BIG STONE GAP — Wednesday's annual South-West Insurance Relays at Bullitt Park brought together athletes from across Southwest Virginia.
The competition was fierce and the performances outstanding.
Wise Central's Logan Reynolds and Gate City's Morgan Gose went head to head during this past basketball season. On Wednesday, while they only competed against each other in one event, they again were the toast of the town.
Reynolds, the defending state champion in the long jump, captured three events during the meet. She won the long jump (17-0) along with the 100 (12.89) and 200 meters (27.25).
Because of her playing for the Lady Warriors softball team, Reynolds' victory in the long jump was her first attempt at the event this season.
"That was my first long jump since winning the state last year," said Reynolds. "I was never over 17 feet this time last season so I'm happy with today's results."
Gose also captured three individual events. She won the high jump (5-0), ran a time of 16.16 to win the 100 meter hurdles and then came back with a time that surprised her in the 300 hurdles.
Thinking she'd not run well in the 300s, Gose actually had a season-best time of 48.91 in the race.
"I felt so stiff out there in the 300s," said Gose. "Truthfully I was just trying to get through the race."
Wise Central's Sidney Jackson gave the Lady Warriors a sweep in the jumps with her personal best 32-9 in the triple jump. An adjustment to her steps prior to the meet produced the desired result.
"I had to rethink my second phase," said Jackson. "I needed to make that second step higher and stretch out more. Once I got that straightened out everything else fell into place. All my phases were the same length so that's the key to getting my longest jump ever."
Lee's Houston Sage won both the boys 110 meter and 300 hurdles with times of 15.98 and 44.02, respectively.
"It was a good day," said Sage. "I always start the season off slow. Today's time in the 110s was good. For the 300 time to come down I just have to work more and get into shape to run them."
Other outstanding performances included Wise Central's Kayla Mulkey winning the 1,600 meters (5:53.19) and Lebanon's Mary Easton running a 62.72 to capture the 400 meters.
Thomas Walker's Justin Greer took the boys long jump with a leap of 20-2 and J.I. Burton's Alex Key won the triple jump at 40-8. Ervin Beaty cruised to a win in the 100 meters with a time of 11.37.comments powered by Disqus