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Reynolds roars in Conference 40 track and field meet

May 22nd, 2014 12:21 am by George Thwaites

Reynolds roars in Conference 40 track and field meet

Lee High's Houston Sage won the 110 and 300 hurdles in Wednesday's Conference 40 track and field meet. The Region 2A West meet will be held at Five Star Stadium in Ben Hur on May 31.

BEN HUR — The quickness of Wise Central's Logan Reynolds is common knowledge in Southwest Virginia. But her raw speed rarely gets tapped to its full potential on a basketball court or a softball field.

In Wednesday's Clinch Mountain Conference 40 track and field championships at Lee High, she took her wheels out for a spin.

Reynolds logged state qualifying times in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, also qualifying in the long jump as she took the gold in all three events.

Because of the time she devotes concurrently to softball and basketball, Wednesday was only the second time this season she had sprinting spikes on her feet.

"My starts aren't that great but I finish pretty good," said Reynolds, who logged a 26.84 in the 200 and clocked a 12.9 in the 100. "My favorite is the 200. The curve — I love it. The last bit I'm kind of sucking air. But other than that, I enjoy it."

Her explosive acceleration in the curve of the 200 was more dramatic than one might expect of a kid who'd only sprinted full bore one prior time this spring. It looked downright daunting.

Reynolds is a well-rounded athlete, however. And it wasn't her first rodeo.

"I'm very active throughout the week and I'm stretching before everything. I just have to get out here before the race and get stretched, because if you pull a hammie, it could be bad news," said Reynolds, who cleared the bar at 5-0 to take an unrehearsed second-place finish in the high jump.

In both sprints, Reynolds showed Virginia High speedsters Teonna Austin and Briana Simpson a gear they hadn't seen in conference competition this season.

Similarly, she leapfrogged the Lady Bearcats' Chelsea Butler and Alayah Eccleston in the long jump with a 16-9.

Team-wise, the 2-3 finishes added up to successive 14 point windfalls for Virginia High. Combined with Austin's win in the triple jump, the 4x100 relay, Conseula Franklin's discus victory, Meta Grayson's 3,200 win and a stealth 18 additional long-distance points, the Lady Bearcats sealed the girls meet title with 143 points.

Gate City finished second with 129 despite the Lady Blue Devils' getting the points they expected

Jordan Houseright got the bid rolling with her winning throw of 37-0 in the shot put. Kaely Gose won the high jump with a leap of 5-2. Big sister Morgan Gose momentarily put the Lady Blue Devils in the team lead with her field-smoking 15.83.

"I think at the Times-News I ran a 16.7. So that's a big difference. I felt more explosive that time. It was the best start I've had. It was like attacking it," said the Gate City star hurdler,  who went on to win the 300s with a winning time of 49.41. "I've been practicing a lot with the hurdles. I think that's helped me."

Giving an additional points boost to those state-qualifying performances was a 1-2 finish in the 800 by Hannah Kilgore (2:41.90) and Chloe Lane.

"This is the first time Chloe has run this with me. I told her to stay on my heels, stay on my heels. And she pushed me, too. So it helped us both," said Kilgore, who joined Lane and sisters Sarah and Rachel Kilgore on Gate City's winning 4x800 relay.

All three Kilgore sisters combined with Kaely Gose to finish the meet strong with a state qualifying win in the 4x400 relay (4:31.01) in spite of the team victory being placed out of reach after the 3,200.

John Battle won the boys meet with 119 points, led by wins in the 800 and 1,600 from Brad Swiney, a win in the 3,200 by Nathan Galliher and a win in the long jump by Levi Cox.

Victory was sealed by John Battle's meet-ending win in the 4x400 relay. That win was nearly disqualified due to a Trojans infraction that was subsequently ruled offset by a similar infraction committed by Virginia High, which stood to win if the Battle relay got DQ'ed.

Toure Fudge, Noah Walker and Austin Tabor led the Bearcats with wins in the 400, the high jump and triple jump, respectively. Virginia High also won the 4x100 relay.

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