Central girls, Battle boys claim Region D team track titles

Dave Ongie • May 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

COEBURN — Logan Reynolds couldn’t keep the girls’ 100-meter dash record in the family, but that’s about all that went wrong for Reynolds and her Wise Central teammates at the Region D track and field meet Saturday.

Reynolds was edged out in the 100 by Virginia High’s Teonna Austin, who ran a 12.48 to break a meet record previously set by Reynolds’ aunt Crystal back in 1987.

But Reynolds did manage to win the 200 dash along with the long jump and the triple jump to help the Lady Warriors claim the team title. Central beat runner-up Gate City 104-78.

“My 100 time was a lot better than what I was originally running,” Reynolds said. “I would have liked to have come out on top, but she had an amazing race. We pushed each other.”

John Battle came away with the boys’ team championship thanks in part to Brad Swiney, who also broke a longstanding meet record. Swiney posted a time of 9:43.30 in the 3,200 — shattering the old mark of 9:58.44 set by Jason Sprouse in 1986 — and also won the 1,600 with relative ease.

The Trojans edged Thomas Walker 93-72 for the title.

For the Lady Warriors, Saturday’s win was a defense of last year’s team title, and coach Robin Dotson attributed it to a total team effort as well as a strong start in the field events.

“I’ve got some good girls,” Dotson said. “And Logan’s Logan. She racks up a lot of points.

“They’ve worked hard. Glad to see them come out on top.”

Reynolds helped get the ball rolling with her two wins in the field events. She also added a fourth-place result in the high jump and a fifth-place finish in the shot put.

“As a team, we’re pretty solid,” Reynolds said. “Everybody contributes. We’re pretty tough.”

Kristen Osborne took the discus title and Sidney Jackson came away with a win for Central in the 300 hurdles. Jackson also finished fifth in the 100 hurdles and ran on the 4x400 team that finished second to Gate City.

Thomas Walker standout Cody Cain had a huge day as well. After missing last year’s meet because of injury, Cain showed up 15 pounds lighter than he was last season and it paid dividends.

Cain won the 100, 200 and 400 along with the high jump. The senior also scored a runner-up finish to J.I. Burton’s McKenzie Blair in the triple jump.

“I didn’t think the times would be as good as what they were because it’s kind of cold out and rainy,” Cain said. “But I’m proud of how everything went.

“To come out and run like I have been, it’s been a relief.”

Cain wasn’t able to break his own meet record in the 200, but Nik Huffman of Virginia High bested his Region D marks in the discus and the shot put.

Huffman’s discus throw of 173-8 easily outdistanced the record of 158-8 he achieved in 2011. And while his distance of 57-11½ in the shot put fell short of his personal goal of 60 feet, Saturday’s effort was still better than the mark of 55-10½ he reached last at last year’s regionals.

“I threw all right,” Huffman said. “I started with a 57 and came back with a 57. After those two throws, I started going for it. I had nothing else to lose. I was looking for that 60 mark.”

In other girls action, Caitlin Emond of Rye Cove won the 3,200 with a time of 13:38.35, and Jordan Houseright of Gate City won the shot put by a wide margin over Morgan Hall of Grundy.

Gate City’s Robbie Hicks won the boys’ long jump and 300 hurdles, and ran a leg for the Blue Devils squad that won the 4x400.

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