QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson’s 4x800-meter relay team came into Monday’s boys Region 1B Track and Field Championships seeded second, but the quartet set a goal to get first – mission accomplished.
The quartet of Zach Wine, Zachari Munoz, Ashton Hilton and Riley Gonzalez ran the race in a time of 9:10.20, topping second-place Galileo by 12 seconds.
“We came in seeded second and somebody said something about just trying to stay at second, but I wanted to try to get first,” Wine said. “I told them let’s try to get first since its regionals. Let’s get a gold medal, and we had a really good race.”
Gonzalez said it meant a lot for the team to win the 4x800 relay.
“It feels really good,” Gonzalez said. “We were ranked second. So it feels really good to get first place and help the team.”
It was the only first place the Generals had on the day, but the team had a solid day on the boys side and finished in sixth place as a team.
The Top 4 individuals in each event advance to next weekend’s Class 1 State Championships held at East Rockingham High School.
Gonzalez finished third in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:11.91. The junior was seeded fifth going in and said he wanted to try to stay with the top two runners as long as he could.
“That was pretty much my goal was hang with the first two and keep them in sight,” he said. “Then give it my all on my last lap.”
This is the second straight year that Gonzalez is going to the state meet for the 800.
“It feels pretty good,” Gonzalez said. “I was worried about it all day.”
Munoz finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:33.77. He said he liked the fact that it was a hot day since many of the races this season have been run in the cold.
It was Munoz’s best time of the season and he said that not having to work on Sunday night was a key to his success.
“I think I just had a good night’s sleep, honestly,” Munoz said. “Every other meet I’ve had to work the night before until 11. I get home about 12, go to bed. I only get a few hours sleep, and it’s not good for me – not good for running.”
Munoz won the Region 1B title in the 3,200 last year and said his goal was to repeat the feat on Monday, but he was still happy just to qualify for the state meet.
Senior Devin Campbell finished third in the shot put with a throw of 39-03.
Stonewall Jackson’s 4x100-meter relay team of Victor Gonzalez, John Gabrer, Damian Tapia and Jacob Lemon finished second in a time of 46.37.
Riverheads won the boys meet with 97.5 points. The Generals finished with 43 points.
Stonewall Jackson coach Debbie Ritchie said that she was glad that many of the guys that didn’t make it individually to states made it as part of one of the relays.
“The kids tried really hard,” she said. “They’ve been working really hard and now it’s just paying off. So that’s what you want.”