By JP Widner
SWT Sports Writer
Radford – Two freshman, a sophomore and a junior stepped up for the Cougar Boys last Saturday to capture the 4 x 800 meter relay championship in the 44th All-American Relays at Radford High School. Chris Taylor, Daegan Friend, Chris Taylor and Cole Turman ran well as they defeated rival Blacksburg High by ten seconds (9:10) in the combined two mile race.
Ian Calfee continued to have a strong senior season as he had a personal best in the discus (137’8”) to place second and beat 34 opponents. Calfee also placed fourth in the shot put (48’10.5”), just 11 inches from the winner. Teammate James Reynolds had a huge PR with a 43’ shot put heave to place 8th. Reynolds also placed 14th in the discus (108’4”), while freshman Noah Patterson finished 25th (89’8”).
Lonnie Maddox placed 4th in the 200 meter dash (24 seconds), and Cody Semones placed 13th (25.36 seconds). Malik Eaves continued to fine tune his sprinting skills as he beat 31 sprinters in the 100 meter dash. Eaves placed seventh with a time of 11.89 seconds followed by Semones (12.34 seconds) and Heath White (12.84 seconds). White also placed 13th in the triple jump (34’6.5”).
Eaves, Maddox, Semones and Quincy Rollins teamed up to place sixth in the 4 x 100 meter relay race (48.23 seconds). Rollins also competed in the 1600 meter sprint relay race with teammates Semones, Taylor and Turman (7th– 4:14).
Damon Akers continued his strong sophomore 800 meter season with a ninth place finish (2:09) despite the cold and breezy weather. Junior Grey Quesenberry placed 12th out of 27 runners in the one mile race (5:02).
In the long jump, Eaves (7th– 17’6”), Rollins (12th– 17’2.5”) and Maddox (14th– 17’) competed well for the Cougars. Rollins defeated 20 jumpers as he placed 9th in the triple jump (36’7.5”).
Blacksburg High captured the team title with 103 points followed by Salem (87), Radford (74), George Wythe (68), Ft. Chiswell (43) and James River (43). Pulaski County placed 7th (27 pts.) followed by Christiansburg (17), Floyd County (15), Parry McCluer (12), Giles County (10), Auburn (9), Rural Retreat (9), Glenvar (8), Grayson County (8), and Patrick Henry/Glade Springs (2).
“Ian threw strong today, and James had a 3 foot PR,” commented Head Coach Jamie McCarty. “The throwers once again earned the majority of our points. The 4 x 800 meter relay won and had a solid performance. Despite our youth, we are taking huge strides to get better. Our sprinters are getting better, but we really need to improve on our handoffs this week. Malek and Lonnie were solid in this meet. We’ll continue to press on despite our low numbers this season.”
The Pulaski County High School boy’s track & field team will return to action on Friday as they compete in the Buffalo Invitational in Floyd.