Generals place sixth in girls 4×800 relay

Stonewall Jackson's Hayley Gibson runs in the Group 1A girls 4x800 relay. The Generals placed sixth in a time of 11:16.59. Tommy Keeler/Daily

RADFORD – Stonewall Jackson’s girls got some momentum on the first day of the Group 1A state track and field meet at Radford University.

The Generals placed sixth in the 4×800 relay, which is where they were seeded. Haley Bennett, Brandy Webb, Hayley Gibson and Angela Misquith ran the relay in 11:16.59.

“I’m really happy with it,” Gibson said. “We felt like a lot of girls really pushed for that place, so we were happy.”

There were two delays over the course of the day, which made it tough on the participants. The 4×800 relays were condensed from two or three heats into just one for the Group 1A and 2A girls races, and the 1A boys race.

“It was definitely tough to get ready, especially because we were out there and we didn’t know what time we were running,” Gibson said. “I think we got it together and we got ready on time. The ability to get stuff done is what helped us today.”

Stonewall Jackson’s Isaac Blank finished tied for sixth in the high jump (5-10).

Stonewall Jackson’s Wade Banks qualified for the 110-meter hurdles finals, which take place today.

The Generals have plenty of reasons to be excited about today’s meet. Stonewall Jackson finished sixth as a team in the Region 1A East meet last week.

Webb is seeded fifth in the 1,600-meter run. Gibson is seeded fifth in the 400-meter dash and second in the 800-meter run. Misquith is seeded third in the 300 hurdles.

The Generals are the top seed in both the boys and girls 4×400 relay.

“I’m really excited. We got a lot of girls competing tomorrow,” Gibson said. “Most we’ve had in a long time. We’re all really excited. We’ve got a lot of girls ranked in the top five, which is awesome – scoring points.”

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