Central’s Jimenez has big day

Strasburg's Elijah Waters, center, won the high hurdles event at Wednesday evening's track meet in Strasburg. Central's Donivan Armstrong is pictured at left. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – Central’s Coy Jimenez was just happy to be back out on the track as the Falcons participated in their first meet of the season, a quad meet at Strasburg on Wednesday. Jimenez missed most of last season with a foot injury, and made the most of his return to the track on Wednesday.

The Central sophomore won the 100-meter dash and the 400-meter dash to help lead the Falcons to a second-place team finish.

Jimenez only participated in one meet last year as a freshman before suffering a hairline fracture in one of the bones in his left foot.

“It’s very nice. It’s very good to be back. I’m very happy about that,” Jimenez said. “… Just trying to get back is a little bit difficult, but I’m pushing through it.”

In Central’s first meet of the season Jimenez had a strong showing by winning the 100 with a time of 11.50, and the 400 with a time of 53.30. he also placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 113-01.

Central's Kyle Clanton, left, Coy Jimenez, center, and Jacquari Hayes, right, run in the 100 meter dash during the track meet at Strasburg on Wednesday evening. Jimenez won the event. Rich Cooley/Daily

He said he wasn’t feeling his best, but was happy to get a couple wins.

“All in all I’m happy about the day,” Jimenez said. “… I’m looking forward to competing against myself and trying to get my times better. I think it will be much better throughout the season.”

Sherando won the boys meet with 83 points, just edging out Central (81). Strasburg was third with 52 points, followed by East Rockingham (43).

East Rockingham won the girls meet with 65 points, followed by Central (62), Sherando (58) and Strasburg (43).

Sherando got a big boost in the boys meet from the 3,200-meter-run. Sherando’s Trevor Whiteside (9:58.20), Thomas Shea (10:01.80) and Thomas Powers (10:07.90) finished first, second and third respectively. They also had regional qualifying times.

Sherando's Allison Combs placed first in the shot put during Wednesday's track meet at Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

Jacquari Hayes won the triple jump for Sherando with a leap of 21-00.00. The Warriors also won the 4×100 relay with a time of 46.90 from Hayes, Joel Wyaland, Jo Jo Doleman and Forest Limon.

Sherando’s Isaiah Allen won the shot put with a throw of 43-11.00.

“I thought we did a real good job,” Sherando coach Tom Grim said. “I saw some good things out of some kids, and I saw some things we need to improve on. It was a good day overall.”

Sherando was missing some of their top girls due to a fashion show at the school, but still had several winners. Ania Summers won the 100-meter dash (13.10), and the 200-meter dash (27.90). She also finished fourth in the long jump (14-05.25).

Summers said it wasn’t her best times, but she was still happy with how she did. She said she was feeling a little pain in her legs before the 200, but was able to overcome it.

Central's Tamra Scott placed second in the shot put during the track meet Wednesday at Strasburg High School. Rich Cooley/Daily

“I tried to do a good warmup and make sure to alleviate some of that pain,” Summers said. “… My main goal was just to try my best. I felt pretty confident and comfortable.”

Sherando’s Allison Combs won the shot put (32-05.00), Alora Dennis won the 400-meter dash (1:05.50) and Paige Conner won the 1,600-meter run (5:43.60). Sherando’s Dennis, Evelyn Gibson, Jateya Alsberry and Olivia Brown also won the 4×400 relay (4:54.00).

Strasburg’s Elijah Waters had an impressive day in his first meet of the season. Waters won both the 110-meter hurdles (15.10) and the 300-meter hurdles (41.20). He also placed second in the long jump (19-07.00). He said both times in the hurdles were personal records for him.

Waters was strong in the 100 hurdles last year, placing fourth in the Group 2A state meet, and the junior may be just as strong in the 300 hurdles this year.

“(Strasburg hurdles coach) Coach (Glenn) Proctor’s been conditioning me like crazy, so I knew I wasn’t going to get tired,” Waters said. “That gave me a lot of motivation. I used to come out at about 90 percent out of the blocks, so I had something the last half. Now I come out at 100 and maintain it the whole way.”

Strasburg's Rachel Funkhouser placed third in the shot put event. Rich Cooley/Daily

Strasburg’s Josh Runion won the discus with a throw of 130-07, while Adam Gordon won the triple jump (39-00.50). On the girls side, Strasburg’s Rachel Funkhouser won the discus with a throw of 115-08. Funkhouser finished second last year in the Group 2A state meet in the discus.

Strasburg’s 4×100 relay team of Kelsey Jenkins, Grace Davis, Cassie Cooper and Brooklyn Amrich won with a time of 56.00.

“We had an alternate in there too, so were pretty excited about that. That we were able to do that,” Strasburg coach Emily Brandon said. “They did a great job. The girls really practiced well. They’ve been working hard all week. I’m glad we had Brooklyn Amrich as our anchor, and she really took it home for us.”

Central’s Brooke Ryman won the long jump (15-05.25) and the triple jump (31-09.00).

“Brooke Ryman – she’s coming along. She works hard in practice,” Central coach Rick Lytton said.

Sherando's Ania Summers wins the 100-meter dash. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central’s Lexi Keller won the 800-meter run (2:25.20). Keller along with Madison Nichols, Madison Pence and Monica Martinez won the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 11:45.10.

Lytton said he was very happy with how Central’s freshmen performed in their first meet. One of those freshmen was Kyle Clanton, who won the 200-meter dash (23.90).

Central junior Ian Pugh won the high jump with a leap of 5-04.00. Central senior Wyatt Robinson won the 800-meter run (2:11.30) Central’s Clanton, Jimenez, Robinson and Carston Shockey also won the boys 4×100 meter relay (3:42.30). Central’s Robinson, A.J. Crider, Sawyer Lucy-Speidel and Mason Lucy-Speidel won the 4×800 meter relay (9:04.80).

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