Warren County’s Cunningham places fourth in shot put at 3A state meet
HARRISONBURG — Cor’shauna Cunningham completed an all-state weekend on Saturday.
The Warren County junior finished fourth in the girls’ shot put in the Group 3A state track and field championships. Cunningham placed fifth in the girls’ discus on Friday night at the day event. The top eight in every event earn all-state and a medal.
“It was good,” Cunningham said of her accomplishments.
Cunningham had a throw of 35-10.50 in the shot put, but said it wasn’t what she was hoping for.
“It was not my best throw, but I tried hard,” Cunningham said. “I didn’t too bad. I did decent. I try not to get mad at myself.”
In the discus she threw a 113-03 to finish fifth.
Skyline’s Sabrina Wilkins used a surge at the end of her race to earn all-state honors and finish eighth in the girls 3,200 race in a time of 11:53.58.
“That last kick I just had to go all out for it, because I really wanted to medal,” Wilkins said. “I had to push it out.”
Wilkins held the lead on the first of the eight-lap race. Slowly she dropped back, but then made a final push on the last lap.
The freshman was in eighth going into the final lap, but Blacksburg’s Emily Fitch began to close in on her. Eventually they both caught up with Western Albemarle’s Grace Rainey and Fitch then pulled away into seventh. Coming down the final stretch, Wilkins was able to pass Rainey to pick up eighth.
“At the beginning I was very confident in myself and I thought I could push it out, but I didn’t,” Wilkins said. “I needed to pace myself. Then I was thinking in my head that I need to find a pace that fits me and not just trying to win, because I don’t want to run out of breath. But then the whole pack got in front of me and then I fell behind and I got very frustrated at myself.”
It was only the third race of the year for Wilkins, who also played soccer for the Hawks this season. She said she only ran in the last meet of the regular season and in regionals last week.
“That’s very surprising,” Wilkins said of her success on the track. “I didn’t think I would make it this far, because I didn’t train at all. I just played soccer. I didn’t go to any practices.”
Landon Holben had quite the busy day Saturday. The Skyline senior graduated in the morning and then went to the state meet and finished 14th in the boys 400-meter dash (52.34).
“I graduated about 11:30 and got down here about 1,” Holben said. “I’m glad I came down. It was definitely something I had to think on, just because I wasn’t sure how long graduation would take. It turned out OK.”
Holben said he was the top male in his senior class, so he couldn’t miss graduation, but he also really wanted to perform at the state track meet.
The Hawks have a young team and Holben said he’s tried to be a good role model for the rest of the squad.
“I’m happy with what I’ve done,” Holben said. “Definitely being one of the only seniors this year, it’s definitely been more of a leadership role this year. I’ve been the 400 guy for four years now. We’ve got some good young kids that I’m hoping I’ve rubbed off on a little bit.”
On Friday, Skyline sophomore Colette Salyers placed seventh in the girls’ discus with a throw of 112-06.
Warren County’s Sierra Sharp, Taryn Post, Autumn Deutsch and Diamond Maldonado placed eighth in the girls’ 4×100 meter relay (52.43).
Warren County’s quartet of Nichole Rittgers, Kyra Treutlein, Carlene Viers and Rebecca Ranney placed 10th in the 4×800 meter relay (10:51.81)
Skyline’s Jordan Price was 14th in the boys 800-meter run (2:08.70).
Warren County’s D.J. Staton was 14th in the boys 3,200-meter run (10:29.93).
Warren County’s R.J. Kenney was 13th in the boys discus (128-06), while Skyline’s Tucker Fortney was 14th (128-03).
Phoebus won the boys’ meet with 85 points.
Blacksburg won the girls’ state title with 90 points. Warren County was tied for 15th with 10 points, while Skyline was tied for 25th with 3 points.