The James River girls finished just eight points out of first place in the state Class 2 indoor track meet at Liberty University in Lynchburg last Wednesday. The Glenvar girls won the meet and Poquoson was second.
“We were ahead until the 4×400 relay,” said River coach Greg Dyer. “We should have won it. Our throwers had an off day at the regional and didn’t advance. If we had them at the state we could have scored 10 more points and had our picture on the gym wall.”
River did manage to win state championships in three events, as Holly Hylton won the long jump competition, Vanessa Lima won the 55 dash and both ran on a state championship relay team. Hylton and Lima ran the first two legs of the 4×200 relay, followed by Ella Wright and Morgan Marshall. Their winning time was 1:54.98.
Hylton long jumped 15’1” to win that event and also took fourth in the triple jump. Lima took three individual medals with a winning time of 7.79 in the 55 dash, a fourth place in the long jump and a fifth in the triple.
Marshall won two more medals, a second in the triple jump and a sixth in the high jump. Kyleigh Mills was fifth in the 500 to round out the River scoring.
That ended the indoor season, with spring track due to start practicing in April. Meanwhile, the cross country team will be competing, with the first meet scheduled for today at Alleghany.