CULPEPER – Logan Maiatico, Asher Pastore and Jordan Price each ended Wednesday in the best possible way – winning regional titles as individuals and as part of a relay team.
The Skyline trio is part of the Hawks’ regional champion 4x400-meter relay team, which capped off the running events at the boys Region 3B Track and Field Championships.
Pastore won the 300-meter hurdles title in a time of 41.70. As he crossed the finish line, he began to jump up and down in celebration.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Pastore said. “It wasn’t a perfect race, but I was finally able to put one together. I knew what I could do. It was just a matter of putting it together.”
Shortly after that, Price won the 800-meter run in a time of 1:59.89.
Price started out fast and struggled to hold off Warren County’s Bailey Grant at the end – but he did. Price finished in a time of 1:59.89 and Grant was second with a time of 2:01.05. Warren County’s Isaiah Dade was fifth in the race with a time of 2:05.23.
“I started out too fast,” Price said. “I came in at 54 seconds on the first 400. That’s way too fast, and I definitely slowed down after that.”
The local trio was seeded first, second and third coming into the race. Price said he loves to run and compete against Dade and Grant.
“I’ve been running with Bailey (Grant) and Isaiah (Dade) for a couple of years now,” Price said. “I’m proud to say that I can run with them. We push each other a lot. They’re pushing me and I’m pushing them.”
The trio was in the top 3 spots for the first part of the race, but Thomas Jefferson’s Victor Andrews made a big surge at the start of the second of the two-lap race. Andrews moved ahead of both Dade and Grant for second place. However, Grant came back during the last 200 meters and passed Andrews to finish second.
“I’ve raced against (Andrews) a couple times,” Grant said. “We’re friends, so it’s just a friendly competition. I just didn’t want to get beat. So I just gave it my all.”
Maiatico, Pastore, Price and Bronson Breen then won the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:37.39. Skyline was seeded first in the event and Warren County was seeded second. However, Warren County decided not to run the event since they had already qualified for the Class 3 state meet on time qualification earlier in the season.
Skyline coach Steve Burton said he was happy with the quartet.
“We did well in the 4x4,” Burton said. “Our time wasn’t good but we did what we needed to do to win the race.”
After the 4x400-meter relay race was over, Maiatico participated in the triple jump finals, which was the last event of the day.
Maiatico’s leap of 41-03.50 was good enough to win the title, besting teammate Logan Bailey’s second-place jump of 41-01.50.
“I started off the day slow and crappy because I didn’t warm-up at all or anything like that,” Maiatico said. “Then I ended up finishing off the day on top. I was exhausted (for the triple jump finals) but you just got to fight through it.”
The Top four in each individual event and top three relays advance to the Class 3 State Championships next weekend at Liberty University. Athletes also qualified for the state meet throughout the season by meeting the state meet standards on time and distance.
Dade finished second in the 400-meter run (51.98) and said he was trying to save something for his 800-meter run later in the day. John Marshall’s Zione Jackson won the race in a time of 51.71.
“I wish I had kicked harder at the end,” Dade said. “I definitely could have. It would have been a head-to-head competition if I had kicked (at the end). But I knew I had the 800 coming up, so I didn’t want to waste all my energy on (the 400).”
Warren County’s Ricky Dodson finished fourth in the shot put (42-01.25). Warren County’s D.J. Staton was second in the 3,200-meter run (10:11.29) and teammate Patrick Treutlein was fourth (10:41.26).
Pastore also finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 16.74.
Skyline finished sixth in the boys meet with 58 points, while Warren County was eighth with 45. Culpeper County won the boys meet with 120 points.