MORGANTOWN \u2014 A team is often only as good as its leadership. If that proves the case for the Clay-Battelle High track and field team, the Cee-Bees are likely in good shape.\r\n\r\nAt the Class A level, it can often be hard to attract enough talent to compete, especially in smaller sports. For Clay-Battelle, there are only five seniors between both the boys\u2019 and girls\u2019 teams, but they have proven their weight in gold.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey help the younger kids with simple things, like coming out of the blocks, starts, drills, and work ethic. Our two girl seniors have placed at the states each of the last three years,\u201d Clay-Battelle coach Ted Cline said. \u201cPeople look up to that, and they lead by example. They work hard, and work builds success. They will be missed by the coaching staff and the team when they graduate.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe success \u2014 both among the senior group and the program as a whole \u2014 starts with the trio of Addison Ammons, Hailey Carreon and Nathan Swaniger. Ammons currently owns Class A top ten rankings in two individual events, including the second-best pole vault mark of the season. Carreon is inside the top ten in three separate individual events, and together the pair are one-half of the defending state champion Shuttle Hurdle Relay, which currently owns the second-best time this season.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have some outstanding freshmen, and results like that keep them working very hard to keep up with those leaders. When you\u2019re surrounded by state champions, you want to get to that level. It just kind of rubs off,\u201d Cline said.\r\n\r\nSwaniger currently owns the top Class A time in both the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints. His time in the 100 also ranks second-best among all three classifications in West Virginia, just five tenths of a second behind current Class AA state record holder Sebastian Spencer of Weir.\r\n\r\nThe success means a lot to Swaniger, but he has also thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to shape the younger athletes at Clay-Battelle and show them just what hard work can earn them.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy freshman year I really looked up to the seniors. I remember I wanted to try and be like them and be as successful as they were. Now that I\u2019m a senior, and this goes back to football, it makes me realize that people who are younger than me, the better an example I can set the more it will drive them to do their best,\u201d he said. \u201cWhenever I was younger, I watched my brother run track. I watched him have to put in the work. It made me realize I\u2019m not going to be able to just come in and beat people because I\u2019m fast. Each day you work is going to make you better and better.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs the Cee-Bees continue to grow as a track program, which has seen its fair share of success in recent years, Ammons hopes that the leadership demonstrated and results earned on the track by her class will make an impact in the long run.\r\n\r\n\u201cWith the girls that are on our shuttle team, they know what it feels like to win a state championship, and I hope they don\u2019t want to let that go once we\u2019re gone. I hope they keep striving for it. I hope that the track program builds up again and they realize that it\u2019s a sport they can succeed in at our school,\u201d she said.