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Lady Rebels, Cavaliers rule Region 1D track and field

By TANNER COOK • May 18, 2019 at 10:15 PM

COEBURN — On a scorching day at Eastside’s Alumni Stadium, the Hogoheegee District took charge of the Region 1D track and field championships.

Patrick Henry annihilated the girls’ field, piling up a whopping 200 points. Holston, with 143 points, was the runner-up.

The boys’ side saw the reverse, the Cavaliers upending their Washington County rivals 144-88.

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The top four finishers in all events qualified for the VHSL Class 1 meet at East Rockingham in Elkton in two weeks.


After not having an ideal start to the day — finishing fourth in the high jump (4-8) and sixth in the triple jump (31-0.5) — J.I. Burton junior Lydia Blair-James successfully defended her 100-meter hurdles (16.59) and 300 hurdles (49.71) championships.

Blair-James made all-state in three events last spring, winning the 100 hurdles, finishing third in 300 hurdles and placing fourth in the high jump.

She’s going back up the interstate with her eyes on a repeat.

“It feels really good to come back and win the hurdles today,” she said. “I want to win again. I want another state ring.”

Blair-James accounted for 25 of Norton’s 49 team points.


Twin Springs junior Corbin Kilgore also impressed in the hurdles, winning the 300 in 43.39 and placing second in the 110s (16.99).

Kilgore was also fifth in the discus (106-5) and sixth in the shot put (37-9.5) and was the anchor on the sixth-place 4x100 relay team.


With an experienced distance squad that finished seventh in the Class 1 cross country meet during the fall, Castlewood was a clear-cut favorite to win the 4x800 relay.

However, going into the anchor leg of the race, the Blue Devils found themselves trailing Northwood by more than five seconds.

All-state runner Hunter Hicks quickly erased that deficit and brought home the win for on the final lap. Castlewood won in a time of 8:59.45.

In the same race, Thomas Walker broke the school record by running 9:25.41. The Pioneers finished third and qualified for the state meet.


Patrick Henry was expected to dominate on the girls side, but winning by a complete landslide was a surprise.

Junior Sarah Cornett won the 100 dash (12.94) and 400 (1:01.55), was second in the high jump (4-10) and placed third in the triple jump (32-1.75).

Fellow junior Maggie Buchanan won the 200 (26.51) and took second in the 100 (12.95). Buchanan and Cornett both were legs on the 4x100 relay team that broke the school record with a time of 51.59, which is the fastest in Class 1.

The Rebels also got a ton of points from Ella Maiden. Maiden racked up a win in the pole vault (9-0), a runner-up finish in the 100 hurdles (17.85), a third-place showing in the high jump (4-10) and long jump (14-6) and a fourth in the triple jump (32-0.75).

Junior Catherine Grossman swept the 800 (2:37.64) and 1,600 titles (5:38.10), adding 20 more points.

In fact, Patrick Henry’s girls won every individual running event except the 3,200 and the hurdles.

In the field, Abigail Belcher added 20 points to the PH cause by winning the shot put (35-9) and discus (120-0).

Also out of the Hogoheegee, Chilhowie’s Molly Rhudy swept the triple jump (35-2.25) and long jump (17-2.5) titles. Holston’s Ryland Harrison won the high jump, clearing 5 feet.


The Cavaliers used an arsenal of sprint standouts to distance themselves from the field. Bryce Cobler won the 100 (11.53), and Noah Thomas swept the 200 (23.58) and 400 (52.30) titles.

State cross country champion Jordan Keith pitched in 20 points for Holston by winning the 800 (2:01.21) and 1,600 (4:41.31), and Kaiden Finley was the surprise winner of the 3,200 (11:24.77).

Chilhowie racked up in the field events behind a win by Malachi Thomas in the high jump (6-2) as well as in the 110 hurdles (16.50). The most impressive field event athlete on the day was Warriors freshman Jonathan Gilley, who swept the long jump (21-0) and triple jump (41-2).


Eastside’s Anna McKnight won the girls’ 3,200 (15:36) and the Spartans also pulled out a win in the 4x800 relay.

Castlewood was also victorious in the 4x400 (3:38.51), and Jayden Stafford brought home the shot put title for the Blue Devils with a heave of 44-5.

Patrick Henry’s Zach Brown won the discus with a throw of 120-3, beating his counterpart on the girls’ side by a mere 3 inches.