By Erin Walker and Tessa Jones
Last Wednesday, January 9th, the Knights traveled to Roanoke College to compete in the Roanoke College Maroons High School Invitational against seventeen other teams. Some of River’s biggest rivalries, including Glenvar High School, Lord Botetourt, and Auburn, were at the meet, ensuring a strong performance from all of the athletes as they faced the same competition that they would race against in the region and state meet.
The meet kicked off with the 4x800 meter relay. The Knights placed third with a strong start from Katelyn Wiley as the first leg of the race. She handed off to Kayla Myers, who then handed off to Tessa Jones, who passed off the baton to the anchor, Abbagail Link. They finished with a time of 10:57.48, a season’s best time.
Next ran the 55 meter hurdles. Entered in this race was Catherine Amos, Reagan Hester, and Holly Hylton. Amos ran 11.93 seconds, a season’s best, and took seventeenth place. Hester ran 10.74 seconds, earning her eighth place. Hylton ran 11.67 seconds, taking sixteenth place and running a season’s best time.
The 55 meter dash took to the track after the hurdles, with Rachael Hix and Ella Wright running for River. Hix ran 8.62 seconds and placed eleventh with a season’s best time. Wright ran 8.69 seconds, placing twelfth with a season’s best time.
The 4x200 meter relay was next up with Rachael Hix, Ella Wright, Morgan Marshall, and Erin Walker running for the Knights. The relay placed second with a time of 2:01.18.
The 1600 meter run was next with Kayla Myers and Abbagail Link as the only entries for the Knights. Myers ran 6:19.57, placing tenth with a season’s best time. Link ran 6:12.08, earning her ninth place.
The 500 meter run was after the mile with Bridgette West and Holly Hylton of River displaying strong performances. West ran a season’s best time of 1:33.44, placing ninth. Hylton also ran a season’s best time of 1:34.72, placing eleventh.
Next, the 1000 meter run was on the track with Katelyn Wiley and Catherine Amos running for River. Wiley ran a season’s best time of 3:29, running a state qualifying time and a second place finish. Amos also ran a season’s best time of 3:37.09, placing fourth.
Following the 1000, the 300 meter run took to the track. Erin Walker, Rachael Hix, and Morgan Marshall competed in this event for the Knights. Walker ran 45.43 seconds, running a season’s best time and placing fifth. Hix ran a season’s best time of 50.18 seconds, placing 16th, and Marshall also ran a season’s best time of 46.81 seconds, earning her eighth place.
Finally, the last event of the day, the 4x400 meter relay, was cleared for takeoff. Running for the Knights was Brenna Alls, Tatum Martin, Bridgette West, and Katelyn Wiley. The ladies ran 4:38.96, placing fourth.
Throughout the meet, jumping events took place on the inside of the track. Rachael Hix and Morgan Marshall both triple and long jumped for River. Hix long jumped 12-10 feet, a season’s best jump, and placed tenth, while Marshall also long jumped a season’s best jump with 13-7, placing eighth. Hix triple jumped a season’s best jump with a length of 28-0.25, placing ninth. Marshall triple jumped 30-9.75, also a season’s best, and placed sixth.
The boys team also had a great meet last Wednesday, with Evan Akers kicking it off for the boys in the 55m hurdles. He ran a season’s best time of 10.37. Akers continues to improve with every run!
Next up for the Knights was the 55 meter dash with Ian Hester, Gabe Sebastino and Kahlique White all competing for James River. White ran a time of 7.64 and placed twenty-sixth, while Hester ran a season’s best with a time of 7.02 and placed fifth. Sebastino also ran a season's best with a time of 7.46 and placed nineteenth overall.
After the 55 meter dash was the 4x200 relay, comprised of Hester, Akers, White and Sabastino. The boys proved that this was a winning combination and ran a time of 1:43.9, winning their heat and taking fourth place overall.
In the boy’s 1600m run, Anthony Etzler and Camden Powell both competed for the Running Knights. Etzler ran a 5:16.69, winning him tenth place overall. Powell was right behind him, running a time of 5:20.25 and winning twelfth place overall.
Next up was the 500 meter dash, a close race for the James River boys. Owen Krisnitski and Akers both competed, staying with each other the whole way and both running season’s bests. Akers ran a time of 1:20.04 while Krisnitski ran a time of 1:20.36, placing them in eleventh and thirteenth place.
After the 500 meter was the boy’s 1000 meter run: five laps around the track. River had three people compete in the 1000: Daniel Holter, James Voight and Jacob Hill. Holter ran a time of 3:06.59 and placed eleventh overall. Voight, a freshman, ran a time of 3:21.95 and placed twenty-third overall. Hill also competed for River and ran a time of 3:34.69 and placed thirty-first.
Following the 500 meter was the 300 meter dash and in it for River was Hester, Sebastino and Kahlique, all running season’s bests. Hester finished ninth overall with a time of 39.85. Sebastino finished with a time of 41.95 and White finished with a time of 43.26.
To finish off the running events, Holter, Hill, Voight and Krisnitski ran the boys 4x400 relay. The boys ran a time of 4:20.43 and finished eleventh overall, a solid place and time.
The James River throwers had a successful Wednesday at Roanoke College also. Logan Williamson won first place with a throw of 49-04.25. Deacon Paivanas threw 41-11.5 and placed fifth overall. Jeremiah Albert won seventh place and threw 39-10.00.
River’s jumpers also gave amazing performances last Wednesday at the Maroon HIgh School Invitational. In high jump, Krisnitski jumped a season’s best of 5 feet, winning him seventh place. In long jump, Hester jumped a length of 17-04.75, while Isaac Worseley and White jumped 16-02.5 and 14-10.00. Lastly in triple jump, Worsley jumped a season’s best of 36-00.75 and Hester jumped a 34-00.25, earning them fourth and ninth place.