- Special Sections
- Public Notices
Bedford athletes gave it their all, but none was able to capture gold at this weekend's State indoor track championships.
For some, it was a last shot at the distinction. For others, there should be many more chances.
Every one of them, however, earned the right to hold heads high.
Staunton River's boys crew made the greatest impact at the AA championship, held at Liberty University Saturday.
The lads finished in an impressive place: seventh, overall.
Boys top team scores
1. E.C. Glass 68
2. Lafayette 56
3. Heritage 39
4t. Christiansburg 30
4t. York 30
6. Amherst 28
7. Staunton River 27
8. Fort Defiance 26
9t. Blacksburg 19
9t. Brunswick 19
Girls top team scores
1. Blacksburg 61
2. E.C. Glass 41.5
3. Tabb 33
4t. John Handley 32
4t. Christiansburg 32
6. Pulaski County 30
7. Louisa County 27
8t. Western Albemarle 24.5
8t. Cave Spring 24.5
10. Grafton 22
"We had an excellent year," said Staunton River Head Coach Joe Curcio. His team also had an excellent meet. Curcio's crew had seven athletes in 10 events, placing in eight of them.
No Staunton River athlete placed lower than his or her State seeding.
A few turned in quite stunning performances. Cam Holdren, in particular, stood out among his peers.
Just a few weeks ago, the junior was nursing an ankle sprain he'd suffered in basketball. On Saturday, he was hauling in a silver medal. A second-place finisher at the Region III meet, Holdren soared above his personal best to go 6' 6" in the high jump. He missed out on a state title when Monticello's Isaac Robinson went one inch better.
Holdren's second-place finish was matched by Jefferson Forest's Ken Ritchey. The soaring senior went 14' in the pole vault (matching his previous best), to pick up the Cavs' only points on the guys side of the house.
The JF ladies were paced, once again, by Alyssa Shupe. The flying freshman picked up all of the Lady Cavs' six points when she turned in a third-place time of 3:04.51 in the 1000 meters.
Also medaling in that race was Liberty's Laura Garbarini, who clocked in at a very nice 3:08.32. With that, Garbarini now turns her attention to the soccer pitch this spring.
Speaking of multi-talented Liberty athletes, Mikalah Jones had a memorable meet. The flying frosh went 35' 6" to capture third in the triple jump. Jones, by the way, spent most of this winter pounding the hardwoods for Liberty hoops.
Speaking of hoops, Staunton River's Beka Miller nailed a third place in the shot put (37' 3.75"), the day after she played in the Region III hoops championship game. Busy, busy!
Speaking of busy, River's Leapin' Lily Garrecht picked up a fifth place in the long jump (16' 6.75"). She also competed in the pole vault.
Speaking of outstanding SRHS athletes, David Barrett and Stuart Robertson racked up points for the Eagles in multiple events. Barrett was fifth in the 1000 meter run (2:37.55) and eighth in the 1600 (4:31.07). Robertson took sixth in the 1600 (4:25.90) and third in the 3200 (9:36.52). In the latter race, Big Stu shaved a full four seconds off his best time.
Speaking of guys who pulverize their previous bests, Staunton River's Asa Walvoort tossed the shot put 50' 11". That heave, more than a foot-and-a-half better than his former best, gave the senior strongman fourth place.
"Asa breaking 50 feet in the shot was very exciting," said Curcio. "But no more so than what the others did. It was just a great performance by the entire group."