Lauren Ogle, pictured here at the Cosmo meet in May, is the Group 2A state champ in the 300-meter hurdles.
Ian Hester of James River finished second in the Group 2A track meet. Photo by Brian Hoffman

The James River boys were eighth and the girls were 10th in the Group 2A state track meet at East Rockingham High School in Elton last week. As expected, Maggie Walker High repeated as both boys and girls team champions in Group 2A.

The River boys had a state champion in sophomore Will Miller. He won the 3200 meters by over seven seconds with a time of 9:41.09. Will was also third in the 1600 at 4:29.89, less than three seconds behind the winner.

Miller combined with Daniel Holter, Noel Preece and Will Fowler for a fourth place finish in the 4×800. The River foursome finished with a time of 8:26.18.

Ian Hester took a second place in the 300 hurdles. He ran a time of 41.13 and the winning time was 40.18.

For the girls, Lauren Ogle of River won the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.26. Katelyn Wiley was third in that event at 47.80.

Ogle also finished sixth in the triple jump and ran on two relay teams that placed, as did Wiley. The 4×400 team of Ogle, Katelyn Wiley, Kerri Wiley and Erin Walker was third. The 4×800 team of Ogle, Katelyn Wiley, Walker and Abigail Link took sixth.

“I thought we had a good year,” said River coach Greg Dyer. “I’m happy with how we did. We didn’t have a lot of bodies and our region was very tough.”

The Knights will lose Ogle and Walker to graduation but they’ll return some talented athletes.

“We’re loaded with sophomores and quite a few freshmen,” said Dyer.