Blacksburg boys, girls win conference track

Christiansburg’s Zion Lewis cleared 6-00 to capture second place in the high jump.

Blacksburg make it a clean sweep in Conference 32 track championships Wednesday with team wins by both the boys and girls teams. The boys’ team had the easiest route to the title, outdistancing second place Cave Spring 220 to 120. Christiansburg finished third with 113 points at meet held at Hidden Valley High School.

The girl’s side of the track was a little tighter as the Lady Bruins had to hold off Christiansburg for a 169 to 168 team win.

Ben Fleming led the way for the Bruins as he won the 3,200 and 1,600. Meet records were rewritten by Blacksburg’s Cole Beck in the 100 with a time of 10.79, and Solomon Ghosh with a discus throw of 147 feet.

Blacksburg also got first places from Brad Shelton in the shot, Thomas Coffey in the 110 and 300 hurdles and Jack Packard in the 400.

Jared Simpkins gave Christiansburg a first place in the pole vault with a 13-0 marks. Charlies Skutt of Blacksburg was second.

Christiansburg’s 4X800 relay team of Alex Watty, Cooper Neeble, Tyler Kuchan and Ethan Mills would roll to the boys win.

Zion Lewis would give Christiansburg another tile in the long jump with a 20-10 mark.

Alec Henderson finished second for Christiansburg in the shot put behind Shelton. Henderson would also finish second in the discus behind Ghosh.

Blacksburg would have the top three finishers in the 110 meter hurdles as Coffey led teammates, Ryan Stanaland and Sterling Sims.

The Lady Bruins would not have the trophy until the last event of the day. They would take the 1,600 relay with a new conference record of 4:12.91.

Blacksburg’s girls team also had first places by Ailene Edwards in the 1,600 and 800, Annie Kay Combs in the 3,200, Stephanie Gardner in the 300 hurdles and Katie gabbard in the pole vault.

Christiansburg’s Amber Hall and Cassidy Cromer second and fourth were squeezed between three Blacksburg pole vaulters. Blacksburg’s Julie Walsh was third and Carly Hopkins fifth.

The Lady Demons would make things interesting, winning the top two spots in the 100 meter hurdles with a 1-2 finish by Kendall Lewis and Kaylyn Cromer. Amber Hall would also pull in a fifth place for CHS.

The Christiansburg 4X100 relay team would also find the line for first place. Also, Blacksburg and Christiansburg would be 1-2 in the boys 4X400 meter relay.

The Lady Bruins dominated the 3,200, taking the top eight spots with Combs leading teammates, Emily Fitch, Simonne Guenette, Kaitlyn Wolfe, Sophia Link, Eliza Stowe, Ailene Edwards and Samantha Marin to the tape.

Blacksburg would take the girls 4X800 meter relay final with Christiansburg in tow, and claim first through fifth places in the 1600 meter run.

Next up for BHS and CHS teams is the 3A West Region meet at Fluvanna HS next Thursday.