Note: An error was made in the reporting of team scores in this week’s high school track and field story. The Rockbridge County High School girls’ team won its home meet, while the Wildcat girls placed second. The Parry McCluer boys finished fifth, while the Blues’ girls came in sixth. We apologize for the error and have corrected the story in the version below.
Fri., April 18 -- The Rockbridge County High School girls’ track and field team won its home meet, while the Wildcat boys placed second, and the Parry McCluer High School boys’ 4 X 100-meter relay team set a school record on Wednesday of last week at RCHS.
Scoring 134.5 points, the RCHS girls placed first of six teams, beating Blue Ridge District foes Northside (86.67 points), Staunton River (75.33) and Alleghany (73.5). Completing the standings were Covington (36), the Blues’ Pioneer District rival, and PM (16).
Northside won the boys’ meet with 110 points, while the Wildcats finished with 102.5, ahead of Staunton River (86.5), Alleghany (84), PM (79) and Covington (26).
For the Wildcat boys, Hunter Campbell was the highest scoring athlete, tallying 27 points. Campbell and teammate Devin Lee tied for first in the high jump, leaping 5 feet, 4 inches. In the triple jump, Campbell placed second with a distance of 36-11. He came in third in the long jump, vaulting 17-5.
Lee also stepped up in the long jump, placing fifth with personal record (PR) 17-2; and in the 100-meter-dash, finishing third in 12.2 seconds.
Other top finishes came from Sebastiano Blandino, earning second in the 800-meter run in 2:19.01; and Jackson Beacham, placing second in the mile in 5:23.87.
The Wildcat boys finished second in two relays, comprised of team members Blandino, Michael Bopp, Michael Washburn and Adam Hatcher. In the 4 X 400-meter relay, they clocked 3:53.7, a season best by 1.5 seconds. They finished the 4 X 800-meter relay in 9:22.24.
For the Blues, the boys’ 4 X 100-meter relay team placed second in 46.44 seconds, breaking the old school record by nearly two seconds. Team members were Logan Arthur, Riley Erekson, Ryheem Dawson and Dallas Keiser.
The PM boys won the 4 X 400-meter relay in 3:48.58, a season best by about five seconds. Joining forces were Arthur, Erekson, Keiser and Dalton Scott.
Keiser had the top individual finish, winning the 400-meter dash in 53.57 seconds. Following Keiser was Arthur, placing third in 55.25 seconds.
In throwing events, the Blues swept the top three places in the shot put. Dawson won with a toss of 48-10, Tyler George placed second with a throw of 43-9.75, and KJ Cook finished third with a launch of 39-8.
Pleased with the progress of Cook, a freshman, PM throwing coach Danny Cole said, “He’s an athlete. The key is getting him hooked on it. He’ll start taking off, I believe.”
In the discus, Dawson won with a heave of 48-10, while George placed third with a throw of 113-1, and Lucas Fitzgerald finished fifth with a launch of 101-8, a PR by 17 feet.
For the PM girls, Ali Armstrong broke six minutes in the mile for the first time, placing third in 5:57.9, a PR by over six seconds.
Also stepping up was Katy Patterson, finishing third in the 200-meter dash in 27.27 (PR).
Additional individual scorers (top six) for RCHS (* if personal record)
100-meter dash – 4th, Hunter Campbell, 12.21.
400-meter dash – 4th, Michael Bopp, 56.69*. 6th, Michael Washburn, 57.47.
800-meter run – 5th, Brad Swenson, 2:26.88*.
110-meter hurdles – 4th, Anthony DeBruhl, 20.42.
300-meter hurdles – 4th, Anthony DeBruhl, 48.41.
High jump – 5th, Bryan Hartbarger, 5-0.
Triple jump – 4th, Anthony DeBruhl, 31-6.5.
100-meter dash – 4th, Megan Cain, 14.31.
200-meter dash – 5th, Rebekah Berry, 27.9*.
300-meter hurdles – 6th, Jessica Wheeler, 54.67.
800-meter run – 6th, Madeleine Gavaler, 3:00.37.
Shot put – 4th, Caressa Lizotte, 27-5.
Additional individual scorers (top six) for PM (* if PR)
200-meter dash – 5th, Hunter Ramsey, 25.25*.
Mile – 6th, Isaac Armstrong, 5:48.35.
Mile – 5th, Meghan Beard, 6:21.93.
Shot put – 5th, Kiki George, 27-2.5.