Jimenez leads Falcons to Bull Run boys track title
STRASBURG –This time it was Coy Jimenez’s turn.
The Central junior and his teammate Kyle Clanton have been going back and forth this season in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. Last week Clanton got the better of Jimenez, but in Wednesday’s Bull Run District meet it was Jimenez’s time to shine.
Jimenez won the 100, 200 and was second in the discus to lead Central to the boys Bull Run District team title.
“That was a goal of mine coming in — to beat him,” Jimenez said of Clanton. “But competing with him is always my favorite part of track to be honest. He’s the only one that can really push me and make me better, and I push him and make him better. So it’s a win-win for both of us, being on the same team.”
Jimenez won the 100 with a time of 11.20, while Clanton placed third with 11.29.
In the 200, Jimenez won with a time of 22.65 with Clanton second in 22.99.
Jimenez, who was named the Boys Outstanding Performer in the meet, finished second in the discus with a throw of 129 feet and 8 inches.
Strasburg’s Ryan Day won the discus with a throw of 136-02.
Day, who has a top throw this year of 144-10, said it wasn’t his best day but he was happy to take first.
“It’s pretty awesome to know that I had a pretty bad day but still won,” Day said. “This meet is a pretty good confidence booster for sure. Little meets like this just add up until the grand finale at the end.”
Day placed third in the shot put with a throw of 44-10.
Warren County’s Cor’Shauna Cunningham won the girls shot put with a top throw of 37-06. The junior was also second in the discus with a throw of 114-06.
Cunningham was challenged by Central’s Tycara Scott (35-01) in the shot put, and said it was good competition.
“She’s really good,” Cunningham said of Scott. “I have to believe in myself and that I can out-throw her.”
Central’s Kila Watson won the girls discus with a throw of 117-00. Central’s Watson placed third (34-05), Tamara Scott fourth (33-10) and Janiya Brown fifth (33-00) in the shot put.
“(Throws coach) Mike (Yew) said that the girls throwers had a very good day,” Central coach Rick Lytton said. “So they’re coming along. They’re peaking at just the right time.”
Brooke Ryman won two events for Central by winning the girls long jump (15-11.50) and triple jump (32-11). The junior said she was sick on Tuesday and was worried she wouldn’t perform as well as she would have liked.
She said she was happy to come away with two district titles.
“It feels pretty good. It really does,” Ryman said. “I was second last year, so it was really nice winning first this year.”
Central senior Saxon Franklin won the boys long jump with a leap of 21-00.
Warren County’s D.J. Staton (10:31.71) used a strong kick at the end to beat Central’s Sawyer Lucy-Speidel for first in the boys 3,200 meter-run.
Warren County also swept the 4×800 meter relay on both the boys and girls side. Warren County’s Nate Brown, Bailey Grant, Jaydon Halter and Staton won the boys event in 8:45.58.
Warren County’s Rebecca Ranney, Nichole Rittgers, Kyra Treutlein and Carlene Viers won the girls 4×800 relay in a time of 10:46.51.
In the boys 110 and 300 hurdles, Warren County’s Evan Fox placed second. Fox had a time of 17.38 in the 110 hurdles and 44.46 in the 300 hurdles.
“He’s a senior. He keeps getting better,” Warren County coach Joseph Owens said of Fox. “I think he’s hitting his stride. It’s fun to see him having a really good season, such a good kid. He really deserves it. He works hard, nice to see him do well.”
Strasburg’s Stephen Kloosterman finished second in the boys triple jump (40-05) and high jump (5-10).
Central’s 4×400 relay team of Jimenez, Carston Shockey, Franklin and Clanton, won with a time of 3:28.74.
Central won the boys meet with 115 points, followed by George Mason with 99. Warren County was fourth with 61 points and Strasburg was fifth with 54.
George Mason won the girls meet with 138 points, followed by Clarke County (97), Central (61) and Warren County (60). Strasburg was sixth with 36.5 points.
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