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Maroon Tide opens MED track schedule with team wins

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Galax swept the first full Mountain Empire District track and field meet of the year, taking both the boys’ and girls’ team victories Wednesday at Galax High School.

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Galax swept the first full Mountain Empire District track and field meet of the year, taking both the boys’ and girls’ team victories Wednesday at Galax High School. With four MED teams plus Carroll County competing, the Maroon Tide boys breezed to their team win with 158 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Carroll County’s 74 points. Grayson County was third with 65 points, followed by Fort Chiswell (11) and Narrows (0). The Maroon Tide girls had a bit of a closer battle on their hands but were able to hold off Narrows 108-98. Carroll County took third place with 48 points, ahead of Fort Chiswell  (31) and Grayson County (24). The Maroon Tide boys took home nine event wins, including three by Devae Goins. Accounting for 36 team points by himself adding in a couple of second-place finishes, Goins won the discus (122’11”) long jump (18’3”) and 110-meter hurdles (17.49 seconds). Kevin Loftin added a pair of wins for the Maroon Tide, winning the 800 (2:24) and the 1600 (5:04). Also picking up wins for Galax were Eddie Hanks in the triple jump (38’6”), Lawrence Parsons in the high jump (5’8”), Travis Cockerham in the 3200 (11:54) and Jacob Ogle in the 300 hurdles (45.20). Carroll County’s Eric Marshall won the 400 in 56.8 seconds, and the Cavaliers also claimed the 4x400 relay. Grayson County gathered four event wins, including both sprints by Xavier Rodriguez, who won the 100 in 11.83 and the 200 in 23.98. Allison White, Bailey Shumate and Marleigh Durham each won a pair of events for the Maroon Tide girls, who claimed nine events overall. White swept the hurdles, winning the 100 hurdles in 17.46 and the 300 hurdles in 52.46. Durham brought home wins in the 400 (1:08.5) and 800 (2:49) and Shumate won the high jump (4’9”) and 200 (29.20). Murphy Smith was the winner in the discus with a throw of 91 feet for Carroll County.