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Cougars competitive at Blue Demon Invitational




CHRISTIANSBURG – The Cougar and Lady Cougar track and field teams traveled to Christiansburg Saturday to compete in the Blue Demon Invitational track meet, the first on the new track and field surface at Christiansburg High School.


For the Cougars the day ended with a fifth place finish with 55 points. Blacksburg took the top spot with 176 points. Christiansburg and Northside tied for second place with 75.5 point each. The Cougars were fifth, followed by Salem in sixth, James River in seventh and Floyd County in eighth. Auburn was ninth and Holston was 10th. The remainder of the field included (in order) Patrick Henry-Glade Spring, Chilhowie, Parry McCluer, Patrick County, Narrows and Brookville.


EJ Horton finished fourth in the 100-meter, followed by Armonte Lewis in 18th, JJ Gulley in 19th, Keyonte Dennedy in 32nd, Luke Russell in 33rd, Ethan Duke in 43rd and Julian Miller in 46th.


Xavier Cobbs finished 10th in the 200-meter. Nathan Rice finished 13th, John Lyman was 14th, Keyante Kennedy was 26th and Luke Russell was 27th.


Shaun King took first in the 400-meter. Grayson Deu finished 22nd. In the 800-meter Cade Compton took 21st, Evan Hull was 28th, Austin Hall was 42nd, Breon Hopkins was 48th, Karson Sweatnam was 51st and Nick Phibbs was 57th.


Compton took fifth in the 1,600-meter race.  He was followed closely by Zach Fox in seventh and Bryce Martin in 13th place. Fox also took ninth in the 3,200-meter face, followed by James Guthrie in 10th and Martin in 11th.


Lane Suthers finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles. Brayden Smith took 11th. Suthers also finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles. Smith was eighth.  The 4×100-meter relay team of Lewis, Horton, Nathan Rice and Xavier Cobbs finished fifth. The 4×400 relay team of Suthers, Lewis, Cobbs and King took eighth.


Gulley took sixth in the high jump. Lewis was seventh in the long jump with Gulley finishing 17th. Lewis also took 11th in the triple jump.


In the discus throw, Jacob Akers earned first place. Tristen Bowden was sixth, Clay Phillips was eighth, Evan Winesett was 18th and Charles Buchinsky was 23rd. Zeke Surber finished sixth in the shot put. Akers was seventh, Phillips was 11th and Bowden was 12th.


The Lady Cougars had an even better day, finishing second with 107 points. Blacksburg was first with 134. Christiansburg was third with 66 points. Cave Spring was fourth with 56.5. Patrick Henry-Glade Spring was fifth with 42 points. Auburn was sixth with 39, Floyd County was seventh with 36, James River was eighth with 32, Salem was ninth with 27.5 and Chilhowe finished 10th with 25 points. The remaining teams were Northside, Eastern Montgomery, Parry McCluer, Holston, Patrick County and Roanoke Catholic.


Shanece Lewis took third place in the 100-meter race. She was joined by Jaira McNair in seventh, Cierra Truehart in 15th, Erin Russell in 33rd, Grace Jennings in 34th and Ruth Downey in 45th. Lewis also took fourth in the 200-meter with McNair finishing fifth.


Grace Boone earned first place in the 400-meter and 800-meter races. Madison Woolwine finished fourth in the 800 with Allyson Castle at seventh and Courtney Cregger at 13th.


Kelsey Arnold took second in the 100-meter hurdles. She was joined by Presley Martin at fifth and Essence McCloud at 13th. Arnold also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles. Martin was fifth.


Arnold took second in the long jump. McNair was fifth. Arnold also earned first place in the triple jump with McNair finishing sixth.


The 4×100-meter relay team of Lewis, McNair, Arnold and Truehart finished first. The 4×400-meter squad of Boone, Castle, Woolwine and Cregger finished third.


The two teams will be back in action when they travel to Blacksburg April 27.



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