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Chargers turn in personal-bests at the State meet

by Larry Chowning

The boys and girls Middlesex High School track teams had no one place but several Chargers registered personal best performances at the State Group A meet at Radford University on Saturday.

Lady Charger Brittin Payne had a personal best throw in the shot put (32’6”) and finished 11th overall in the state meet. Leigh Harrow had a personal best in the 1,600 meters (6:03.79) and finished 19th. She also finished 22nd in the 3,200 meters (14:00.63).

In boys track, sophomore Ridge Ellis had two personal best times, finishing 9th in the 1,600 meters (4:47.04) and 13th in the 800 meters (2:08.79). Malik Green finished 11th in the 400 meters with a personal best time (52.19). Cullen Johnson tied his personal best time in the 800 meters (2:17.82).

Greg Robinson finished 26th in the 300-meter hurdles (48.03), and Robert Lemon was 20th in the long jump (19’1”).

The Chargers finished last in the championship heat of the 4x400 meter relay but it was the best race of the day for the Chargers.

“I could not have been prouder of these boys and girls who competed for Middlesex,” said Coach Joel Anderson. “I can see a very bright future for Middlesex track and field.”

MHS girls coach Johann Odom said this year’s team was “very young” but added that “we will be graduating several seniors.” The seniors include Shannon Bristow, Bianca Rios, Nila Robinson, Keeley Vollmer and Kabri Young.

“These young ladies did a wonderful job in leading our youth and setting good examples of sportsmanship and helping to demonstrate how to be track athletes,” said Odom. “The future looks good for our program and we are looking forward to developing a fine group of young ladies into a high-performing winning team.”

Radford scored 67 points to win the boys state title, and James River scored 62 points to win the girls state title.

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posted 06.05.2013

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