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Cougar Throwers Compete at National Championships

By JP Widner

SWT Sports Writer

Greensboro, NC- Two membe530013_437485132944537_279580370_n-1rs of the 2013 graduating class of Pulaski County High School competed in the New Balance Outdoor Track & Field National Championships last weekend. Sara Wright and Ian Calfee, both Virginia All-State athletes in the shot put, made the two hour trip southward to participate in the “Emerging Elite” category.

Calfee competed Saturday evening at the North Carolina A & T Irwin Belk Track facility. The future Emory & Henry football player finished 11th out of 14 athletes in the first round with a throw of 46’ 8”. Unfortunately for Ian, he pulled a back muscle two days prior to the competition which hindered him from being near his 51’ plus throwing ability. Overall, Calfee finished in 25th   place. “It was a good experience,” said the PCHS record holder. “It was fun just throwing and talking to guys from all over the country.” Joe Manson of Danvers, MA won the competition with a throw of 57’ 7”.

Wright competed Sunday morning and finished 5th out of 12 competitors in the third flight with her best throw of 38’8 ¼”. Overall, the future James Madison University softball player placed 14th out of 42 throwers. “I was disappointed that I didn’t break 40’ this year,” said the two-sport Cougar star. “But I did have a great time, and we were able to compete at nationals!” Alycia Springs of Butler, NC won the competition with a throw of 43’ 4 ¼”.