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Castlewood boys, Burton girls take Cumberland District track titles

KEVIN MAYS, Times-News Sports Correspondent • May 10, 2017 at 10:51 PM

NOTE: A scoring error discovered after the completion of Wednesday’s Conference 48 track meet resulted in J.I. Burton being declared the boys’ team champion. Originally, Castlewood was listed first with 122 points, followed by Burton with 118 and Eastside with 114. Following the sighting of the error, which was self-reported by the Blue Devils’ coaching staff, the Raiders finished first with 118 points. Eastside was second (116) and Castlewood third (114).


COEBURN — Castlewood did not win the final event of Wednesday’s Cumberland District track and field championships but finished well enough to win the district title.

The Blue Devils and J.I. Burton entered the final event of the championships, the 4x400 relay, tied with 114 points apiece. Eastside won the event on its home track at Alumni Stadium. But it was Castlewood that came away with the team trophy after finishing second in the relay, two spots ahead of defending district champion J. I. Burton in the race to take a 122-118 win over the Raiders. Eastside finished third with 114 points.

“It feels pretty good,” Castlewood senior Trey Phillips said. “Nobody expected us to win this except for our coach and team members.”

Phillips was one of four Castlewood athletes to win an event in the boys’ championships. Phillips took the individual win in the shot put early in the day and then had to sit and watch his team battle it out with Burton and Eastside throughout the rest of the meet.

“It’s nerve wracking to sit up and there not be able to do anything. But we did it. It was a great team effort,” he said.

Castlewood got wins from Jacob Baker in the 200, Dawson Hall in the 800 and Zachary Owens in the 1,600.

Burton finished second despite winning six events in the competition. Senior Raymond Hoskins took four individual victories, winning the 110 hurdles, the long jump, the high jump and triple jump. Hoskins matched his career best 6-4 in the high jump, which carried him to a second-place finish in the’ Group A state championships last season.

“I’m ranked first in the region right now in the high jump, and I want to win the region and then win state. I’d really like to win state in my senior year,” said Hoskins.

In the girls’ championships, Akyssa Bollinger took wins in the 100 and 200, and Lydia Blair-James won the high jump and triple jump to lead Burton to the district title. Kacie Culbertson won the long jump to add to the Lady Raiders’ wins.

Twin Springs’ Lenora Dingus won both the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Burton finished with 164 points to outdistance second-place Rye Cove, which scored 108 points, and third-place Eastside, which finished with 93 points.

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