ELKTON -- With the last race of his high school career hanging in the balance, Kyle Clanton knew he had to finish strong -- and he did.
Clanton pulled away in the last 100 meters from his competitors in the Class 2 boys 200-meter dash to go out in style -- with a state title. The state title was his third of the day and the sixth individual state crown of his decorated career at Central.
"I knew I had to just keep going, give it all I got," Clanton said of his mindset during the last 100 meters of the 200. "It's my last event ever in high school. I wanted to go out with a bang and I guess that's what I did."
Clanton also won the long jump and the 100-meter dash. He also finished fifth in the 400-meter dash and the triple jump to score 38 points and help the Falcons to a third-place team finish in the boys Class 2 Track and Field State Championships.
The Class 1 and 2 state championships were both held at East Rockingham, while Class 3 and 4 were held at Liberty University in Lynchburg on Friday and Saturday.
The Class 1 and 2 meets were postponed on Friday due to rain and lightning, which made the meets a one-day event. They canceled all of the preliminary heats in all events.
Clanton said that may have helped him as it made some of his five events a little shorter. He said his mindset wasn't where he wanted it to be early in the morning, but once he performed in the long jump, everything came together.
Clanton won the long jump with a leap of 22-02 on his fourth and final jump of the day.
"Winning that really felt good," Clanton said. "That turned my day around."
It was Clanton's first-ever state title in a jumping event. Last year, Clanton won the 100, 200 and 400.
Clanton made it 2-for-2 Saturday when he won the 100 in a time of 11.06.
"I felt good, coming out of the blocks fast," Clanton said. "That's when I know I'm going to have a good race -- when I come out really fast."
Then Clanton's day hit a little bit of a speed bump. He finished fifth in the triple jump (42-05.75) and fifth in the 400 (51.35). Clanton said the heat got to him a little bit.
"It was the middle part of the day. It was the hottest part of the day probably," he said. "I'd been out in the heat all morning. I did three events. Running the 400 is one of the hardest races with doing all the other ones before that."
Clanton got an ice pack from the trainer and cooled off in between the 400 and the 200. He said by the time the 200 started he felt much better and was ready to give everything he had for his last race.
Clanton entered the 200 as the third seed, the only running event in which he wasn't the favorite. He said that added a little fuel to his fire. He won the race with a time of 22.16 seconds.
"To be able to come out here and win like that, it puts a little notch on it, -- knowing that people thought that other kids were faster" Clanton said. "Just doing that, it's been a good day."
Central's Declan Franklin was seventh in the discus (134-05). Central freshman Antonio Nieves finished 11th in the 800-meter run (2:12.81).
Strasburg's Stephen Kloosterman was ninth in the long jump (20-01.25) and 14th in the triple jump (40-06). Teammate Russell Reeder was 15th in the triple jump (40-01.75). In the 3,200-meter run, Strasburg teammates Anthony Cadle (10:36.27) and Tyler Zimbro (11:08.22) finished 10th and 17th, respectively. DaNeil Holiday was 13th in the discus (132-03).
In the Class 1 meet, Stonewall Jackson's Devin Campbell was 13th in shot put (38-07). Riley Gonzalez finished 13th in the 800 (2:12.34). Zachari Munoz was 18th in the 3,200 (11:58.19).
In the Class 3 meet, Skyline's Jordan Price placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 1:59.45. Asher Pastore was 14th in the 110 hurdles (16.72) and 11th in the 300 hurdles (42.19). Skyline's 4x400 relay team of Price, Pastore, Logan Maiatico and Logan Bailey placed fourth (3:29.10). In the triple jump, Maiatico (41-09.75) and Bailey (40-06) finished ninth and 13th respectively.
Warren County's Isaiah Dade finished ninth in the 400 (51.98). Bailey Grant was 13th in the 1,600-meter run (4:44.18). Warren County teammates D.J. Staton (10:13.62) and Patrick Treutlein (10:48.31) were 13th and 19th respectively in the 3,200. Warren County's 4x800 relay team of Grant, Staton, Dade and Nate Brown placed third (8:12.29). Ricky Dodson finished 16th in the shot put (40-05.25).