Rams earn titles at regional

ELKTON — Rachel Funkhouser overcame some nerves and produced a Region 2A East title in the discus on Wednesday.

The Strasburg junior, who entered the meet as the top seed, threw a top distance of 114 feet, 9 inches to win her first regional title in the meet held at East Rockingham High School.

“I was really nervous. Honestly, I knew the competition was going to be a little bit more advanced,” Funkhouser said. “I had to come in ready to throw, and did some warmups with [Strasburg throws coach] Tommy [Simmons]. Tommy really helped me through it.

“I’m really glad I threw the way I did.”

Funkhouser wasn’t the only Rachel from Strasburg to win a region title. Strasburg’s Rachel Tischler won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11 minutes, 44.52 seconds.

Tischler got out to the early lead and won the race by 32 seconds. The top seed in the event scratched.

“It’s definitely different,” Tischler said of running with a big lead. “There’s not a lot of distraction in front of you. So it’s all inner spirit and strength. I think I did a good job today. I’m happy with it.”

Tischler also placed third in the 1,600 (5:32.92).

In the discus, Funkhouser said she had some stiff competition from Brunswick’s Accura Morgan, who had an early lead. However, Funkhouser was able to top her in the preliminaries, and then threw the 114-09 early in the finals for the win.

She also had competition from teammate Hannah Keane, who finished third (104-07).

“I felt really good,” Keane said. “I usually have problems with consistency. … I was just really glad that I was consistent today. I didn’t PR, but got third and I’m proud of that.”

Strasburg’s Cody Darr was second in the 200 in a time of 22.34, which was a new PR.

“I’m really happy with that,” Darr said. “It felt like a good race. I like the competition. It gives you more of a reason to push yourself even further, see what you can do.”

Stonewall Jackson was led by Hayley Gibson, who placed fourth in the 800. Gibson finished behind three runners from Maggie Walker.

“They’re really good,” Gibson said. “I just had to know that you can’t pace off of them, and just run your own race and that’s what I tried to do out here today.”

Strasburg’s Brooklyn Amrich was fourth in the girls 400 in a time of 1:03.71. Strasburg’s Elijah Waters was fifth in the boys 300 hurdles (42.98). In the boys discus, Strasburg’s Josh Runion finished fifth (131-00) and Hunter Riley sixth (130-08). Riley was also eighth in the shot put (43-10.50).

Stonewall Jackson’s Derrick Smith placed seventh in the 100 (11.66).

The Rams finished eighth in the girls meet with 37 points. Maggie Walker won with 135. Stonewall Jackson was tied for 20th with 6 points.

Strasburg placed ninth in the boys meet with 24 points, while Stonewall Jackson was tied for 24th with 2. Maggie Walker won the boys meet with 154 points.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com