Wildcats Step Up In First Home Track Meet

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Thursday, April 12 – In the first high school track and field meet held locally this season, Rockbridge County and Parry McCluer had several strong performances on Wednesday at Rockbridge County High School.

On a sunny and pleasant spring evening, the RC girls placed third of six teams, tallying 98 points, while PM finished sixth with 10.5 points. The RC boys came in fourth with 64 points, while the Blues finished sixth with 10 points.

Three RC girls won individual events. Thrower Danielle Crawford claimed the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, 7 inches and captured the discus with a heave of 99-4. In the mile, Faerin Dick took first in a personal-record (PR) 5:58.1, edging teammate Sarah Torrence (second, 5:58.42) in a sprint to the finish. Halyana Hamilton won the high jump, clearing 4-6.

Other top individual performances from the Lady Wildcats came from Caitlyn Mohler (second, shot put, PR 23-9) and Laura Smith (second, 800-meter run, 2:45.04).

The RC girls placed second in the 4 X 100-meter relay, clocking a season-best 55.99 seconds. Team members were Hamilton, Jayla Lewis, Tymeisha Suitte and Jorden Dunn. In the 4 X 400-meter relay, the RC girls finished third in a season-best 4:37.52, with team members Smith, Dick, Suitte and Hamilton.

Winning for the Wildcat boys was Tieran McClure in the mile, taking taking the early lead and gradually pulling away to finish in a PR 4:51.8. McClure also ran a PR in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:08.59, and Johnny Dunn placed third in the 100-meter dash in a PR 12.17 seconds.

The RC boys won both relays they entered. In the 4 X 100-meter relay, the Wildcats clocked a season-best 46.8 seconds, with team members Steven Shoultz, Johnny and Malik Dunn, and Elijah Mims. In the 4 X 400-meter relay, the Wildcats finished in 3:52, with team members Shoultz, McClure, Josh Wawrzyniak and Johnny Dunn.

The Wildcat boys’ top thrower was Anthony Marando, placing fifth in the discus with a heave of 94-5 and finishing sixth in the shot put with a toss of 39-2, both PRs.

The Blues rested their top athletes, saving them for the All-American Relays on Friday at Radford High School.

Next Wednesday the Blues will play host to the RC, Pioneer District rivals and Stuart Hall. The meet is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

For the full story on this week’s action, with more results and photos from Wednesday’s meet, please see our April 18 newspaper.

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