Rams, Falcons split county meet titles
By Jeff Nations
WOODSTOCK — Central High School’s boys track and field team left Wednesday night’s Shenandoah County Meet toting an impressive championship trophy after scoring narrow victory over rival Strasburg in the team standings.
Turns out, that trophy might be a time share after meet officials discovered a scoring error shortly after the awards ceremony. Instead of a two-point win by the Falcons, host Central and Strasburg finished tied for the boys championship with 92 points apiece.
The girls meet held the final result after the rescoring, caused when some Warren County athletes were inadvertently tallied in the county meet scoring. The Wildcats competed, but as a separate dual meet with Central. Strasburg won the girls meet with 92 points, with Stonewall Jackson taking second with 80.
Central’s Justin Bauserman turned in another stellar effort as he claimed the boys’ High Point Award after winning 110-meter hurdles (15.80 seconds), 300 hurdles (44.30) and the long jump (19 feet, 6 inches). Bauserman also ran the closing leg on the Falcons’ winning 1,600-meter relay, a victory as it turned out that gained the tie for Central.
Stonewall Jackson’s Ashton Davis piled up the points for the Generals in the girls meet to earn High Point Scorer. Davis won the 200 (26.90), 400 (1:00.70), long jump (14-10) and triple jump (32-05).
“It was just a good day for her,” Stonewall Jackson coach Dick Krol said. “It’s a good track and her times were good in everything she ran. She didn’t do as well in her jumps, but nobody did today.”
Strasburg’s girls relied on a strong scoring punch from its throwers. Taylor Showalter led a 1-2-3 finish for the Rams in the discus with a winning throw of 110-10, and McKenna Orndorff won the shot put (33-11) as one of three Strasburg throwers in the top four in that event.
The Rams also got an individual win from Morgan Carter in the 3,200 (12:36), and Strasburg’s 400 relay of Brooklyn Amrich, Jasmine Cook, Makayla Cook and Cassie Cooper took first in 55.30. Strasburg also picked up a win in the 3,200 relay (12:10) with the quartet of Isabelle Miller, Kelsey Jenkins, Payton Miller and Monique McGough.
Strasburg coach Jeff Rudolph knew his boys team faced a tough task against the Falcons.
“We knew we had to counterbalance the [Justin] Bauserman points and the [Josh] Gum points in the throws,” Rudolph said. “We knew that coming in, and I’m proud of everybody for stepping up and getting points, especially in the sprints.”
Individual winners for Strasburg included Cody Price in the 100 (11.70), Cody Darr in the 400 (52.00), Max Middleton in the 3,200 (10:40), and Matthew Clutter in both the high jump (5-8) and triple jump (38-06.25).
The Rams’ 400-meter relay of Cody Darr, Tyrek “Papoose” Steed, Michael Conley and Colton Funk also set a new Shenandoah County Meet record with a winning time of 45 seconds, and Strasburg’s 3,200 relay of Timothy Wallis, Austin Bartley, Eric Steacy and Nathan Hershey also picked up a win in 9:38.
Central countered with a 1-2 punch in the throws, where Josh Gum won the shot put (41-09) and Travis Cooper finished second, while Cooper won the discus (142-03) and Gum took second in that event.
“I think we’ve decided that Travis is going to concentrate on the discus,” Central coach Rick Lytton said. “Josh has also come a long way in the discus and both of them can be explosive in that event.”
The Falcons’ quartet of Carston Shockey, Jonathan Feaster, Daniel Molina and Bauserman added that closing win in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:38.40.
Stonewall Jackson took third in the boys meet with 30 points, just ahead of Massanutten Academy (28).
For the Generals, Andrew Roy had a big day with wins in the 800 (2:07) and 1,600 (4:52), and Derrick Smith tied for first in the 200 and was second in the 400.
“We just don’t have enough depth anywhere,” Krol said. “And where we’re weak, we don’t get anything.”
Massanutten got a win from Damoni Gunter in the 200 (24.10), and Thomas Lloyd added seconds in both the long jump and triple jump with personal-best efforts.
“He increased dramatically in the long jump and triple jump,” Colonels coach Shedrick Washington said of Lloyd.
In the girls meet, Central took third with 45.5 points and Massanutten was fourth with 20.
Joining Davis as an individual winner for Stonewall was Angela Misquith in both the 100 hurdles (18.20) and 300 hurdles (51.40). The Generals’ Cheyenne Crigger, Rosie Clifton, Amanda Dotson and Brandy Webb combined to win the 1,600 relay (4:24.50).
Central got wins from Bethany Neri in both the 800 (2:36) and 1,600 (5:44).
“She had a very good meet last Friday at Stonewall Jackson,” Lytton said of Neri. “We can look to her and Lexi Keller and Heather Landes for scoring this year.”
Keller chipped in with a victory in the high jump (4-8).
Massanutten’s Selah Applin won the county title in the 100 (13.50).
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