RC’s Mulitalo, Hamilton All-State

Five Rockbridge County High School athletes competed in the Class 3 state track and field meet on Monday and Tuesday of last week at Liberty University.

Junior Tupu Mulitalo led the way by placing fourth in the girls’ shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 9 inches, a personal record by nearly three feet. In her first season with the Wildcats, Mulitalo increased her throwing distance by over nine feet, which RC head coach Jennifer Showalter said is a “huge accomplishment.” Mulitalo worked with her coaches and teammates to consistently improve.

Praising Mulitalo, RC assistant coach Julie Tisone said, “Tupu is an amazing all-around athlete. She can pick up any sport and do it well.” Mulitalo will play lacrosse this spring.

Also competing for the RC girls was senior Halyana Hamilton, earning all-state (top eight) honors by finishing eighth in the high jump, clearing five feet.

Mulitalo and Hamilton combined to score six points for the RC girls, who placed 19th of 28 scoring teams. Heritage won with 108.5 points, Maggie Walker placed second with 70, and Western Albemarle (59) finished third.

In the boys’ shot put, RC senior Noah Lawhorne placed 12th with a toss of 43-3.25, and senior teammate Isaac Conner finished 14th with a throw of 42-11.

Senior Josh Wawrzyniak placed 13th in the boys’ 500-meter dash, finishing in 1:13.88. Wawrzyniak was recovering from the flu. Tisone, who specializes in distance running, said Wawrzyniak “gave it his best effort.”

The RC boys did not record a team score. Western Albemarle won the boys’ meet with 57 points, Fluvanna County (51) placed second, and Heritage (47) finished third.

It was a solid season for the Wildcats, with 15 individuals qualifying for the Region 3C Meet. The RC girls placed third at the Valley District Meet, with Multitalo, Hamilton and senior Haley Pitzer (55-meter dash) each winning an individual title, and the Wildcats finished 10th at the regional meet. The RC boys placed fifth at the district meet and 13th at the regional meet.

Many of the Wildcats from the indoor track and field teams will continue on with the outdoor season. Practice started two weeks ago, and the first meet will be the Harrisonburg Invitational on Wednesday, March 25.

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