The Salem girls were fifth and the boys were seventh in the Region 4D track meet at Louisa County High School in Mineral, VA last week.
Jefferson Forest won the girls meet with 137 points, followed by Blacksburg with 120. Salem had 52 points for fifth. The top athletes scored and the top four advance to this weekend’s state Class 4 meet at Liberty University.
Girls who qualified for the state include My’la Green with a first place finish in the 100 hurdles in a time of 15.71. My’la also was fourth in the long jump and ran on the winning 4×100 relay team with Shaniyah Robinson, Neelah Logan and Charli Wynn. They won with a time of 51.1.
Robinson advances to the state with a third in the 100 and a fourth in the long jump while Logan took fourth in the 110 hurdles and just missed advancing with a fifth in the 200. Green scored with a seventh in the 100. Callie Conner , Kyra Netting, Mary Chamberland and Amanda Rothkopf took fourth in the 4×800 relay and will run in the state meet this week.
For the boys, Salem had 52 ½ points as River Ridge District rival Pulaski County won the region with 128 ½. Peyton Lewis swept the sprints, winning the 100 meters in 10.82 and the 200 in 22.03. Peyton also ran on the winning 4×100 relay team with Josiah Persinger, DaRon Wilson and Jonathan Vernon as they hauled the mail in 42.75. Persinger also qualified with a fourth in the 100 meters while Braydon Taylor took fourth in the 300 hurdles.
Scoring, but not advancing, were Dominic Wright with a sixth in the triple jump and a seventh in the long jump while Vernon took eighth in the 100 and Mitchell Taylor was eighth in the 300 hurdles.
Two other Salem relay teams scored. The 4×400 team of Brayden Taylor, Rumiel Nugent, Chris Cole and Bryson Hill took fifth and the 4×800 team of Zane Easter, Lance Toapanta, Alex Helems and Yuyraj Singh placed seventh.