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On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!--Eagles Place in Second Track Meet at Byrd

By Ethan Ellis--Eagle Staff Writer

The Eagle track team participated in their third meet of the regular season on May 24th for the second of two meets at William Byrd High School. The Eagles had several athletes on both the men’s and women’s teams place in the meet as time winds down for athletes to qualify for the regional meet on June 12.

“This was another great meet to get some more times in and it allowed our runners to compete in other running events to match up against the region times. We had some stand out times and personal best,” Chris Renick, head coach, summarized.

In the boys' 100 meter dash, sophomore Azariah Smith led the Eagles as he finished third with a time of 12.06. Smith was followed by teammates junior Jamerise Holland in fourth, freshman Tristan Wright in seventh, senior Greyson Hunziker in 17th, and freshman Nicholas Whitening in 19th.

Freshman L’Oreal Board was the lone entry for the Lady Eagles in the girls' 100 meter dash and finished seventh with a time of 14.25.

Runners take off from the starting blocks in the girls' 200 meter dash. (Photo by Ethan Ellis)

The Lady Eagles showed up later in the day, though, as the 4x800 relay team which consisted of juniors Kylie Cooper, Caroline Horne, and Addison Shorter, and freshman Julianne Bowman made history by breaking the school record for this race with a time of 10:11. These students were the only girls' team entered in the event.

The boys' 4x800 meter relay team also saw success in the form of a win. The team, which consisted of Nathan Atchue (10), Parker Chapman (10), Ethan Ellis (12), and Roman Ciulla (12), beat out the Northside relay team with a time of 9:05.

In the 4x400 meter relay, the boys’ team, consisting of Holland, Atchue, Gaskins, and Hunziker, placed second in the event with a time of 3:51.

In the girls' 100 meter hurdles, senior Angelina Spade finished third with a time of 20.51 and was the only Eagle entered in the event. Junior Neville Gaskins finished third for the boys with a time of 17:14.

The 1600 meter run saw victories for both Franklin County teams. Chapman led a 1-2 finish in the event with a time of 4:52, followed by freshman Kyle Roach in second, and junior Josh Mills in sixth.

Freshman Virginia Price won the girls' event with a time of 6:02 over Horne in third and sophomore Marianne Alcorn in fifth.

The next event Eagles participated in was the 400 meter run, which no Lady Eagles entered. Atchue finished second with a time of 52:80 and was followed by senior Nicholas Werger in sixth and sophomore Kadin Smith in eighth.

The second hurdle event of the day was the 300 meter hurdles. Senior Hailey Vanover placed fifth for the Lady Eagles with a time of 1:05. Gaskins claimed the boys' victory with a time of 42:55.

The 800 meter run saw yet another win by Franklin County; Shorter won the girls' event with a time of 2:29 and was followed by Bowman in fourth.

Roach led the boys' team in the 800 as he finished second with a time of 2:17 over Mills in third, Ciulla in fourth, Ellis in fifth, and junior Matthew Richmond in 11th.

The Lady Eagles continued their dominance into the 200 meter dash. Cooper won the event with a time of 25:76 ahead of Board, who finished sixth.

Wright was the lone entry for the boys' team in the event and finished sixth with a time of 25:27.

The longest event of the day, the 3200 meter run, was the next event on deck. Sophomore Natalie Davis was the lone Eagle in the race teamwide, placing third with a time of 14:03.

Athletes race down the Backstretch in an event at William Byrd High School. (Photo by Ethan Ellis)

Spade led the girls' team in the discus throw as she threw for a distance of 69-06 and was followed by freshman Halie Cundiff in eighth.

When it came time for the boys to have their throws, senior Alex Bowling led a Franklin County sweep of the top three positions with a throw of 132-00 and was followed by senior Bryson Chrisman in second, Holland in third, Hunziker in seventh, and freshman Avery Hodges in 13th.

The boys' team continued their success into the shot put event as Bowling won the event with a throw of 42-02, beating out teammates Chrisman in third, and Hodges in 14th.

Spade entered in the event on her own and placed fourth with a throw of 25-00.

In the high jump, Board won the girls' event with a height of 4-04.

Holland won the boys' event with a height of 5-08 and was followed by Smith in fifth. Sophomore Greyson Strachan finished runner up as he was able to achieve a height of 7-06.

Through the team's viewed celebration from this meet, some athletes were forced to cheer their peers on from afar.

“We are working through mid season injuries for a few athletes, but with one more meet to go, everyone is making that last chance push to get a region spot,” said Renick.

In the end the Lady Eagles finished third, finding themselves 48 points behind Byrd in first (82 points) and Northside (56) in second place. William Fleming (30) was fourth in the meet.

The boys' team once again claimed victory with 83 points over Byrd (74). Fleming and Northside tied for third with 30 points each.

The Eagles next meet will be on June 1 at Northside High School for their last regular season meet of the year.

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