Abingdon meet produces new marks to beat in SW Va. track

Kevin Mays • Apr 29, 2019 at 12:34 AM

Wednesday’s Food City Track and Field Championships at Abingdon produced some top times and distances among Southwest Virginia’s female athletes, though not so much among the region’s top male performers.

Female winners at the Food City meet established region-best marks in eight categories, per MileStat.com.

Only one boys’ win at the Abingdon meet was good enough to top the best of the region thus far this spring.


Chilhowie’s Molly Rhudy won the 100 at the Food City meet with a 12.80 to better her — and the region’s — previous best time of 12.85.

Patrick Henry’s Maggie Buchanan also eclipsed her previous best in the 200 (a 26.62) by running a region-leading 26.32.

Sarah Cornett of Patrick Henry won the 400 in 1:01.96 — though she wasn’t fast enough to top this year’s best time (a 1:00.81) that she established earlier.

In the boys’ 400, Holston’s Noah Thomas won in a region-best 52.99. Thomas’ time topped the previous fastest time of 53.05, run by J.I. Burton’s Najee Steele.

The best times in the boys’ 100 and 200 remained unchanged from last week. Union’s Avery Jenkins is tops in the 100 (11.26) and John Battle’s Reed Samuel leads in the 200 (23.10).


Virginia High’s Kelsey Harrington continues to lead all three distance running categories in Southwest Virginia.

Harrington ran the 3,200 at Abingdon in 10:52.90, topping her own previous best time of 11:02.91). She also leads the region in the 1,600 (5:13.53) and 800 (2:32.25).

In boys distance events, Holston’s Jordan Keith is tops in the 800 (2:00.50) and 1,600 (4:47.11), and Union’s Nathaniel Hersel is out front in the 3,200 (10:33.29).


Patrick Henry’s Ella Maiden set the region’s best mark in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.19 on Wednesday. The time edges Burton’s Lydia Blair-James, whose 17.23 was the previous best.

Abingdon’s Emily Mays won the 300 hurdles in a new region-best 50.82.

In boys hurdles, Wise Central freshman Maddox Reynolds continues to lead the region’s competitors in the 110s (15.30) and Richlands’ Logan Altizer leads the 300 hurdles (40.44).


Maiden tied her best jump of 5-0 at the Food City meet to set the pace in the event.

Rhudy continues to lead the long jump (18.375) and triple jump (35-01).

Patrick Henry’s Abigail Belcher heads the field in both the shot put (38-0) and discus (118-05).

In boys field events, Jenkins and Virginia High’s Gavin Austin are still tops in the high jump at 6-4. Samuel has the region’s best long jump (22-0) and Steele owns the top mark in the triple jump (41-02).

Union’s Justin Barnett continues to dominate the throwing events with a 56-03.5 in the shot put and a 150-0 in the discus.


Abingdon’s girls set the bar for regional competitors in the Food City meet with a time of 52.73 in the 4x100, and Chilhowie won the 4x400 relay with a region-best time of 4:25.20.

The best 4x800 relay time is still held by Ridgeview at 11:30.26.

The boys’ relay leaders are Ridgeview in the 4x100 (44.20), Holston in the 4x400 (3:37.22) and Castlewood in the 4x800 (8:45.32).


Up next for Southwest Virginia track and field athletes is Wednesday’s Wise Central Invitational.

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