Indoor track shines at Polar Bear meet

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

Pulaski County High School indoor track and field athletes were able to shine Saturday as a part of the Blacksburg Polar Bear meet at Blacksburg High School.

 

The Lady Cougars took the top honors of the day, finishing first out of 13 teams with 59 points. James River took second with 52, Blacksburg was third with 45 and Radford was fourth with 43 points. Christiansburg took fifth with 41 points, Patrick Henry-Glade Springs was sixth with 36 and Salem finished seventh with 32 points. Auburn was eighth with 28 points, Holston finished ninth with 24, Hidden Valley was tenth with 21 and Lord Botetourt was eleventh with 19 points. Parry McCluer finished in the twelve spot with 14 points and Craig County took thirteenth with six points.

 

Grace Boone earned first place in the 300-meter with a time of 41.92 and first in the 500-meter (1:16.30).

 

Shanece Lewis took first place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.64. She also took second in the 300-meter (44.29).

 

Kelsey Arnold took third in the 300-meter with a time of 45.62, fifth in the 55-meter (7.93) and eleventh in the long jump with a leap of 13’.

 

Allyson Castle took fifth in the 1,000-meter with a time of 3:41.52 and ninth in the 1,600-meter with a time of 6:03.98.

 

Essence McCloud finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 30’ 2” and ninth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.62.

 

Other top-10 finishes included a second place finish by the 4 x 400-meter, who took second with a team of 4:21.27, a seventh place finish in the triple jump by Presley Martin (28’.5”), a sixth place effort in the 55-meter hurdles by Grace Jennings (10.31) and a tenth place finish in the 300-meter by Madison Woolwine (48.66).

 

The Cougars finished second out of 14 teams with 69 points behind a strong 94-point performance by Blacksburg. Patrick Henry-Glade Springs finished third with 58 points, Radford was fourth with 50 and Auburn finished fifth with 29 points. The remaining nine teams were Bassett (28), James River (21), Hidden Valley (20), Christiansburg (16), Lord Botetourt (12), Parry McCluer (10), Abingdon (10), Tazewell (8) and Salem (6).

 

Only one Cougar earned a first place finish due to a very strong field of competitors. Shaun King took first in the 500-meter race with a time of 1:0994.

 

Fortunately, he was followed closely by four teammates to lock the top five spots. Ryan Smith (1:10.27) finished second, Nathan Eldridge (1:10.31) took third, Jake Winesett (1:10.57) finished fourth and Julian Black (1:11.40 finished fifth.

 

Smith also took fifth in the 300-meter with a time of 38.92. King added a sixth place finish in the 300-meter (38.98) and Eldridge added an eighth place finish in the 300-meter (39.11).

 

Noah O’Dell finished fourth in the 55-meter with a time of 6.83, third in the high jump with a leap of 5’6” and fourth in the long jump with a 19’5/25” effort.

 

Levi Gray took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 38’ and eighth in the long jump with a 19’2.25” showing. He also finished sixth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.49.

 

In other events Noah Whitlow took fifth in the 1.600-meter with a time of 4:48.17. Brody Fields finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 44’10”. Garrett Smith finished seventh in the 3.200-meter race with a time of 10:56.35. He was followed by Cade Compton in eighth with a time of 10:57.78. A.J. McCloud took seventh in the high jump with a 5’ effort and Xavier cobbs took tenth in the triple jump with a 36’6.25” leap. Davis Farmer finished ninth in the 1,600-meter with a 4:55.37 time. Bryce Martin finished eighth in the 1,000-meter with a time of 2:56.38. Braydon Smith finished ninth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.94.

 

In the relays the Cougars finished third in the 4 x 400 with a time of 3:39.40 and fifth in the 4 x 200 with a time of 1:37.35.

 

The two squads will now make final preparations for the regional meet, scheduled at this time for Feb. 13.

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