Indoor Track Teams Secure State Championships

Francis Hajek, Assistant Sports Editor

The Western Albemarle boy’s and girl’s indoor track team both took home the title of 3A state champions this weekend.

The girl’s victory can be credited to multiple strong performances from a variety of runners. Zoe Clay won the 1600, 3200 and ran the anchor leg of the 1st place 4x800m relay team with Julia Berg, Caroline McGahren and Ella Taylor. Julia Berg was also state champion in the 1000 and ran on the 4×400 relay with Elizabeth Davis, Maeci Frank and Katrine Berg. Kate De Jong also had a successful weekend as she placed in the long jump, high jump, 4×200 relay with Ellie Cox, Anna Sojka and Elizabeth Davis, and even broke a school record in the 55m hurdles.

A number of other girls also ran well and placed highly.

The boy’s team also had multiple different runners contribute to their state title. The boys dominated the long distance events. Joe Hawkes won the 3200 and was closely followed by team mates Stuart Terrill, who placed 2nd and Jack Eliason who placed 4th. Joe Hawkes also took 3rd in the 1600. Another 3rd place finish came from Will Koester in the 100

Western’s pole vaulters had a strong weekend as well. Jackson Smith won the pole vault for the boys and he was closely followed by team mate Landon Smith who placed 2nd. Cooper Saunders, Ricky Weikle and Harley Davis all tied 5th place as well. Reagan Burton placed 4th in the girl’s pole vault and was followed by teammate Melina Punsalen who placed 6th.