RC Girls Third In District

Wildcats Qualify 15 Individuals, Five Relays For Indoor Regionals

Competing outdoors in cold weather, the Rockbridge County High School indoor track and field teams performed well Saturday at the Valley District Meet at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater. Fifteen individuals and five relay teams advanced to the Region 3C Meet.

Changing it up from previous years, the schools had an outdoor “polar bear” district meet instead of the usual indoor meet, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Because of this, RC head coach Jennifer Showalter said there weren’t many personal records (PRs), but she was pleased that a lot of athletes advanced.

In the team results, the RC girls placed third of six teams with 98 points, and the RC boys finished fifth of six teams with 40 points. Spotswood won the girls’ meet with 126 points, while Turner Ashby (116) placed second. Following RC in the standings were Harrisonburg (54), Broadway (40) and Waynesboro (6). Spotswood also won the boys’ meet with 126 points, edging Harrisonburg (119). Completing the standings were Broadway (102), TA (46), RC and Waynesboro (22).

If not already qualified by time or distance, the top six individuals and relay teams, excluding athletes from Harrisonburg – the only Class 5 team in the district (the others are in Class 3) – advanced to the Region 3C Meet.

The RC girls had three individual champions. Halyana Hamilton won the high jump, clearing five feet, and Haley Pitzer won the 55-meter dash in 7.82 seconds. Tupu Mulitalo claimed the shot put with a throw of 26 feet, 5 inches.

Mulitalo also qualified in the 300-meter dash, placing fourth in 46.64 seconds.

Pitzer advanced in three other events: the long jump (fourth, 14-4.5), the triple jump (fifth, 28-3.5) and the 55-meter hurdles (sixth, 10.99).

Karalyn Timmes qualified in both of her distance races, the 1600-meter run (second, 6:21.76) and the 3200-meter run (second, 13:48.46). Her young sister Megan Timmes advanced in the 3200-meter run (third, 14:04.9).

Grace Rolon advanced in both the 1600-meter run (third, 6:23.6) and the 1000-meter run (fourth, 4:05.5). Kendall Nye moved on in the 500-meter dash (sixth, 1:34).

Tymeisha Suitte advanced in the 500-meter dash (fifth, 7.97), and Malorie Harris moved on in the 55-meter hurdles (seventh, 11.29).

The RC girls placed second in all three relays to advance. In the 4 X 800-meter relay, they finished in 11:27.51 with team members Rolon, Mulitalo, Nye and Megan Timmes. In the 4 X 400-meter relay, Mulitalo teamed up with Suitte, Hamilton and Harris to finish in 4:59.42. Joining forces to finish the 4 X 200-meter relay in 2:01.24 were Pitzer, Suitte, Hamilton and Sydia Pearson.

For the RC boys, Kyle Morris placed second in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.07 seconds, and Jacob Higgins followed in third in 9.789. Also advancing was Josh Wawrzyinak in the 500-meter dash (third, 1:11.36).

Advancing and recording PRs in the 1500-meter run were Kyle Kendall (sixth, 5:27.02) and Jack Wasser (seventh, 5:27.73).

Jacob Ivins qualified in the 55-meter dash (ninth, 7.47).

The RC boys advanced in two relays. In the 4 X 800-meter relay, they placed third in 9:33.35 with team members Wawrzyniak, Wasser, Kendall and Pierson Hull. The Wildcats finished fourth in the 4 X 400-meter relay in 4:08.42 with team members Wawrzyniak, Ivins, Jack Hill and Evan Roney.

Noah Lawhorne advanced in the shot put, placing third with a toss of 44 feet. Joining him at regionals will be Isaac Conner, who finished sixth with a toss of 40-1.

The Region 3C Meet will take place on Tuesday at the Estes Athletic Center in Fork Union. If not already qualified by time or distance, the top six individuals and top three relay teams will advance to the Class 3 state meet.

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