Ogle, Wiley 1-2 in state 500m, run legs of winning 4×200 relay; Miller 2nd in 1000 as JR girls finish 5th, boys 9th
The James River girls were fifth and the boys were ninth in the Group 1A/2A track meet at the new Kerr-Cregger indoor track at Roanoke College last week. River had two state championship efforts, as Lauren Ogle won the 500 meters and the girls 4×200 team also won the state championship.
“We did, basically, what I expected,” said River coach Greg Dyer. “The kids liked the track because the turns were wider, but there wasn’t much room for spectators.”
Ogle won the 500 with a time of 1:21.62, and Katelyn Wiley took second in that event at 1:24.26. Ogle and Wiley combined with Emily and Erin Walker to win the 4×200 with a time of 1:52.84, beating the Prince Edward County team by almost two seconds.
River took second in the 4×400 relay with the team of Ogle, Katelyn Wiley, Kerri Wiley and Tessa Jones. The Maggie Walker team ran 4:20.42 and River was second at 4:20.50.
“We lost by half a step,” said Dyer.
River’s Susan Schulz was sixth in the high jump at 4’10” as the Knights scored 37 team points. Maggie Walker easily won the meet with 132.5 points with Wilson Memorial second at 59.5.
The boys meet was much closer, as Auburn won with 74, followed by Prince Edward with 69 and Maggie Walker with 59. River had 21 points.
River’s Will Miller took a second in the 1,000 meters despite limited training during the winter while he participated on the Knights basketball team. Will ran a time of 2:42.11, about three seconds behind the winner, Caleb Hallinan of Auburn. Will Fowler was fifth in 2:44.93.
The team of Miller, Will Fowler, Jacob Fowler and Noel Preece took fourth in the state in the 4×800 with a time of 8:46.11. Erik Tolley also scored for River with a fifth in the 55 hurdles at 8.94.
The Knights will now turn their attention to the spring season. The first meet is scheduled for April 5 at Auburn.