Tide boys 4th at region track

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Conley earns MVP honors for Galax

By Staff Reports

RADFORD –– Led by an MVP performance by one of its individuals, Galax will send its largest contingent to the state track and field meet in more than a decade, while Grayson County brought home an individual championship in its region meet.

In what coach Tony Quesenberry labeled “an incredible day” for his program, the Maroon Tide earned one region title, three runner-up finishes and earned points in 11 events at the Region 1A West championships Saturday at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium.

Galax earned a fourth-place finish in the boys’ team standings with 57 points, seven behind the third-place showing by Patrick Henry-Glade Spring. Host Radford won the boys’ team championship with 140 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Auburn’s 85. Thomas Walker (39), J.I. Burton (36), George Wythe (32), Rural Retreat (30), Haysi (26) and Chilhowie (22) rounded out the top 10 in the 22-team standings.

Clif Conley of the Maroon Tide was named the meet’s most outstanding male performer after racking up 29.5 team points with three runner-up finishes and running a leg on a title-winning relay team. He and teammates Matthew Horton, Isaac Jordan and Dominic DiGiacomo claimed the region championship in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 8 minutes, 53.58 seconds, nearly 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Auburn.

Conley set a new school record with his 800-meter time of 2:03.73, though it was three seconds off the pace of region champion Matthew Farmer of Rural Retreat. The defending 1A state cross country champion also placed second to Farmer in the 1600 and was second in the triple jump while tying for fifth in the high jump.

Dustin Matthews finished fourth in the 3200 meters and the Maroon Tide got fifth-place finishes from DiGiacomo in the 800 and Jeremy Jennings in the 110-meter hurdles.

The boys’ 4x400 relay team of Horton, Jordan, DiGiacomo and Tate Haga placed sixth.

Two Maroon Tide girls earned podium finishes and Jamie Mohr placed fourth in the shot put and Megan Boyles finished fifth in the 800.

All will compete this week in the Group 1A championships at R.U.

2A West

In the Region 2A West championships at Lee High in Jonesville, Emma Wyatt and Mary Beth Cunningham each placed in two events, including a 1-2 finish in the girls’ 1600 meters. Cunningham posted a winning time of 5:49.71 to take the region championship, with Wyatt close on her heels with a runner-up time of 5:53.27.

The two also placed in the 800, led by the runner-up showing by Wyatt. Her time of 2:31.17 wasn’t enough to catch James River’s Anne Grumbine, but she held off Floyd County’s Hannah Belshan by less than a second for the No. 2 spot. Cunningham placed fifth in the event with a time of 2:36.49.

Virginia High won a tight battle for the girls’ team championship with 80.5 points, edging Gate City by three points. James River (71), Marion (61) and Giles (56.5) rounded out the top five. Cunningham and Wyatt’s effort was enough to give the Blue Devil girls a ninth-place finish in the 23-team girls’ standings.

Marion took the boys’ team title by nearly 20 points over Chatham, with James River, Floyd County and Martinsville completing the top five.

4A North

Carroll County didn’t qualify any individuals for the Group 4A state meet but the Cavaliers had some mid-pack finishes in the regionals at E.C. Glass High School.

Cavalier junior Kenzie Marshall was ninth in the 1600, freshman Sydney Haynes placed 10th in the 3200 and Sami Reece was 12th in the discus for the Carroll County girls.

For the boys, Samuel Haynes was 11th in the 3200 and Cameron Lawson finished 16th in the discus.

E.C. Glass easily swept the team competitions. The Hilltoppers finished with 105 points to runner-up King George’s 63 in the girls’ standings and the Glass boys won the team title by 92 points – 151 to 59 – over Fauquier.