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Davis, Durham rack up titles at MED track meet

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By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County’s Michael Davis and Galax’s Marleigh Durham combined for five individual championships, but Fort Chiswell swept the team titles in the Mountain Empire District track field meet at Fort Chiswell High School.

Abingdon did the same in the Southwest District, winning the boys’ and girls’ titles in the SWD meet at Abingdon High.

In the MED, Andrew Hamm won five events and finished third in another as the Pioneers racked up 206 points to runner-up Grayson County’s 110. Galax was third in the boys’ standings with 75 points, followed by Bland County (35), Narrows (20) and Pocahontas (12).

Galax and Grayson County combined for six individual championships, including three by Davis. Davis swept the three distance events and set a new MED record in the 3200 with a time of 9:54. He was also the district champion in the 1600 and the 800, and the Blue Devils won the 4x400 relay in 3:51.5.

Galax’s Anthony Phillips won the 300 hurdles in 44.8 seconds and Josh Fridley was the champion in the 400 (53.3).

In the girls’ standings, Fort Chiswell finished with 140 team points to Grayson County’s 111, with Bland County third at 73. Galax (57), Narrows (26) and Pocahontas (4) rounded out the field.

Durham was a multiple-event winner, as the Maroon Tide freshman won the 3200 in 13:10 and the 1600 in 6:00.6. Teammate Arianna Sexton claimed the high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches.

Grayson County came home with five event wins, including both relays. Keri Sawyers won the 300 hurdles (58.1), Leah Hall was a winner in the 400 (1:06) and Rosy Kirby won the 800 (2:47.5).

Earning runner-up finishes for Grayson County were Hall (high jump, 800), Sawyers (100 hurdles), Meisha Gillard (100), Kirby (400) and John O’Brien (long jump, triple jump, 400). Taking the silver for the Maroon Tide were Josh Fridley (800) and Manuel Echeagaray (1600, 3200).

Third-place finishers included Grayson County’s Josie Adams (shot put), Larissa Greer (200), O’Brien (high jump) and Mark Bedwell (1600, 3200) as well as Galax’s Olga Martinez (discus), Sexton (400), Tyler Houk (200) and Trent McMillon (800).

The top six finishers in each event advance to tomorrow’s Region C meet at Radford University.

Southwest District

Abingdon had no trouble winning the SWD boys’ title, amassing 214 points to Marion’s 98. Carroll County placed third with 81 points, followed by Graham (35), Tazewell (30), Richlands (20) and Grundy (16).

Matt Coble won two of the Cavaliers’ three individual championships, winning the 1600 in 4:46.93, and then the 3200 in 10:35.74. Cruz Lineberry was the district champion in the discus with a toss of 122 feet, 7 inches. Jacob Singleton qualified for the Region IV meet in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and triple jump.

Kayla McCormick qualified for the Region IV meet in three events, placing fourth in both hurdles events and the high jump. Carroll County’s girls placed fifth as a team with 23 points. Abingdon finished with 199, followed by Marion (136), Graham (79), Grundy (28), Carroll, Tazewell (19) and Richlands (6).