By Tessa Jones and Erin Walker
Post season is here! Last Friday James River’s track team headed to Roanoke College in Salem to compete against the other 2a Region C teams. The competition was tough, but the Running Knights earned several firsts and competed very well overall. The meet gave the runners a glimpse of the competition they will be facing at states next week.
The meet started with the 4x800 relay, and our boys and girls teams competed well and both placed in the top three. The boys team, consisting of Daniel Holter, Camden Powell, Anthony Etzler and Cole Miller ran an amazing time of 8:54.24, earning them 3rd place. The girls team, made up of Katelyn Wiley, Kayla Meyers, Catherine Amos and Abbagail Link ran a season’s best time of 10:36.40, winning them 2nd place. The girl’s 4x800 relay team has consistently placed in the top three all year and continued their streak at regions.
Next up was the 55 meter hurdles and while the distance is short, the race is anything but. Evan Akers, a sophmore, ran a 10.39 and placed 8th overall for James River. Charlie Stein, also a sophomore, ran a season’s best of 11.29, placing 9th. Holly Hylton and Nikki Kirk also ran hurdles, both placing in the top five. Hylton placed 3rd and ran a season’s best of 10.52. Kirk also ran a season’s best, placing 4th and running a time of 10.76.
After the hurdles was the 55 meter dash. Many of River’s athletes ran their season’s best, and everyone competing placed top five for both the boys and girls teams. Isaac Worsley almost broke 7 seconds, running a time of 7.01. Gabe Sebastino ran a time of 7.44. Erin Walker won the 55 for the girls, running a season’s best of 7.71. Rachael Hix ran a 8.49. Hix is the top placed sophomore in the region for 55 meter dash.
After the 55 meter dash, the 4x200 teams took the track. The girls 4x200 team, consisting of Erin Walker, Rachael Hix, Morgan Marshall, and Katelyn Wiley. The girls earned their best time this season at regions, running a 1:54.34, placing 2nd overall. The boys team ran a time of 1:45.18, earning them 4th overall.
Next up was the 500 meter dash. The 500 is a hard race for anyone, but the Running Knights pulled out many season bests and top places. Owen Krisnitski ran a time of 1:19.52, placing 5th. Daniel Holter came in at 1:19.68, placing 7th. Charlie Stein ran a 1:29.45, and all of the boys ran a season’s best. Holly Hylton, a freshman, was the only girl from River running the 500. However, she made sure to make some noise, running a seasons best time of 1:30.24 and winning 2nd place.
After the 500 comes the 1000 meter run. The 1000 is 5 laps around the track at Roanoke, a hard race to run (and a lot of laps to remember!) The Running Knights make it work though, with all the boys placing in the top five. James Voight came in at 3:16.35, earning him 11th place. Jacob Hill, a sophomore, ran a time of 3:25.44, winning him 12th place. Catherine Amos and Tessa Jones competed for the girls. Amos ran a time of 3:38.77 and Jones ran an incredible time of 3:46.26, a seasons best.
Next up was the 300 meter dash. Only three of River’s runners ran the 300, with Gabe Sebastino running a time of 43.75 for the boys and placing 18th. Morgan Marshall ran a time of 47.22, placing 8th overall. Erin Walker ran a seasons best time of 44.67, winning the 300 meter dash for the Knights.
The 1600 meter run was next, and is eight laps around the track. It’s a difficult race and not many people can do it, but don’t tell that to Abbagail Link and Kayla Myers. Both girls ran a seasons best time, with Link running a 6:04.81 and Meyers running a 6:10.19. Camden Powell also ran for the Knights, running a blazing speed of 5:27.36, a time which earned him 9th place.
The last running event of the day is the 4x400 relay. When many people have already left, the James River girls are warming up for their run. They ran a seasons best time of 4:52.40, winning them 4th place.
While all the running events were commencing, the field events were fully underway. In high jump, Katelyn Wiley jumped an incredible 4’8”, winning her 2nd place and qualifying for states. This season is the first that Wiley has high jumped, and it is evident that she is an all around athlete who can adapt to any event. Owen Krisnitski also high jumped a 5’4”, placing 5th overall. This is also Krisnitski’s first season high jumping, and his talent is undeniable.
In the long jump, Isaac Worsley jumped a 17’10.7”, a great jump that earned him 7th. Morgan Marshall also jumped for the Knights, placing 3rd with a jump of 14’4”.
In the triple jump, Isaac Worsley jumped 38’6.5”, a seasons best which earned him 3rd place. The girls really pulled it out in the triple jump, with Katelyn Wiley jumping a 35”, winning her 1st place. Rachael Hix jumped a seasons best of 30’11.2”, winning her 6th place and Morgan Marshall jumped a 24’7.25”, earning the 9th place title.
In the boys shot put, Logan Williamson, a senior, threw a length of 47’9” which earned him 4th place. Nathan Farris also threw for River, throwing a 31’8”, placing 18th place.