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Reed, Ellis both finish 2nd at state track meets

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Middlesex High athletes competing in the State 1A track meet at Radford University last week included, front row from left, coaches Jamie and Anne Somerville, Zinnie Reed and coach Lee Anderson; and back row, Tanner Johannsen, Tarik Audain, Leigh Harrow, Britten Payne, Kaleb Wake, Ridge Ellis, Jacob Self, Simon Urban and Jasmine Faucett.

by Larry Chowning

Members of the Middlesex High School girls and boys track teams won eight medals at the Virginia 1A state track meet on June 6-7 at Radford University.

Junior George “Ridge” Ellis broke a long-standing Middlesex High School record in the 1600 meters run with a time of 4:29.11, placing second overall in the race. The race was won by Cliff Conley (4:27.79) of Galax High School.

Ellis also ran a leg on the MHS 4 x 800 meter relay team that finished eighth. The Chargers ran a time of 9:15.46. Tarik Audain, Tanner Johannsen and Jacob Self also ran legs on the relay.

For the Lady Chargers, Zinnie Reed captured second place in the shot put with a throw of 36’3.25”. Shanequa Holden of Essex High School won the event with a toss of 37’5.25”.

Middlesex’s Brittin Payne took fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 33’1”, and seventh place in the discus with a throw of 86’3”.

MHS senior distance ace Leigh Harrow finished sixth in the 1600 meters (5:47.04), and Jasmine Faucett finished sixth in the discus (86’6”).

“It was an awesome meet for the kids and the parents, and the weather for running and throwing was great,” said MHS boys coach Joel Anderson. “The kids worked hard all week and showed up when it mattered. We had a terrific support group with all the parents showing up and being so helpful, plus it made for a large Middlesex cheering section.”

The MHS girls finished 11th in the state with 21 points. George Wythe won the team competition with 79 points.

The MHS boys finished 20th overall with 9 points. Auburn High School won the meet with 75 points.

posted 06.11.2014

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