By John Widner/SWT Sports Writer
Blacksburg- The Pulaski High School boy’s indoor track & field team competed in the River Ridge District Championships Monday evening on the Virginia Tech campus.
Senior Cougar Ian Calfee scratched his first three throws in the shot put competition. On his final attempt of the night, the Pulaski County native’s hard work ethic paid off as he heaved a 46’ 10” throw to win the only individual district championship for the Pulaski County. The very next day, Calfee was back in the weight room performing 10 reps of 225 lbs on his bench press and 275 lbs on his squats. The desire to excel was very apparent to everyone in the fieldhouse.
Pulaski junior Dillion Alley had a huge night for the Cougars as he placed in four events. Alley captured second place in the high jump (5’8”), third in the long jump (20’ ¼”), third in the triple jump (41’4”) and sixth in the 55 meter hurdles (8.75 sec). Dillion contributed 26 of the Cougars 62 total points.
The Cougar basketball team members Malik Eaves, Lonnie Maddox and Hesus Hickman took a night off from the hardwood to help the track team. Eaves placed third in the high jump (5’6”), fourth in the long jump (19’10 ¾”) and eighth in the 55 meter dash (6.98 sec). Maddox placed sixth in the long jump (18’11”). Eaves, Maddox, Hickman and ninth grader Bradley Church ran on the 4 x 200 meter team and placed fifth (1:39.30). Church and Hickman teamed up with sophomore Damon Akers and junior Daegan Friend in the 4 x 400 meter relay and placed third (3:52.13). Friend also placed tenth in the 600 meter run (1:13.83).
Freshman distance runner Cole Turman had a respectable showing against the very tough River Ridge District competition. Turman placed seventh in the 3200 meter run (10:39) and ninth in the 1600 meter run (4:55.71). Damon Akers and freshman Chris Taylor placed ninth and tenth in the 1000 meter run with times of 2:58.32 and 2:58.47. Junior Grey Quesenberry placed eighth in the 3200 meter run (11:01). Akers, Quesenberry, Taylor and Friend teamed up to place third in the 4 x 800 meter relay (8:50.16).
Junior Brandon Jones placed fourth in the triple jump (38’10 ¾”) while junior James Reynolds placed seventh in the shot put (41’5 ¼”).
Blacksburg High School claimed the final River Ridge Boy’s Indoor Track & Field Championship with 166 points. Christiansburg placed second with 126 points followed by Pulaski County (62), Salem (49), Cave Spring (16 and Hidden Valley (8).
“Our boy’s team is extremely scrappy,” commented Head Coach Jamie McCarty. “Everybody on our small team contributed to our third place finish. We probably scored forty more points than anyone expected. We really appreciate the basketball players taking the time to help us.”
The Pulaski County Boys will compete in the Region IV Championship on Saturday at Virginia Tech.