CULPEPER – Sabrina Wilkins hasn’t been running in the 800-meter run for very long, but she’s been a quick learner.
The Skyline junior won the Class 3 girls 800-meter run on Monday in only her third time running the event.
Monday’s Northwestern District Track and Field Championships combined both the Class 3 and Class 4 schools. After each event, the results were divided by classification.
Wilkins was running against the top Class 4 runners from the district as well as her own classification. She led for the first of the two-lap race before being passed by Millbrook’s Kaycee Cox-Philyaw. Wilkins finished second in the race overall in a time of 2:24.32. Warren County’s Kyra Treutlein was second in Class 3 in the race (2:34.94).
“I felt pretty good,” Wilkins said. “The first lap was real slow and I could have picked it up a little more. But once (Cox-Philyaw) got in front of me it helped push me more.”
Wilkins, a standout cross country runner at Skyline, said that she started the season running longer distance races, but they decided to try her in the middle distance races and it has worked out well.
“I realized I can run shorter distance races faster,” she said. “So I’ve been running in the 400 and the 800, and I really like it.”
Skyline swept the 800-meter races on Monday as Jordan Price won the boys race in a time of 1:59.88.
Price also raced against all the top Class 4 runners, and he was able to outrun all of them, just beating Fauquier’s Nick Matthews by 31-hundredths of a second.
“I’ve run against Class 4 kids before,” Price said. “I ran against Matthews at (the Handley Invitational) and he beat me there. And I saw him again here, and I thought he was going to beat me again. But today I guess I canceled the odds out. It’s good to know that I beat the (Class 3) and (Class 4). I don’t like to rub it in anyone’s faces but I did appreciate the win.”
Makayla Grant had a busy and productive day. The Warren County sophomore won the 400-meter dash (1:03.53). She said that it helped her that she had already run in the 100-meter dash and placed second in that event (13.52)
“It was my personal best,” Grant said of the 400. “I felt really calm at the line since I had already ran a race. So I just got out hard at the beginning, came around the curb and gave it all I got until the finish.”
Grant also finished third in the 200-meter dash (28.15). She was sixth in the long jump (14-04.50).
Skyline’s Aaliyah Chunn won the girls high jump with a leap of 5-00. She also was fourth in the long jump (14-06.50) and fifth in the triple jump (31-03.00).
Warren County’s Rebecca Ranney won the triple jump (39-03.50). Warren County coach Joe Hall said he was pleased with her performance.
“That was a surprise,” Hall said of Ranney. “She’s a tremendous young lady. She does everything we ask of her. She’s always one that will score that you can count on, give you a big performance. And for her to be a senior and to go out like that – that’s amazing.”
Warren County senior Victoria Partin also had a strong day. She placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.64) and third in the 300-meter hurdles (51.50).
Partin said Monday was a great warm-up for next week’s Region 3B regionals, which will also be held at Culpeper.
“It’s good to get used to the track, see how it feels,” she said. “I feel pretty strong. I’m really focusing on my hurdles right now just because it’s my senior year and I’d like to finish out strong.”
Skyline senior Asher Pastore won the boys 300-meter hurdles (43.48) and was second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.99).
Warren County’s D.J. Staton won the boys 3,200-meter run (10:17.38). However, the highlight of the day for him came in the 3,200-meter relay.
Staton combined with teammates Bailey Grant, Nate Brown and Isaiah Dade to win the 3,200 relay in a time of 8:14.36.
The time, which was also faster than any of Class 4 schools, qualified Warren County into the Class 3 state meet.
“Running a relay and qualifying for it definitely feels better rather than an individual event,” Staton said. “Because you know the same amount of pressure is on everyone else as it is you. So when you perform well and the rest of your teammates perform well, it’s a lot better feeling than just a singular event.”
Staton’s teammate Patrick Treutlein finished second in the boys 3,200 (10:57.02). Warren County’s Kiersten Tanner won the girls 3,200-meter run in a time of 12:37.29. Warren County’s Isaiah Dade won the boys 400-meter dash (51.79).
Warren County’s Shai Geiger was second in the girls high jump (5-00). Warren County’s Ricky Dodson was third in the shot put (40-06.75). The Wildcats 3,200-meter girls relay squad won the Class 3 title in a time of 10:35.69. Warren County’s Leah Webster was second in the girls 1,600-meter run (5:47.93). Warren County’s Bailey Grant was second in the boys 800-meter run (2:03.26). The Wildcats were also first in the girls 1,600-meter relay (4:29.11) and third in the boys 1,600-meter relay (3:47.02).
Skyline teammates Logan Maiatico (39-10.50) and Logan Bailey (39-10.00) finished second and third, respectively in the boys triple jump. Maiatico was also second in the boys 400-meter dash (53.07). Skyline’s Grady Pastore was second in the boys discus (128-00). Skyline’s boys 400-meter relay squad finished third in a time of 46.27. Skyline won the boys 1,600-meter relay (3:35.28).
Warren County finished second in the girls meet with 122 points, while Culpeper won with 173. Skyline was fifth with 30 points.
Skyline was third in the boys meet with 80.5 points. Culpeper won the meet with 148 points, while Warren County was fourth with 63 points.