By JP Widner
SWT Sports Writer
Floyd– With a mostly small, young and inexperienced team, Head Track & Field Coach Jamie McCarty is always looking for someone to emerge as a leader. Grey Quesenberry is starting to fit that mode. The junior placed 4th out of 31 competitors in the mile run Friday night at the Buffalo Track & Field Invitational. Quesenberry’s time of 4:57 is a positive sign for the long distance runner. “He has been working hard,” Coach McCarty stated. “He is ready to take the next step to become a contender in the River Ridge District.” Grey also placed 10th in the two mile run (10:58).
Ian Calfee, a giant of a young man at 6’2” and 350 pounds, used his size and strength to capture second place in the discus (121’11”) and fourth in the shot put (44’1”). James Reynolds threw great as he earned third place in the discus (115’8”). Sophomore Noah Patterson placed 32nd in the shot put (30’8”).
Damon Akers continued to prove he is a force to be reckoned with in the 800 meters as he placed 6th out of 31 harriers. Freshman Chris Taylor was right behind him with an 8th place finish (2:08). Nathan Shupe had an 11 second personal best in the 1600 meter run (24th-5:27).
Malik Eaves tied for 7th place in the high jump (5’4”). Eaves is consistently finishing in the top 1/3 of sprinters as the season heads towards the district championships. Malik placed 11th in the 200 meters (24.67 seconds) and the 12th in the 100 meters (12.2 seconds). The sophomore also placed 14th in the long jump (18’5”). Teammate Lonnie Maddox is following in close pursuit in the 100 meters (12.54 seconds) and the 200 meters (25.79 seconds). Maddox finished ahead of Eaves in the long jump with a twelfth place finish (18’7”).
Juniors Quincy Rollins and Heath White represented the Cougars in the triple jump. Rollins placed 14th (37’2”) while White placed 22nd (33’5”). Sophomore Cody Semones placed 14th in the 300 meter hurdles (49.73 seconds).
George Wythe won the Buffalo Invitational with 74 points. Radford finished a distance second with 49 points, followed by William Byrd (47), Hidden Valley (34), Fort Chiswell (30), Glenvar (29), Auburn (27), Giles (26), Pulaski County (23), Rural Retreat (22), Patrick County (21), Magna Vista (21), Martinsville (20), Bassett (18), Patrick Henry/Glade Springs (16), Floyd County (15), Grayson County (12), Galax (9), Roanoke Catholic (2) and Chilhowie (1).
“The guys had some solid performances,” said Coach McCarty. “The throwers threw strong again, and the distance guys are improving. Sprinters and jumpers are still a work in progress…the overall effort of the team was good. With the district championships coming up, we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Cougar boys will return to action this Friday night as they compete in the Cosmopolitan Track & Field Invitational at William Fleming High School in Roanoke.