Central’s Ryman earns silver, Strasburg’s Day bronze in Day 1 of 2A track meet

Brooke Ryman

ELKTON – Central High School junior Brooke Ryman and Strasburg senior Ryan Day both snagged a piece of motivation for the second day of the Virginia High School League Group 2A state track and field championships on day one at East Rockingham High School on Friday evening. But each had a different reason for doing so.

Day, the top seed entering the meet in the boys discus, ended up in third place in the event on Friday, while Ryman exceeded her own expectations by placing second in the girls long jump.

Ryman, who was seeded fourth in event, grabbed the silver medal with a leap of 16 feet, 6 inches, 3.5 inches off the winning mark set by Marion’s Callee Cox.

“I came in really confident today and with a positive attitude because last weekend (at the Region 2A East championships) I didn’t do my best and I was like I’ve just gotta shake it off and use that as practice for today,” Ryman said. “And I came in feeling really good. My warm-ups were on and everything, and today it just sort of clicked. My height and my distance just clicked together and it really helped. It really worked.”

Ryman, whose best jump on Friday was five inches shy of her seeding mark, will return to the pits on Saturday to take part in the girls triple jump. She enters as the seventh seed in that event.

Ryan Day

“It’s definitely given me confidence for triple tomorrow,” Ryman said. “I’m ready for triple tomorrow, definitely.”

Day, competing in the discus for the final time in his high school career, was less enthusiastic about his bronze-medal finish in the boys discus. Day, who won a Conference 35 championship and was the regional runner-up in the event over the last two weeks, topped out at 140 feet, 8 inches on Friday.

He finished behind Buffalo Gap’s Charles Weatherman (146-10) and John S. Battle’s Jonathan Haderer (142-09).

“I really was expecting to PR today. I really wanted one,” said Day, whose best mark was a 145-06 entering the meet. “But all the cards just didn’t line up. This is my last season, man. I just expected to do better than what I did.

“Today my nerves were fine because I’ve already been here once because of the regional meet. So my nerves were fine. They just weren’t going as far as they should’ve been. I’m not really sure what’s wrong with it.”

Day will return on day two to compete in the boys shot put, an event he’s won at the Conference 35 and Region 2A East championships already this season.

“That’s gonna be fueling the flames, I know that for a fact,” Day said. “Because I can get aggressive in that circle.”

Joining Day and Ryman with all-state (top eight) performances on Friday were Central’s Tycara Scott (girls shot put), Kila Watson (girls shot put), Kyle Clanton (boys long jump), Saxon Franklin (boys long jump), Coy Jimenez (boys discus) and the Falcons’ boys 4×800 relay team.

Scott placed fourth in the girls shot put with a heave of 36 feet, 2 inches, while Watson tied for fifth place with a throw of 35-07.

Clanton, the top seed in the boys long jump, placed fourth in the event with a leap of 20-08.75. Franklin (20-06.00) was seventh, as was Jimenez (129-04) in the boys discus.

Central’s boys 4×800 relay team – consisting of Carston Shockey, Sawyer Lucy-Speidel, Colin Bradley-Connolly and Mason Lucy-Speidel – placed eighth.

Jimenez also qualified for the boys 100-meter dash final on Saturday with a time of 11.06 seconds in Friday’s trials, the third-fastest time.

Clanton, who entered Friday as the third seed in the boys 100 and has been in tight competition with Jimenez all season, false started during the trials and was disqualified. Clanton ran the seventh-fastest time in the boys 200 trials to qualify for the finals after entering the day with the event’s fastest seed time.

Strasburg’s Elijah Waters, last year’s Group 2A 110-hurdles champion, qualified for Saturday’s finals in the event after running the second-fastest time on Friday. His mark of 14.95 seconds was 0.17 seconds slower than Kyle Biller of Page County.

In the Group 1A competition, Stonewall Jackson didn’t have any medal winners on Friday but did have a couple athletes qualify for the finals in the boys and girls 200-meter dash and another qualify in the 110 hurdles.

Generals senior Kaelan Sorrells ran the fifth-fastest time in the boys 200, while junior Destiny Neff claimed the eighth and final spot in the girls 200. Junior Wade Banks placed fifth in the boys 110 hurdles preliminaries to advance to Saturday’s finals.

The second and final day of the Group 1A/2A state meet will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday at East Rockingham High School.