The state track and field meet may still be more than three weeks away, but Lincoln's Carl Gable and Bridgeport's Theresa Melko hope last week's performance may be a prelude to bigger things.
Making an early appearance at Laidley Field in Charleston at the Gazette Relays, both Gable and Melko made the most of their opportunities and for it are honored as this week's One Valley Bank/Clarksburg Exponent and Telegram Athletes of the Week.
Both discus throwers, Gable and Melko began and finished their weeks in much the same fashion.
With little surprise, Gable won the discus at the Harrison County Meet at Robert C. Byrd with a throw of 150-feet, nine inches.
At the Gazette Relays, the state's largest track meet, Gable won a tough field with a throw of 152-8.
Melko's week was much the same.
At the Harrison County Championship, Melko was first in the discus at 106-9 1/4. She also placed second in the shot put behind teammate Lacy Hill and was second in the 1,600 meter run.
At the Gazette Relays, Melko was first in the discus with a throw of 114-9.
Both Gable and Melko will be honored at the One Valley Bank Athlete of the Year Banquet on June 14.
Other male athletes nominated:
n Liberty's Trey Adams finished the week 7-for-13 with a home run and six RBIs.
n South Harrison's Drew Toth and Ben Hall. Toth was 8-for-17 with eight RBIs and three home runs, including the game-winning home run in the 10th inning against Liberty. Hall finished the week 11-for-17 with 11 RBIs and three home runs.
n Bridgeport's Jason Glisson was eight-for-13 in four games.
n Notre Dame's Jon Alfera and Jake Minges. Alfera tossed the Irish's third no-hitter of the year, striking out eight in a 14-0 win over Hundred, while Minges finished the week eight-for-13 with four RBIs.
n Robert C. Byrd's Tony Shade was high-point at the Harrison County Championship, setting a new Harrison County record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.62 seconds. On Saturday, Shade set a meet record in the same event at the Russ Parsons Invitational in Parkersburg and won the long jump.
n Bridgeport's Kenan Bell won the No. 1 seed title at the Big 10 Tournament.
Other female athletes nominated:
n Robert C. Byrd's Stephanie Hatfield and Liann Gottschling. Hatfield was high-point at the Harrison County Championship at set a new school record in the 1,600 with a time of 5:40.5 in Parkersburg. Gottschling won the 400, 300 hurdles and the 100 hurdles at the Harrison County Championship.
n LIberty pitchers Amy Curry and Amy Bland. Curry tossed a no-hitter in the Mountaineers 18-0 win over Philip Barbour, while Bland picked up a pair of wins.
n Bridgeport's Lindsey Gum, Megan Miller and Erica Rome. Gum finished the week seven-for-10 with four RBIs for the Indians, while Miller was six-for-nine and Rome finished seven-for-eight.