STRASBURG – Everything came together at the right time for Strasburg junior Kyierra Ashby on Wednesday.
Ashby set a personal record and won the triple jump in the girls Bull Run District Championships. Ashby, who was the girls top point scorer in the meet, jumped 35 feet, 2 inches to win the event.
“It was pretty good,” Ashby said. “My speed was a little quicker on the runway. My steps – the whole season I’ve been battling trying to get on the (triple jump) board and I got on the board. It helped a lot.”
Ashby said it was her first individual district track title.
“It feels pretty good,” she said. “I didn’t think I was going to get this far this year. So me going this far actually makes me feel pretty good. It motivates me to go further.”
Ashby was second in the high jump (4-08), third in the long jump (15-08.50), third in the 300-meter hurdles (51.36) and helped the 4x400 relay team to a third-place finish (4:45.82).
Central’s Maya Frye-Williams won the long jump with a leap of 16-08.
Central coach Rick Lytton said that Frye-Williams has shown improvement as the season has gone on.
“She has finally listened to what we were telling her she needs to do to become better,” Lytton said. “She put a heck of a jump together on that long jump. She was psyched about that.”
Frye-Williams also finished tied for third in the high jump (4-06).
Central’s Tycara Scott won the shot put with a throw of 35-04. Scott was happier with her third-place performance in the discus (104-05)
“It wasn’t what I wanted,” Scott said of her shot put. “Since I did pretty well in discus, I was hoping I would do pretty well in shot – throw at least 38, 39. I just need to make minor changes to what I’m doing so I can get back into the groove of throwing good.”
Scott said she doesn’t spend a lot of time practicing discus so she didn’t expect to throw over 100 feet.
“I did throw 95 (last week) at the (Shenandoah) County meet,” Scott said. “I knew I was probably going to throw decent since it’s (held at) the same place (Strasburg). I went out in warm-ups and I throw close to 100 but I threw out (of bounds). So I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. My first throw was 94 and I just kept progressing from there.”
Central’s Mikayla Helsley was second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.60. She led for part of the race but was passed down the final stretch by Clarke County’s Elizabeth Wallace (50.47).
“I actually felt really good that race,” Helsley said. “I felt like my body opened up a lot on that race. Opened my strides up a lot more. The second to last hurdles I stuttered a little bit – lost my steps. I tried to regain it at the last hurdle.”
Strasburg’s Daniella Henry was second in both the shot put (33-06) and the discus (104-05). Strasburg’s Eva Brill was third in the shot put (31-01).
Strasburg’s 4x800 relay team of Tessa Hockman, Abby Davis, Emma Himelright and Katie Bromley finished second (11:25.96). Davis placed third in the 3,200-meter run (14:21.75). Central’s Clarissa Cook was third in the 100-meter hurdles (18.66).
George Mason won the girls meet with 141 points, Strasburg was third (81) and Central fourth (57).