By Marty Gordon
Blacksburg High School claimed both the boys and girls titles at Saturday’s Blacksburg Invitational. The boys’ team tallied 114 points to second place Pulaski’s 100. Glenvar was third with 50 points and Christiansburg finished fourth with 51 points.
Radford finished sixth in the boys’ competition with Auburn eighth and Eastern Montgomery twelfth
On the girls’ side of the field, Blacksburg totaled 142 points to Glenvar’s 76 and Christiansburg’s 61. Floyd was fourth at 59 with Auburn finishing in eighth place and Eastern Montgomery winding up in eleventh place.
Radford’s David Woodward claimed the long jump field event with a leap of 20.75. Teammate Elliott Grayson was third.
Christiansburg’s Tyrique Taylor won the boys’ discus with a mark of 155’ 2”. Woodward finished fifth.
Grayson followed up his long jump finish with a first in the high jump at 6’ 6”. Woodward also took the triple jump at 43’ 6.” Grayson was fourth.
Taylor finished third behind teammate Ayden Conley who had a throw of 49’ 1”.
Daniel Graham led the boys’ 110-meter hurdles for Auburn while Blacksburg’s Conner Rutherford led the 1,600 meters to the line. Bruin runners also took positions three through eight in the event.
Andy Vaughn of Auburn took the pole vault at 11 even, and Blacksburg’s Linden Ambrose finished second at 10’6”.
Christiansburg’s Lawson Mecom rolled to the boys’ 3,200 meters with a time of 9:53.96.
The Eastern Montgomery 4X800 relay team of Alec Elkins, Camre Sampson, Greg Richardson, and Lance Elkins took second in the event as Floyd finished first.
Blacksburg was first and third in the 400 meters as Ben Hager led the group to the tape. Isaac Shimozono gave the Bruins a top finish in the 200 meters. The Christiansburg 4X400 meter relay team of Spence Conner, Braid Beckner, Donald Richardson and Jonah Bremner finished in first place.
Blacksburg dominated the girls’ competition, doubling up second-place Glevnar.
Blacksburg’s Amy Fugate finished third in the girls’ long jump with a mark of 16’3.5”. Christiansburg’s Madelyn Moles was fourth.
Auburn’s Haley Hollins continued her dominance in the shot put with a throw of 38’5.75”. Her teammate Kenzie Swicewood was fourth. Hollins also won the girls’ discus with a mark of 113’8.5”.
Christiansburg’s Madelyn Moles sailed to a mark of 12’0”in the pole vault to give the Blue Demons a first place. Blacksburg’s Maggie Zier and Sarah Duetsh were second and third with Auburn’s Kylee Turman fourth.
The Blacksburg competitors finished two through five in the girls’ high jump. Blacksburg’s Katja Kehlenbeck was second and Christiansburg’s Blythe Akers was third.
Christiansburg’s Hannah Parker won the 3,200 meters with Blacksburg’s Ele Norton second.
Blacksburg dominated the girls’ 100-meters with first (Sophia Krouscas) and second (Maggie Zier). Christiansburg’s 4X100 relay of Madelyn Moles, Summer Hamlin, Leila Hale, and Lilli Shepherd finished first.