By JP Widner
Salem- The Cougar Boys were in need of a victory. It had been a drought for the Pulaski County High School team to say the least. Watching the star-studded girls’ team for years has made the boys thirst for victory even more. Last Wednesday, the boys seem to finally want to break the drought while at the quad track & field meet hosted by Salem High School.
Taking on Blacksburg, Hidden Valley and Salem, the boy’s field event athletes quickly began scoring points for Pulaski County. Ian Calfee claimed both the discus and shot put victories with throws of 127’3” and 45’11”. James Reynolds stepped up to finish second in the discus (112’5”) and third in the shot put (40’9”). Noah Patterson scored points for the Cougars by placing fifth in both the shot put (32’10”) and discus (99’11”). Justin Trail gained good experience as he placed sixth in the discus (96’5”). Malik Eaves won the triple jump with a 39’ ¼” leap. Teammate Quincy Rollins placed second (37’ 2 ½”) while Heath White placed fourth (33’5”). Lonnie Maddox won the long jump (19’) while Rollins placed fifth (18’ 3 ¾”). Eaves (5th-17’ 11 ¾”), Brandon Jones (10th-16’ 5 ¾”) and White (14th-15’3”) also jumped in the competition. In the high jump, Eaves continued scoring points for the Cougars as he earned third place (5’2”) while Maddox placed fifth (5’). Before the running events started, the Cougars had earned a huge 44 points.
Sophomore Damon Akers rose to the occasion to prove he was the top distance runner for the Cougars this season. Akers beat 25 competitors as he won the 800 meters in 2:06. Damon also beat 19 more long distance athletes as he finished second in the 1600 meters (4:54). Freshman Chris Taylor proved he has a bright future by placing third in the 800 meters (2:12) and fourth in the mile (4:56). Grey Quesenberry placed sixth in the mile (5:02) and ninth in the 800 meters (2:17). Sophomore Nathan Shupe placed 13th in the mile (5:28) and 16th in the 800 meters (2:30).
Lonnie Maddox placed a strong third in the 400 meters (56.3 seconds) followed by teammates Daegan Friend (7th-57.9 seconds), Eaves (8th-58.7 seconds), White (16th-61.7 seconds) and Rollins (19th-63 seconds). Eaves defeated 25 sprinters in the 100 meters with an impressive 11.9 second time. Maddox (9th-12.1 seconds), Rollins (13th-12.5 seconds), Cody Semones (16th-12.8 seconds), Jones (19th-13.2 seconds) and White (23rd-13.3 seconds) also competed. Malik continued to lead the Cougar sprinters by placing 8th in the 200 meters (25 seconds) followed by Maddox (16th-25.9 seconds), Semones (17th-26.1 seconds), Rollins (20th-26.5 seconds), White (21st-26.6 seconds) and Jones (25th-28.2 seconds). Semones placed sixth in the 300 meter hurdles.
When all the events were finished, Pulaski County High claimed their first victory of the 2013 season with 64 points! Host school Salem High finished second (51 points) followed by Blacksburg High (49 points) and Hidden Valley High (44 points). Way to go Cougar Boys!