Gibson leads Generals at tri-meet
QUICKSBURG — Hayley Gibson had a very busy day, and she made the most of it.
The Stonewall Jackson junior won the 400- and 800-meter runs and anchored the second-place 4×400 relay team in the Generals’ home tri-meet with Wilson Memorial and Page County on Wednesday.
Gibson rallied in the 800 to pass Wilson Memorial’s Emma Harrison in the final 100 meters to win with a time of 1:04.16.
“The last 100 or so I just really wanted to be No. 1,” Gibson said. “[The last 100] I just kind of told myself that ‘you have to push til the end. If you want to go, you’ve got to go then. It’s time to go.'”
Gibson set a new PR in winning the 400 with a time of 1:04.16. She beat teammate Angela Misquith (1:08.28) for the win.
“The 400 they really just wanted me to go easy, and I actually ran a one second PR, which is great. I’m just kind of training and pounding every day and trying to get better.”
The Generals placed second in the 4×400 relay, but dropped more than two seconds off their area-leading time with a 4:31.43. Gibson, Brandy Webb, Carolin Bigwood and Misquith stayed close to Wilson Memorial throughout the race.
“[The 4×4 relay] is [good] and could get better if we do some work. We’ll see how it goes,” Stonewall Jackson coach Dick Krol said.
The Generals finished second in the girls meet with 37 points, while Wilson Memorial won with 100 points. Page County was third with 22 points.
In the boys meet, Wilson Memorial won with 95 points. Page County was second with 38 points, while Stonewall Jackson was third with 30 points.
Olivia Marshall was the only other winner for the Generals as she won the discus with a throw of 96-01.
Webb finished second in the 1,600-meter run, behind Wilson Memorial’s Natalie Prye. Webb ran the 1,600 in a time of 6:02.14.
The sophomore said she’s been happy with how she’s done so far this year.
“Last season I didn’t take it as seriously as I needed to,” Webb said. “This season I’m really pushing myself, because last season I missed states by a little bit — and that’s not good enough. I want to try to do my best.”
Stonewall Jackson freshman Destiny Neff is also having a strong season. Neff was in the 200, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
She finished second behind Wilson Memorial’s Camaryn Blumears in the 200 with a time of 28.47.
“I was kind of sore, so it was hard to push through at the end,” Neff said of the 200. “It feels good to get close to the top, because before I was not that good. It felt great.”
Neff also finished third in the 100 hurdles (19.41) and third in the 300 hurdles (55.22). She was also fourth in the triple jump (27-11.50).
“She’s done extremely well,” Krol said of Neff. “She does great. She’s a natural. She can do a lot of good things.”
On the boys side, Derrick Smith led the way for the Generals. Smith finished second in the 100 (11.47) and in the 400 (53.41). Wilson Memorial’s Julian Edwards won the 400, and Juh-Kwquan McCauley won the 100.
Smith was neck-and-neck with Edwards until the final 100 meters as Edwards began to build a small lead and Smith couldn’t catch up.
Smith, who also placed third in the 200 (24.07), said it was a little colder out than he would’ve liked. The senior said he likes to use the meets during the week to get ready for bigger meets.
“I just look at it as another day of practice, because it doesn’t mean too much,” Smith said. “It’s a day to face different competition and get better.”
Wade Banks placed second in the 300 hurdles (46.78) and the high jump (5-08) for the Generals.
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