By JP Widner
Roanoke- It took all season, but it was sweet when it happen. The talent was always there, but it took a while to put it all together. It clicked on Saturday, and great things did happen. Junior Lonnie Maddox sprinted down the runway, leaped upward at the board and soared almost 21 feet in the air to capture the long jump competition (20’ 10 ½”) at the Second Annual James Earl Jones Last Chance Meet. Maddox continued his great day with the 100 meters (13th- 11.91 seconds), 200 meters (9th- 24.17 seconds), and triple jump (17th- 35’ 7 ½”).
Ian Calfee had the best day of his career with a shot put heave of 49’ 10” to place second out of 25 competitors. The magical 50’ mark is just a tiny two inches away, a feat that the gentle giant wants so bad with only three meets to go in his high school career. Calfee also had a good day in the discus by finishing 4th out of 30 throwers (131’ 5”).
Damon Akers had a personal best in the 800 meters with an eighth place finish (2:05). If Akers learns to relax more in the first 200 meters of the half-mile race, he is sure to have a good chance to advance to the regional championships next weekend. Noah Patterson also broke his own personal record in the discus (11th- 104’ 3”).
Malik Eaves placed 9th in the 100 meters (11.86 seconds), 7th in the 200 meters (24.1 seconds), 8th in the triple jump (38’ 7 ¾”) and 13th in the long jump (18’ 7 ½’). Quincy Rollins placed 6th in the triple jump (39’ 5”), 14th in the long jump (18’ 7 ¼”), 17th in the 200 meters (25.56 seconds) and 26th in the 100 meters (12.56 seconds).
Blacksburg High School won the meet held at Patrick Henry High School with 86 points. Radford High School was close behind with 81 ½ points followed by Dan River (74), William Fleming (50), Christiansburg (48 ½), Franklin County (42), Hidden Valley (35), Staunton River (32), Patrick Henry (31), Pulaski County (24), Cave Spring (19), Floyd County (2) and Giles County (2).
“The boys were much more focused,” commented Head Coach Jamie McCarty. “We got some solid efforts in a meet that we really used as a district primer.”
The Cougar boys will compete this following weekend in the River Ridge District Championships which is held at Salem High School.