ALDIE — Skyline’s boys finished second and the girls sixth, and the Hawks had a combined four individual champions at Wednesday’s Region 3B Track and Field Championships held at Lightridge High School.
Skyline coach Steve Burton said he was pleased with his boys and girls teams.
“The kids did well,” Burton said. “We had great performances, the guys did well. A lot of kids overperformed and others met the expectations that were already on them. So I think overall we’re definitely proud of what they did today.”
Skyline’s Logan Bailey, Marion ‘Budder’ Haley, Ava Bordner and Kayla Haislop each won an individual regional title.
The top four in each event qualified for next week’s Class 3 State Championships in Lynchburg.
Bailey, a junior, won the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.35. He said it wasn’t his best but he was still happy to get the win.
“The 110’s were all right,” Bailey said. “They were not as fast as I would like.”
Skyline’s William Smith was second (16.77) in the event, and Central’s James Bland was third (17.13).
Bailey also finished second in the 300 hurdles (41.96) and third in the triple jump (41-03.25). Smith was third in the 300 hurdles (43.94).
Bailey was the top seed in the 300 hurdles, but Goochland’s Chris White (40.54) surprised Bailey with an impressive run.
“He came out of nowhere,” Bailey said. “He had a really good performance. Hats off to him. I didn’t expect that at all. ...I’m hoping to do better (at states), keep getting better.”
Haley, a senior, won the 100 (11.51). The race was close, but Haley finished strong and just edged out his competition.
“It felt easy,” Haley said. “Getting ready for the state finals. I got to keep pushing myself.”
Haley was also third in the long jump (20-05.50) and tied for third in the high jump (5-08). Haley and Bailey both teamed up with Logan Maiatico and Bronson Breen to win the 400 relay (43.98).
Haley said he was happy with the day he had overall.
“I think I did pretty good overall,” he said. “I pushed myself. It was a long day.”
Bordner, a sophomore, won the 1,600 in a time of 5:24.72. She had some friendly competition with her as Warren County freshman Kaley Tanner finished second in 5:25.45.
The pair worked together and made the move to the top with a little over a lap to go and Bordner held off Tanner at the end.
“I knew Kaley was right behind me,” Bordner said. “I was like ‘please don’t pass me, please don’t pass me.’ I heard her steps, I knew she was really close. I knew if I made one wrong step she was going to pass me.”
Tanner added: “We worked together. Usually they say not to do that, but I think it works well.”
Bordner won the regional cross country title several months ago and said winning in track feels a little different.
“I am a lot more rewarded in cross country, but this one — I was very excited,” Bordner said.
Bordner also anchored Skyline’s 3,200 relay (10:46.65) and 1,600 relay (4:33,08), both of which finished fourth. In the 1,600 relay, the Hawks were in seventh as Bordner took the baton and passed three runners to finish fourth and qualify for states.
Tanner finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 11:47.61. The 3,200 was the first race of the day and Tanner said said she wasn’t used to running so early in a track meet. Lightridge’s Taylor Gibson won the race in a time of 11:41.59 and had a sizeable lead for most of the race, but Tanner was gaining ground on her over the last two laps.
“If I would have just run faster in the beginning, I probably would have had a chance to catch her,” Tanner said. “A mistake to learn from for next time.”
Haislop, a sophomore, won the discus with a throw of 93-01. She also finished third in the shot put (31-03.50). Central’s Kaylee Yew finished fourth in the shot put (29-01).
Haislop trailed entering the discus finals, but threw the 93-01 on her second throw of the finals. She said it wasn’t a perfect throw, but she was glad she pulled it off.
“I messed up my throw and I still had 93-01 somehow, so I’m proud of myself,” Haislop said. “On the spin when I got to the front I was falling, and it still went far. So I’m not complaining.”
Haislop said she felt some pressure being the top seed entering the meet, but it was satisfying pulling it out.
“It’s great,” Haislop said. “It feels amazing. All the hard work’s paid off.”
Central junior Zach Dysart finished third in the boys shot put (45-06.50).
“It was kind of a rough day at the start,” Dysart said. “But I started picking it up, like I did last week (in the district meet). I threw another (personal record).”
Skyline’s Bronson Breen finished second in the boys 400 (51.87). Independence’s Darien Gulick won with a time of 51.20.
“I felt good,” Breen said. “I just pushed myself as hard as I could this time. I wanted to make sure I had enough at the end. ...I thought I had a little bit more in me at the end. I just got to pace myself a little better.”
Warren County freshman Emil Stanford was third in the boys 3,200 (10:38.70). He said he just wanted to make it to states and he was pleased with how he did.
“It was really just a fun race,” Stanford said. “You got this nice school, this nice track. And I was just going out for fourth place, to get to states. I didn’t want to tire myself out too much. ... It feels great. States is a big achievement for everybody.”
Skyline’s boys finished second with 111 points. Independence won the boys team title with 134. Central finished 10th with 22 points and Warren County was 12th with 17 points.
Skyline’s 1,600 relay team of Kevin Mills, Maiatico, Smith and Breen won the event in a time of 3:31.19.
Maggie Walker won the girls team title with 163 points, followed by James Monroe (124) and George Mason (57). Warren County was fifth (48), followed by Skyline (42.50) and Central (41).
Warren County was second in the 3,200 relay (Nicole Ranney, Madline Lotts, Sophia Kozhenevsky, Amber Riley, 10:22.91). Bordner was joined on Skyline’s fourth-place 3,200 relay team by Bella Meadows, Sophie Jensen and Kaitlyn Antonelli.
Bordner was joined in Skyline’s fourth-place 1,600 relay squad by Meadows, Anisha Carter and Jensen.
Central’s Nevaeh Strother was fourth in the 100 (13.34). Central’s Asia Hoover was fourth in the 400 (1:02.94), fourth in the 200 (28.23) and fourth in the long jump (14-11). Central’s Laniah Hoover was third in the 300 hurdles (51.31) and third in the high jump (4-06).
Bailey said he was happy with Skyline’s second-place finish as a team.
“You can’t really ask for much more,” he said. “We’re a small school, not many kids, but pretty good competitively.”