Rodriguez, Smoot win region, ‘X’ places in three state events

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By Staff Reports

 RADFORD –– Xavier Rodriguez earned three top-four finishes while two Grayson County teammates also managed all-state efforts at the Group A state track and field championships last weekend at Radford University.

Rodriguez, a senior, placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.97 seconds, just .31 behind state champion Jestin Brown of Altavista.

Rodriguez also placed third in the 400 with a time of 50.48 and was fourth in the 200 (22.24).

Also for Grayson County, Tyler Pauley brought home a sixth-place finish in the 1600 and Darren Anderson placed seventh in the shot put.

Galax advanced seven athletes to the state meet. Allison White just barely missed out on all-state recognition, which goes to the top eight finishers in each event. White placed ninth in the 300 hurdles. She posted a career best time in both the 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles while at the state meet.

Rodriguez was the Region C champion in the 200 meters the previous Saturday, also at R.U., posting a time of 22.37 seconds, while placing second in both the 100 and the 400.

Anderson was second in the region in the shot and Pauley also placed sixth in the 1600 at regionals. The three Blue Devil boys earned enough points between them to garner a fourth-place showing in the team standings for Grayson County.

For the Blue Devil girls, Carley Smith finished second in the 3200 meters.

The top six finishers in each event advanced to the state meet.

Earning top-six finishes for Galax were Megan Boyles (sixth, 1600), Ashley Jordan (third, 3200), White (second, 100 hurdles; third, 300 hurdles), Travis Cockerham (fifth, 800), Austin Pack (second, high jump), Eddie Hanks (fifth, triple jump) and Colton Turbyfill (sixth, discus).

Upon advancing to the state meet, Hanks, Jordan, Cockerham and Boyles all posted their career bests in their respective events.


Carroll County sent three athletes to the Group AA state meet, held last weekend in Harrisonburg. Wes Smoot earned all-state honors in the high jump with his sixth-place effort of 6 feet, 2 inches, as did Morgan Cain, who placed seventh in the girls’ discus.

At the Region IV meet, Smoot was a region champion with a high jump of 6-5. The Carroll County senior also placed third and advanced to state in both the long jump and triple jump.

Cain placed third in the discus and teammate Murphy Smith was fifth in the same event.