The Union boys claimed the team title with 120.5 points while home-standing Ridgeview won the girls title with 127.
Gate City junior Samantha Jerrell and John Battle’s Reed Samuel were named the most outstanding performers of the meet, accumulating the most individual points for their teams.
The top four finishers in each event qualify for next week’s Class 2 state meet in Elkton at East Rockingham High School.
Jerrell had quite the meet, scoring 38.5 individual points. She won the long and triple jumps with new meet records of 16-5.75 and 32-8.25, respectively. She was also second in both the 100 meters (12.95) and 200 (27.34). She topped off her day by being the anchor leg on the Lady Blue Devils 4x100 relay team that won in 53.37, barely beating out Wise Central by one-hundredth of a second. That was also a new meet record.
“There’s a lot of competition out here, but my coach loves to work with us and he’s been a big help this year,” Jerrell said. “Our 4x100 is really good. We have good, smooth handoffs and I love to pick it up at the end.”
Samuel was once again a force for the Trojans, winning the 400 (52.22) and long jump (20-7.5). He was second in the 200 (22.5) and high jump (6-0). Finally, he was the anchor leg on the winning 4x400 relay team in 3:43.73. He also totaled 38.5 points.
UNION GETS A SCARE, BUT PULLS AWAY
Union got individual wins from Jacob Mullins in the 800 (2:12.23), Avery Jenkins in the high jump (6-2) and Justin Barnett in the discus (155-0). The Bears also won the 4x800 relay, setting a new meet record of 8:53.50 after losing to runner-up John Battle last week at the conference meet.
What really hurt Union was both runners in the 300 hurdles did not finish, but Mullins winning the 800 and Nathaniel Hersel getting third in the 3,200 probably gave Union enough of a cushion toward the end to outdistance the runner-up Trojans.
RIDGEVIEW WINS COMFORTABLY
The Lady Wolfpack won easily over Gate City by 51 points behind standout performances from Nikole Counts and Kylie Bostic.
Counts won the 400 in a new meet record of 1:03.78 and also won the high jump at 4-11 in a jump-off against Union’s Emili Brooks.
Counts was also third in the 100 (13.35), second in long jump (14-11.5) and sixth in the 200 (28.18).
Bostic — just a freshman — was second in the 400 (1:04.31), second in the 800 (2:36.30) and third in triple jump (31-2.5).
Madison Yates also had a good day for the Lady Wolfpack, winning the 300 hurdles (53.37) and finishing second in the 100 hurdles (17.62). She was also fourth in the long jump (14-5) and fifth in the triple jump (30-2.25).
Ridgeview also got a win out of the 4x800 relay.
LOCKHART BURSTS ONTO THE SCENE
Ridgeview junior Issac Lockhart had a perfect day in the sprints, going 3-for-3. He was a double winner in both the 100 (11.10) and 200 (22.22), which were both meet records.
He was also the anchor leg for the Wolfpack 4x100 relay team that ran an eye-popping 43.55, which is currently leading Class 2.
“I knew it was going to be close between me and Avery in the 100, so I told myself I had to win it,” he said. “This was the fifth time this season that we’ve broken the school record. Hopefully I can come out of next week with two rings.”
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Wise Central sophomore Hannah Large did not run track before this season, but she did play basketball, and coach Robin Dotson thought she would be good because she was fast.
“At first, I didn’t expect to win any meets, and then the wins just started flooding in,” she said. “Before last week, I had only lost one race. I’m excited to go to state and hopefully win.”
Large kept the wins coming with titles in both the 100 (12.90) and 27.01, which were both new meet records.
Central’s Maddox Reynolds isn’t new to the game like Large, but the freshman continued his standout campaign with a double win in the 110 (14.63) and 300 hurdles (41.82). The 110 hurdles time shattered the old meet record by almost two seconds.
In the girls field events, Union’s Samantha Hampton won the shot put in a new meet record of 36-7.75 while Tazewell’s Kenzie Lambert chucked the discus 110-10.
On the track, Central’s Carlee Salyers won an exciting 800 race with a time of 2:35.99, which was a new meet record. Virginia High’s Kelsey Harrington won the 1,600 in record fashion in 5:13.78.
Graham’s Katie Benson won the 3,200 in 12:49.94.
John Battle’s Bethany Smith won the 100 hurdles in a new meet record of 17.28.
In the boys field events, Gate City’s Michael Calhoun won the shot put in 54-3. Virginia High’s Gavin Austin won the triple jump in 40-0.5.
On the track, Grayson County’s Benji Pinckney was a double-winner in both the 1,600 (4:47.69) and 3,200 (10:21.26).