STRASBURG -- Mountain View sophomore Stuart Pirtle couldn't have asked for a much better day.

Pirtle won five events in the Shenandoah County Track and Field Championships and led the Generals to the boys team title on Wednesday.

"I've had a pretty good day overall," Pirtle said. "...I think it's great being here. All these guys, all these girls are just great athletes. They're very sportsmanlike. It's just been a lot of fun."

The Generals won the boys meet with 78 points, followed by Strasburg (44) and Central (29). Strasburg won the girls meet with 86 points, followed by Central (38) and Mountain View (20).

Strasburg head coach Ina Rae Crisman said she was pleased with how both her teams did.

"We have a few that are aching right now, so to watch them perform really well are good signs moving forward to the district meet next week," Crisman said. "All the kids really put forth 100 percent and I'm really very proud of them."

Pirtle won the long jump (19-08), the triple jump (39-02), the high jump (5-06), the 110 hurdles (16.40) and the 300 hurdles (44.80). He was also part of Mountain View's first-place 1,600 relay (3:52.00). He was joined on that team by Jacob and Jesse Lemon and Ashton Hilton.

Pirtle said he felt best about his 110 hurdles and long jump. He ran by himself in the 100 and 300 hurdles, but said he doesn't mind running alone.

"Mentally for me, it's all about me," Pirtle said. "I can compete against myself. I do love competition, but I can get it done when it needs to be."

Senior Jacob Lemon won the 100 (11.60) and the 200 (24.00). Jesse Lemon (400, 54.80), Micah Stapleton (800, 2:19.70), Ashton Hilton (1,600, 5:21.20) and Aday Martin-Fonseca (3,200, 12:42.90) each won individual events for the Generals.

Mountain View's Stapleton, Martin-Fonseca, Hilton and Nate Farmer teamed up to win the 3,200 relay (9:45.70).

"The kids just stepped up and did what we asked them to do today," Mountain View head coach Mary Clanahan said of her boys team.

Central senior Zach Dysart won the discus (120-04) and the shot put (43-05). Strasburg's 400 relay team of Sam Rinehart, Marcos Bareera, Brayden Decristofaro and Takhi Coates won in a time of 46.80.

Central junior Laniah Hoover won the top female performer award for the most points in the girls meet.

Hoover won the 300 hurdles (50.00) and also finished third in the long jump, second in the triple jump, third in the high jump and third in the 200.

Hoover edged out Strasburg's Maddy Dofermire in the 300 hurdles by ten-hundredths of a second.

"I was a little scared I'm not going to lie," Hoover said. "Because she was right next to me. During the end we kind of hit hands. It's a good thing I leaned at the end."

Hoover's sister, Asia, won the 200 (27.60). Asia Hoover edged out teammate Nevaeh Strother and Laniah Hoover for the win.

"I think it makes me better," Asia Hoover said of running against her teammates. "Because they're there to push me on, and I know they always got my back."

The Hoover sisters ran with heavy hearts as their older sister, Jensen, died in a car crash earlier this week.

Central head coach Rick Lytton said he was proud of how Asia and Laniah Hoover handled things this week.

"Laniah and Asia have done extremely well this week, even with the death of their sister," Lytton said. "We thought that would have an effect on them, but I think they stayed strong this whole week and showed that tonight."

Strother won the 100 (12.90). Mountain View's Yionnah Lonas won the shot put (31-09.50) and the quartet of Jadyn Foster, Ashlyn Whitman, Jennifer Farmer and Jordyn Foster won the 3,200 relay (13:07.50).

Strasburg won the majority of the girls events. Sophomore Claire Keefe won the 400 (1:00.50) and the 800 (2:34.90).

Keefe said the Shenandoah County meet is always special for her.

"I know a lot of people because we've all been running track together for a while," Keefe said. "I love the county meet. It's probably my favorite meet, because everybody gets super excited. You see everybody cheering for each other. You know all the schools, so everybody kind of cheers for each other."

Strasburg sophomore Macy Smith won the long jump (16-09.50) and the triple jump (34-07). Strasburg also had individual wins from Dofermire (high jump, 4-10), Regan Robinson (1,600, 5:56.80) and Paige Hiserman (3,200, 13:41.30).

Strasburg's Neila Coughenour, Emma Himelright, Dofermire and Smith combined to win the 400 relay (54.40). Strasburg's Megan Martin, Dofermire, Smith and Keefe combined to win the 1,600 relay (4:17.20).

The Bull Run District Championships will be held on May 17 at Strasburg to begin the postseason.

Strasburg's girls are the reigning Class 2 State runners-up and Keefe said she feels good with how the team is doing this season.

"I think we have a really strong team," Keefe said. "I think we have really strong individuals in every event that we have. And we've all really improved, and we've been seeing a lot of (personal records) recently. And I think that's a really good sign for the postseason. I think we're all really excited."

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