ICYMI: Class 1/2 State Meet Recap

Recaps from last month's Class 1 and 2 State championships, held at the James Madison University track in Harrisonburg.

Class 1 - The Auburn Eagle girls, from Riner, held off Cumberland to score a 96.5-87 win at JMU.

Auburn used a balanced effort to score their points. Kasey Rosenbaum won the 3200 (12:23), while throwing ace Haley Rollins scored a victory in the shotput (39-10), while placing second in the discus (116-3). Stacy Lewis scored 11 key points with third and fourth place finishes in the 200 (27.07) and 400 (1:01.69). Katelyn Lafon was second in the 1600 (5:41.28) and fourth in the 800 (2:32.76). Kylie Turman placed third in the pole vault (8-0) to lead a trio that added 11 points to the team tally.

Cumberland was led by the Bartee sisters. Shamoni won the 100, and Na'Kyra and La'Kyra scored in the top three in both hurdles, with La'Kyra winning the 100-meter hurdles.

On the boys' side, Patrick Henry, from Glade Spring, torched the competition, becoming the only team among the 12 meets to register over 100 points. With 107.5, they defeated runner-up Northumberland by 44.5.

Takotah Pecina was the breakout start for PH, winning the 400 (50.94), high jump (6-0),and anchoring the first-place 1600-meter relay in 3:32. Tyler Barrett won the discus (147-2) and placed second in the shotput (48-10). Lakotah Pecina was second in the 800 (2:00.43) while sprinter Grant Buchanan scored 12 points in the 200 (second in 22.84) and 100 (fifth in 11.36).

Northumberland was led by their star junior sprinter Cameron Seldon. Seldon had two of the fastest time in any classification, winning the 100 (10.74), 200 (21.75), and anchoring the Indians' winning 400-meter team in 43.71.

Class 2 - The Glenvar women, powered by Carly Wilkes and Sydney Loder, won the crown by 12 points over Strasburg (75-63).

Wilkes, one of the state's top female distance runners, did not disappoint, with victories in the 1600 (4:49.39) and 800 (2:17.62). Loder won both hurdle events, clocking 15.37 in the 100-meter version, and 46.67 over the 300-meter race.

The Highlanders iced the victory with a win in the meet's final event, the 1600-meter relay, with Ryan Harris and Delaney Eller joining Wilkes and Loder to hit the finish line first in 4:13.23.

A pair of Tazewell freshmen also won their events. Abigail Rhudy won the 400 (59.75) and Landri Lallande threw the discus 118 feet and nine inches for her first outdoor state title.

For the boys', Radford needed all 17 events, but the Bobcats placed fourth in the final event, the 1600-meter relay to secure the team championship.

The 'Cats was bolstered by their pair of jumpers, Elliot Grayson and David Woodward. Grayson won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 5.5 inches, placed second in the high jump (6-4), and fourth in the triple jump. Teammate Woodward won the triple jump (44-9.75), while taking third in the long jump - a grand total of 39 points, more than half of Radford's 66.

Entering the 1600-meter relay, Radford led second place Brunswick 61-58, and needed to make sure to beat, or place close to Brunswick to win the team title. With Brunswick's fifth-place finish, the Bobcats iced their 66-62 win.

Dan River sophomore Asa Fletcher claimed victory in the 1600 (4:29.70) and 800 (1:56.67) meter runs, and Bruton's Casee Jones won the 400 (49.34) by 1.67 seconds.