15 local athletes perform well at VHSL Class 2 Track and Field Championships at JMU

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HARRISONBURG, June 3-4 — After earning All-State honors over the winter in indoor track, Luray High School freshman Davey Johnson placed among the state’s best in three events at the VHSL Class 2 Track and Field State Championships, June 3-4, at the JMU Track and Field Complex.

Johnson placed the highest among county athletes competing at state, with a second-place finish (state runner-up) in the boys 800 meter run (2:02.76). The freshman was also part of two medaling relay teams. The LHS boys 4×400 relay team finished in third place in the finals with a time of 3:37.61, and included Hunter Kibler, Austin Lam and Drayvin Stevens. The LHS boys 4×800 relay team finished in eighth place (9:12.93), and included Jacob Bowman, Austin Lam and Josh Nuckols.

Page County High School junior Jacob Martz also earned three medals at the state championships earlier this month, with a fourth-place finish in the boys high jump (6-02), a fifth-place finish in the boys 110-meter hurdles (16.35 — ran 15.98 in preliminary), and a sixth-place finish in the boys 300-meter hurdles (42.75).

PCHS senior Malachi Davis also performed well in three events, placing 12th in the boys triple jump (39-11.75), 13th in the boys long jump (18-11.00) and 13th as part of the 4×100 boys relay team (47:10), which included Brett Paul Campbell, Stephon Hawkins and Kanaan Breeden.

LHS junior Jaidyn McClung earned fifth place in the girls long jump (16-03) and 10th place in the girls triple jump (32-08.5).

The Panthers had two top finishers in the boys discus throw, with senior A.J. Shifflett placing seventh (127-01) and senior Blake Turpen placing ninth (121-06).

LHS freshman Alyson Shores finished 16th in the girls 400-meter dash (1:07.72).

Radford High School won the boys team competition (East Rockingham finished seventh, Luray came in 15th); while Glenvar High School was the top girls team — just ahead of Strasburg.

To view the full results of the VHSL Class 2 Track and Field Championships, click HERE.

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Region B results

Strasburg won the girls overall team title at the Region B track meet in late May, while East Rockingham won the boys title. Stuart Drafts finished second as a team in both the girls and boys divisions. Draft’s Leah Wood was named the Region B Female Performer of the Year, while Mountain View’s Stuart Pirtie was the Region B Male Performer of the Year.

In the boys division, Page County High School finished in fifth place, while Luray High School was sixth. On the girls side, Luray came in eighth, while Page was 10th.

GIRLS

In the girls Region B track meet, LHS junior Jaidyn McClung took top honors in four events, including a top finish in her flight of the 200-meter dash (29.08), a second-place finish in both the long jump (16-07) and the triple jump (33-02), and a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (13.67).

Page County’s Brooke Johnson placed second in her flight of the 200-meter dash (31.41) and third in her flight of the 100-meter dash (14.77). Fellow Panther Landry Burns placed first in the shot put (28-01), while Page’s Elizabeth Ramos earned third in the discus throw (73-05).

Other second-place finishers included Page County’s Maddie Murphy in the 100-meter dash (14.89) and also from Page, Cari Aleshire in the 100-meter hurdles (21.12). Murphy also took fifth place in the 200-meter dash (32.61).

Fourth-place finishers included Luray’s Alexa Davis in the 100-meter dash (15.03) and fellow Bulldogs Alyson Shores in the 400-meter dash (1:07.14) and Angel Shifflett in the discus throw (67-08). Shifflett earned fifth in the shot put (22-06).

Other fifth-place finishers include Page County’s Megan Davis in the 100-meter hurdles (19.26), and Page’s Kiera Heiston in the 800-meter run (3:02.48).

BOYS

The Luray High School boys track team walked away with top honors in four events in the Region B meet, as Quincy McNeal took top honors in his flight of the 200-meter dash (25.62), Daryvin Stevens won his flight of the 400-meter dash (52.65), Jacob Bowman won the 1600-meter run (5:32.05), and the 4×400 relay team took first with members Davey Johnson, Hunter Kibler, Austin Lam and Drayvin Stevens.

The Page County High School’s boys track team earned three top finishes from Blake Turpen in the shot put (36-06), Stephon Hawkins in the 100-meter dash (12-11) and Jacob Martz in the high jump (6-0).

Among second-place finishers were Turpen in the discus throw (33-06), McNeal in the 100-meter dash (12.52), and Johnson in the 800-meter run (2:08.39).

Third-place finishers included McNeal in the 200-meter dash (26.75), Page’s Tanner Weaver in the 400-meter dash (1:06.57), and Martz in the 110-meter hurdles (16.52).

Those placing fourth at regionals included Page County’s Malachi Davis in the triple jump (38-11) and the long jump (19-05.5), Stevens in the 100-meter dash (12.07), Page’s Mason Bennett in the 200-meter dash (27.70), Page’s Timmothy Sellers in the 400-meter dash (1:08.24), Page’s AJ Bosely in the 800-meter run (2:27.47), Martz in the 300-meter hurdles (43.53), and the Page County 4×100 relay team (47.20) of Brett Paul Campbell, Stephon Hawkins, Malachi Davis and Kanaan Breeden.

Fifth-place finishers included Page’s A.J. Shifflett in the discus throw (42-09), Luray’s Josh Nuckols in the 3200-meter run (11:18.39), Page’s Brett Paul Campbell in the 3200-meter run (45.83), and the PCHS 4×400 relay team of Hawkins, Campbell, Martz and Logan Heiston.

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