By Marty Gordon
Action was heavy this past week on the track for all the area high schools. The Blacksburg girls finished second in Region 4D as Jefferson Forest took the team title with 137.5 points to the Bruins’ 120 points. The Blacksburg boys finished fourth, behind first-place Pulaski (128.5 points) with 83 points.
The Radford boys’ team finished second in Region 2C with 102 points to Glenvar’s 124 points. Floyd was third with 95 points.
Christiansburg claimed the girls’ title in Region 3D with 112.33 points to second-place William Byrd’s 105.33. The boys’ team finished fifth.
Blacksburg’s Sophia Krouscas won the girls’ 200-meter dash, the 100-meter dash, and the 400-meter run. Teammate Mia Littlejohn won the regional title in the 100-meter hurdles. Katja Kehlenbeck cleared 5-02 in the high jump to win that event..
Conner Rutherford gave the Bruins a win in the 1,600-meter run.
Auburn’s Haley Hollins continued her dominance in Region 1C, winning the discus with a throw of 109’ 3” and the shot put with a toss of 39’ 6.25”. Katelyn Lafon and Kasey Rosenbaum were 1-2 in the girls’ 1,600-meter run with Eastern Montgomery’s Valeria Castillo third. The trio also finished in the same places in the 800-meter run.
Eastern Montgomery’s Aija McHone brought home the 400-meter title.
The Auburn girls’ 4X800 relay team outran cross-county rival Eastern Montgomery for the regional title. Auburn also took the 4X400 relay title.
The Auburn boys’ 4X800 relay slipped by second-place Eastern Montgomery for first place. The two schools flipped places in the 4X400 relay.
Daniel Graham gave Auburn gold in the 110 hurdles, and Bryce Dehart finished first in the 100-meter dash.
Eastern Montgomery’s Cody Roop cleared 5’ 8” for the win on Thursday in Pearisburg.
In 3D, Tyrique Taylor brought the discus and shotput championships to Christiansburg.
Summer Hamlin finished second for the Blue Demons in the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run. Teammate Kayla Waters was third in the 800 meters.
Christiansburg’s Madelyn Moles was the Region 3D medalist in the 300-meter hurdles and finished third in the 100-meter hurdles. Moles took the pole vault event at 11’ even and finished second in the girls’ long jump. Teammate Amara Okoronkwo claimed the girl’s triple jump crown.