Stonewall girls place third in meet
RADFORD –Stonewall Jackson had a young girls track and field squad this season, but showed on Saturday that youth can still lead to plenty of success.
The Generals finished third (41 points) in the Group 1A state track and field meet held at Radford University.
“I’m very proud of Stonewall this year,” Stonewall Jackson senior Hayley Gibson said. “We have a lot of girls and boys here this year, and it’s an awesome change from being the only athlete that scored last year to having tons of athletes score this year. It’s awesome.”
Gibson, who has committed to running for Radford University in college, is the only senior on Stonewall Jackson’s girls squad.
The Generals had two second-place finishes in the girls meet.
Stonewall Jackson junior Angela Misquith placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (48.51) and teammate Brandy Webb was second in the 1,600-meter run (5:50.71).
It appeared Misquith might win the state title in the hurdles, but she fell down as she was crossing the finish line in a tight battle against Auburn’s Maddie Wright.
“I was so focused on moving forward, I moved too forward,” Misquith said with a smile.
Misquith was seeded third entering the state meet, and broke her personal record by almost two seconds.
“The sun went away (as the race started), and usually it drains me. So I was glad that was gone,” Misquith said. “…I felt like I was floating on the first 100, and I was gliding over the hurdles.”
Webb was seeded fifth in her race coming in, and was in fifth place as the final lap started Saturday.
The junior made a charge toward the front, and passed three competitors in the last lap. She was able to hold off Northumberland’s Rain Equiguren for second place at the finish.
“I’m really proud,” Webb said. “I knew it was going to be hot. When I run in the heat, I usually don’t perform as well as I can. …I’m really proud that I could push myself.”
Gibson finished third in the 400-meter dash (1:01.89) and fourth in the 800-meter run (2:30.12).
“The 400 I think went really well,” Gibson said. “I ran a 61, which is a new PR. I’ve been really working to get there for a long time.”
Gibson didn’t have the best start in the 400, but made a big surge over the last 200 meters to finish second.
“I was really behind, and I was like ‘it’s now or never. This is one of your last high school races. You got to bring it on now,” Gibson said.
Stonewall Jackson freshman Autumn Smith was sixth in the 400 with a time of 1:02.58.
The Generals placed second in the 4×400 relay. Stonewall Jackson’s relay team of Misquith, Carley Bennett, Webb and Smith finished with a time of 4:23.07.
“I’m proud that we dropped three seconds from our previous PR,” Misquith said. “…I’m very happy. The girls did great.”
Stonewall Jackson’s boys 4×400 relay team placed third in a time of 3:33.86. On Friday, Stonewall Jackson’s Isaac Blank gave the boys team a boost by placing tied for seventh (5-10) in the high jump.
On Saturday, Stonewall Jackson’s Wade Banks finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.89). The Generals finished 17th in the boys meet with 9.75 points.
Auburn High School won the boys and girls Group 1A meets. The boys finished with 128 points, while the girls team had 92.
Stonewall Jackson coach Dick Krol said he was very pleased with both the boys and girls teams.
“We had a pretty good day. I can’t complain,” Krol said. “We were never strong all year, but we said in big events we could possibly do better and we have. I think everybody, but maybe Isaac (Blank) had a personal best in everything they’ve done. So you can’t ask for more than that.”
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