In a strong track and field showing, South and West Stokes teams finished in first place on Thursday, April 7. Souths’ boys team took first place overall and West Stokes girls edged out the Sauras for the number one spot.
“Our athletes are very selfless when it comes to doing what it takes to win. We have a lot that compete in four different events which can be challenging, but they do it to help the team,” said Saura coach Kyle Woods.
Keelan Goodwin raked in wins in the 200 meter, 110 hurdles, triple jump, and long jump.
“He’s a very special athlete that you don’t see very often. I have all the confidence in him to make a run for a state championship this year. I can’t wait to see what he does at the next level,” Woods said.
Matt Patane won the discus event and finished third in shot put.
Kendall Thomas won the 300 meter hurdles.
Jaylyn Simmons finished first in high jump.
Matthew Mudd won the 400 meter.
For the ladies, Elizabeth Byers and Lauren Collins tied with 7-foot jumps on the pole vault.
Nellie Hopper won the shot put and came in second in discus. Sydney Combs placed first in high jump. Senior Kelleigh Mitchell won the triple jump and came in third in the long jump.
“Everyone has consistently been setting PR’s throughout the year. We’ve been averaging as a team about 25 per meet,” Woods said.
Goodwin has qualified for regionals in the long jump, triple jump, 110 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash. (Kenneth) Thomas has qualified in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Mudd has qualified in the long jump and 400 meter run.
“We have many more that are on the verge of qualifying very soon,” the coach added.
Woods believes Goodwin is close to reaching the triple jump school record and (Kenneth) Thomas is within reach of the 300 meter hurdles record.
Senior Josh Adkins won the 800 meter run, 1600 meter and finished second in the 400 meter.
Tony Jackson finished first in the 100 hurdles and Thomas Rutherford in the 100 meter.
Tino Ramirez won the pole vault with an 8-foot jump.
Kaitlyn Stone won the 1600 meter run and 800 meter.
Rebekah White finished first in the 3200 meter and Chancey Gunnell won the 400 meter.
Final scores were: Boys – South Stokes 114.5, West Stokes 77, North Surry 35.5, Carver 23
Girls – West Stokes 85, South Stokes 71, North Surry 33, Carver 24
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