Tide, Devils post high finishes

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By Staff Reports

Galax and Grayson County earned five scoring finishes each at the Buffalo Invitational track meet Friday at Floyd County High School.

Grayson’s Tyler Pauley and the Maroon Tide’s Darian Brown placed in two events each. Pauley took home a pair of third-place finishes, in the 400 (53.60 seconds) and the 1600 (4:53.92) while Brown was third in the high jump (5-8) and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.06).

The Blue Devils’ Mary Beth Cunningham had the highest finish among Twin County athletes, placing second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:36.38, and she also ran a leg on the fifth-place 4x800 relay team, along with Olivia Wyatt, Jessica Ponce and Hayley Reavis. 

Emma Wyatt finished fifth in the 800 (2:38.74) for Grayson County.

Jamie Mohr had a fifth-place effort in the shot put with a throw of 28 feet, 10 inches and Megan Boyles finished sixth in the 1600 meters, posting a time of 5:49.94. Dustin Matthews placed fifth in the 3200 for the Galax boys with a time of 10:36.33. Matthews, Boyles and Brown all recorded personal bests, with Boyles and Matthews qualifying for regionals with their times.

Jennifer Laws (3200), Matthew Horton (3200), Ethan Jones (3200), Hannah Jones (800), Zamir Echeagaray (shot put) and Julian Elmasry (300 hurdles) all posted personal best times or distances during the meet.

George Wythe accumulated 74 points and won the boys’ team championship with ease over runner-up Radford (49). William Byrd (47), Hidden Valley (34) and Fort Chiswell (30) rounded out the top five boys’ teams in the 20-team event. Grayson County and Galax placed 17th and 18th, respectively.

For the girls, William Byrd was the team champion with 81 points, topping Pulaski County’s 63. They were followed in the top five by Bassett (49), George Wythe (48) and Hidden Valley. Grayson County tied for 12th and Galax placed 13th in the 15-team field.