PM’s May Siblings Win Mile And Two Mile At State Meet, RC’s Crawford Second In Both Throws

Jonathan Schwab


Sunday, June 2 – Parry McCluer High School siblings Dylan May and Kensey May both won the 1600 and 3200-meter runs at the Class 1 state meet on Saturday at East Rockingham High School in Elkton, and 13 athletes from PM and Rockbridge County High School earned all-state honors by placing in the top eight this weekend. Also earning all-state honors was the PM boys’ 4 X 800-meter relay team, placing second.


Dylan, a junior, won the boys’ 1600 in 4:26.87, breaking his own school record by about three-and-a-half seconds and finishing about five seconds ahead of the runner-up. He later won the 3200 in 9:53.66, nearly 22 seconds ahead of the runner-up.


Kensey, a freshman, claimed the girls’ 1600 in 5:17.52, nearly 17 seconds ahead of the runner-up. In the 3200, Kensey finished in 11:39.52 to win by about 26 seconds. Senior teammate Sophie Dryden capped a stellar high school running career by placing third in the 3200 in 12:19.03.


Three local senior throwers placed second. For the PM boys, Jason VanBrocklin’s discus throw went 131 feet, 8 inches, just over two feet shy of the winning throw. For the PM girls, Tristen Clark broke her own school record by 3.5 inches in the shot put with a toss of 38-3. At the Class 3 state meet at Liberty University in Lynchburg, RC senior girl Danielle Crawford’s discus throw on Friday went 111-10, and her shot put throw on Saturday with 38-3.


Three PM throwers were competing at the state meet for the first time. For the boys, junior Colton Staton finished sixth in the shot put with a toss of 43-4.5, and sophomore Forrest Vassar placed seventh in the discus with a heave 116-10, a PR by over five feet. For the girls, junior Grayson Shields placed 11th in the shot put with a toss of 31-4, and she finished 16th in the discus with a heave of 82-11.


Also earning all-state honors for the PM girls was senior Valencia Harden, placing third in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.15 seconds. In the 800-meter run, senior Hailey Huffman finished fifth in 2:31.72, a PR by a second and a half.


For the PM boys, sophomore Trevor Tomlin placed fifth in the 3200 in 10:38.77, and sophomore Brenden Plogger finished sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:07.99. Junior Holden Kerr just missed all-state honors in the 800-meter run, coming in ninth in 2:10.46.


In the boys’ 4 X 800-meter relay, moved from Friday to Saturday due to rain, the Blues finished in 8:29.98, a season-best time by about 3.5 seconds, trailing Lancaster’s winning time by about four seconds. Tem members were Kerr, Tomlin, Plogger and senior Caleb Workman.


RC senior Faerin Dick placed fifth in the 1600 in 5:26.13, a PR by over five seconds after she passed three runners in the second half of the race.


The PM boys placed third of scoring 35 teams with 48 points, while the PM girls finished fifth of 30 scoring teams with 44 points. The RC girls scored 20 points to tie Valley District rival Spotswood for 13th place of 30 scoring teams. The RC boys had several athletes competing but did not score any points.


For the full stories and photos from the state meets, with full results, please see our June 5 newspaper.

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