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Anderson leads Lady Chargers to 8th place finish at state meet

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Middlesex’s Lane Anderson displays her gold medal for winning the state championship in the shot put. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School Lady Chargers finished eighth as a team in the Virginia 1A state championships on Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1, at East Rockingham High School in Elkton.

The Lady Chargers were paced by sophomore Lane Anderson, who won the shot put with a throw of 38’5”.

Anderson is the current MHS school record holder. In May, Anderson broke the school record going back to 2008 held by Ashae Burnett (37’4”) with a throw of 37’9”. A week later Anderson shattered her own MHS record with a toss of 39’10”.

“I am very proud of Lane on her state championship accomplishment,” said MHS coach Joel Anderson. “She had lost to two of the top four finishers during the season so she had a lot of pressure to perform. Which she did! We have high expectations for the next two years with her and this whole team.”

Katherine Campbell was state champion last year in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. The MHS junior finished fourth this year with a time of 50 seconds. Lydia Blair-James of John I. Burton High School won the 300 hurdles in 48.93.

Last year, in pouring rain, Campbell ran a 48.79 time to win the state title. Last year she also ran a leg on Middlesex’s state champion 4x100 meter relay team.

This year Campbell also finished eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles (18.24), 16th in the long jump (14’7.25”), and 14th in the triple jump (29’6.5”).

The Lady Charger 4x800 meter relay team finished fourth with a time of 10:59.93. The race was close all the way to the finish line as Auburn won the event (10:44.42), West Point was second (10:55.14), and Galileo was third (10:58.66). The MHS 4x800 meter team was composed of Hannah Cannon, Katie Brooke, Katherine Richards, and Sarah Baker.

Baker also scored in the 1600 meters by finishing seventh (5:52.02). She finished 11th in the 800 meters (2:44.31). Freshman Hailey Smith of Lancaster won the 800 meters in 2:24.23.

Anderson picked up a point for the Lady Chargers in the discus with an eighth place finish (100’8”).

Patrick Henry won the girls team competition with 114 points; Auburn, second, 102; West Point, third, 77; Lancaster, fourth, 48.5; Parry McCluer, fifth, 44; Chilhowie, sixth, 39; John I. Burton, seventh, 28; Middlesex, eighth, 24; Rappahannock, ninth, 16; Altavista Combined School, tenth, 15; Rural Retreat, 11th, 13; George Wythe, 11th, 13; Riverheads, 13th, 12; Northampton, 13th, 12; Surry, 13th, 12; Grundy, 16th, 11; Holston, 16th, 11; Rappahannock County, 18th, 10; Galileo, 19th, 9; Galax, 20th, 8.5; Eastern Montgomery, 21st, 8; Castlewood, 21st, 8; Charles City, 23rd, 5; Hurley, 23rd, 5; Sussex Central, 23rd, 5; Northwood, 23rd, 5; Windsor, 27th, 4; Stonewall Jackson, 28th, 2; Narrows, 29th, 1; and Bland County, 29th, 1.

posted 06.06.2019

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