FRONT ROYAL — It was a case of quality over quantity for Skyline and Warren County at the Region 3B Track and Field Championships on Wednesday.

Both schools didn’t have enough athletes to compete for a team title, but they each had plenty of regional champions.

“We just don’t have the numbers that the other schools have,” Skyline track and field coach Dick Allanson said. “We’ve got some good kids, but not enough good kids. ...All-in-all I think we did OK.”

“It’s hard to compete, we don’t have the numbers — all our bases covered everywhere,” Warren County track and field coach Mike Tanner said. “But we had some great performances. We’re taking more people to states than previous years — so that’s exciting.”

Skyline had two individual regional champions, both on the boys side. Reese Sperry (1,600) and Ahsan Abul-Qasim (400) each won a title.

Warren County had four boys individual champions in D.J. Rizzo (discus), Malachi Vinson-Proctor (shot put), Blaise Skube (300 hurdles) and Clayton Rankin (3,200). Warren County also had one girls individual champion in Kaley Tanner (3,200). Warren County’s girls 3,200 relay squad of Isabela Eriksson, Kaley Tanner, Nicole Ranney and Amber Riley won the regional title.

Warren County’s boys finished fourth with 74 points, just ahead of fifth-place Skyline (73). Culpeper County won the boys meet with 128 points.

Skyline’s girls finished sixth with 56 points, while Warren County finished eighth (43). Maggie Walker won the girls meet with 190.5 points.

Warren County’s boys swept the throwing events with Rizzo and Vinson-Proctor.

Rizzo said he wasn’t doing as well as he would have liked until his last throw of 147-05, which moved him into first place.

“My first five throws out of six, I think I was in my head — a lot of us weren’t doing our best,” Rizzo said. “But that last throw I guess I was just kind of angry that I wasn’t doing what I know I can do and I just heaved it and it got me the win. ...It’s pretty cool working up from freshman year not doing this before. I didn’t even win districts before. So senior year, it’s been a jump. It’s been really fun to end out my senior year of athletics next week going to the first state competition I’ve ever been to.”

Vinson-Proctor won the boys shot put with a throw of 47-10 for his first regional title.

“This has been something I’ve been trying to do for the past two years,” Vinson-Proctor said. “Last year it was raining so I didn’t throw as well. But this year I’ve just been pushed to go further and further. Technically, I hit a (Personal Record) but I’m still trying to go for the school record (52).”

Skube won the 300 hurdles in a time of 42.55 for a first regional title for the freshman.

“I just ran my heart out and hoped for the best,” Skube said. “It feels great.”

Rankin won the 3,200 in a time of 10:21.39. Rankin had an early lead but then found himself in a sea of green as several Maggie Walker and William Monroe runners (who all wear green) passed at the halfway point.

Rankin kept hanging with the leaders, and when Maggie Walker’s Kavi Rajappa dropped out of the race he knew he had a chance to win it.

“Once I saw (Rajappa) drop out, I knew I had to take it and that was the chance to do it,” Rankin said. “It feels really good. I can’t wait to get that gold medal.”

Sperry waited for the right time and made his move to win the race in the boys 1,600 with a time of 4:38.56.

“I kind of felt the wind on my back on the turn,” Sperry said. “And I was closing the gap (on first). And as soon as I got to him it was over. ...It feels good. First time as an individual regional champion. It definitely feels like an accomplishment.”

Abul-Qasim won the 400 in a time of 50.10. It was the first regional title for the sophomore in an event that is fairly new to him.

“I just started running that earlier this season,” Abul-Qasim said. “I just wanted to go out and see if I could win it. ...Next week hopefully I can get top three in every event that I do. I’m going to try to win the 400. I think I can do it.”

Kaley Tanner won the 3,200 in a time of 12:03.99. The junior said the temperature was the hottest she’s run in this season, which made it difficult.

“It was definitely a struggle,” Kaley Tanner said. “I didn’t run my best time, but at least I still got first. I pushed myself through it.”

Skyline senior Ava Bordner came up just short in both of her races — the 1,600 and the 800 — to Meridian’s Grace Crum.

In the 1,600, Bordner took the lead going into the last lap, but Crum passed her as they were coming down the final stretch, Crum held Bordner off by less than a second. Crum won with a 5:01.91, while Bordner finished in 5:02.19. Crum won the 800 in a time of 2:21.20, while Bordner finished in 2:22.40.

“I’m really happy with the mile (1,600), because all season I’ve been doing times I haven’t been wanting,” Bordner said. “The mile definitely came out well today and I’m really glad. The 800 didn’t go as I was planning it for, but it’s a hot day. Last week was graduation week. I was up all night going (to different events). I think I did really good considering the lack of sleep.”

Other top performers for Warren County’s boys team were Simon Skube (300 hurdles, fourth, 42.97) and Tyberius Carter (shot put, fourth, 43-02).

Warren County’s boys 3,200 relay pulled off what Mike Tanner called “one of the biggest surprises of the day.” The squad of Shelton Morris, Dylan Miller, Rankin and Shea Henson finished second in a time of 8:37.12, after being seeded fifth coming into the regional meet. They had the lead for a big part of the race, before Caroline passed them on the final lap.

Other top performances for Skyline’s boys team were Marcellis Diamond (110 hurdles, second, 16.11, 300 hurdles, second, 42.67, high jump, fourth, 5-10), Kaipha Brown (300 hurdles, third, 42.91) and Abul-Qasim (high jump, second, 6-02).

Skyline’s boys finished third in the 3,200 relay (Louden Schucker, Ben Arp, Sebastien Bieker, Sperry, 8:41.49).

Other top performances for Skyline’s girls team were Scarlett Flores (400, third, 1:01.96), Anisha Carter (300 hurdles, fourth, 51.44) and Kayla Haislop (discus, second, 104-09, shot put, third, 32-08.50).

Skyline’s girls finished fourth in the 3,200 relay (Kaitlyn Antonelli, Alison Sears, Megan Arp, Flores, 10:26.26).

Other top performances for Warren County’s girls team were Faith Schultz (100 hurdles, fourth, 17.25, high jump, third, 4-10, long jump, fourth, 16-05.50) and Eriksson (3,200, fourth, 12:23.55).

The Class 3 State Championships will be held on June 2 and 3 at Liberty University.

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