Written by Jonathan Schwab
Thurs., Feb. 27 -- Two individuals and one relay team from the Rockbridge County High School boys’ indoor track team qualified for the state meet by placing among the top six at the Region 3A West Meet on Friday at Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg.
Hunter Campbell and Devin Lee advanced in the high jump, tying for sixth place by leaping 5 feet, 8 inches. This was only the second meet in which Campbell, a sophomore, competed in the event.
RCHS head coach Jennifer Showalter said she was pleased Lee is getting to go to the state meet as a senior because “he has worked really hard at this event. I am thrilled for him.”
Also qualifying was the boys’ 4 X 800-meter relay team, placing fifth of 13 in a season best 8:45.72. Team members were Robbie Gardner, Matthew Parker, Clay Penney and Ben LaRivere. Each runner finished his split in a personal best time.
In team standings, the Wildcat boys placed 17th of 19 scoring teams, tallying 2.66 points.
No RCHS girls qualified for the state meet, and they had no team score, but the 4 X 800-meter relay team ran a season best 11:24.09, placing 11th of 14. Team members were McKenzie White, Brook Vess, Courtney Belanger and Sierra Elrod.
In the girls’ 2-mile, Laurel Sheffield was the sixth finisher, but she was disqualified for cutting another runner off.
The Conference 31 Meet, scheduled for Feb. 15, was canceled because of inclement weather, so the regional qualifiers were selected based on performances earlier in the season.
The Group 3A State Meet will be on Friday and Saturday at Liberty University, with Staunton River playing host.