She turned her attention to track as a result and found tremendous success, ranking No. 1 in the state in the 100 and 200, as well as second in the long jump entering the state meet.
BURNS FINISHES HOT: Germann wasn’t the only athlete to overcome a back injury to star at the state meet.
Brooke Burns of Scott won the girls Class AA discus title with a personal-best throw of 132 feet 1 inch Friday morning. She bettered her mark of 129-11 and is the favorite in the shot put Saturday, having already heaved a state-best 38-1 1/2 earlier this season.
Burns takes nothing for granted, however, as she was the favorite last season but finished second in the shot and fourth in the discus. Those marks were disappointing for the Marshall University recruit, especially since she had won the shot put throw as a freshman.
“I injured my back in the regional meet last year,” Burns said. “I had something called pars defect. It was a fracture in my back and I was in a lot of pain.”
Burns was thrilled to win Friday, as evidenced by her broad smile as her family took photos with the newly re-crowned state champion.
“It was a good day to set a personal record,” Burns said with a laugh. “I put a lot of hard work into this and it makes me very happy, but I’d have been happy even if I didn’t win.”
GENERAL COMMENTS: The Winfield girls are considered the favorite to win the Class AA title. Some Generals said those expectations don’t faze them much, others said they feel the need to finish first.
“There’s a little bit of pressure and I’m confident we can do this,” said Gracie Lanier, a senior who has signed to run as Ohio Christian University. “We just have to go perform. We can’t control what anyone else does. The seventh-ranked team could have a good day and finish first.”
Emily Bryant, a junior, said pressure to win is part of the territory and unseating defending champion Bridgeport will be a challenge.
“It doesn’t matter what everyone else does; all we can do is do our best,” Bryant said. “There’s always pressure to perform, but the skill and knowledge our coaches have instilled in us pushes us.”
“We’re expected to win, so there definitely is a lot of pressure,” Germann said. “All we can do is just go run.”
FLASH: A lightning strike about 2 miles from the stadium halted the meet at 6:04 p.m. during the Class AAA boys shuttle hurdles.
West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission rules require a meet or game to be stopped when lightning is observed and the event cannot begin again until 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning.