Athletes from North Surry, Surry Central and Mount Airy high schools were in action last Thursday afternoon, as the Western Piedmont 2-A and Northwest 1-A conferences held a joint meet at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. Both leagues were contesting their conference championships.
Although races were held that included all of the various schools, the runners were classified based on which conference they were participating in. East Surry High School had no one competing in the meet, but three schools who normally compete as part of other conferences, those being Ledford, South Davidson, and Thomasville, took part along with the WP2A schools.
Local athletes came out victorious in 13 different events. Surry Central had six winners, Mount Airy four, and North Surry captured three event wins. Both the Greyhounds and the Golden Eagles sent a substantial contingent to the event, while the Granite Bears sent just a handful of athletes but saw all of them perform well.
Surry Central’s Luis Salazar led the boys’ contingent for the Eagles, winning in the long jump, triple jump, and 500 meters. Tyler Fitzgerald won the pole vault, while Ricardo Lara won the 55 hurdles and was fifth in the 500. Daniel Alvarez-Orlachia won the 1600 meters and was second in the 1000 and the 3200. Tristin Ellard placed sixth in the 1000 and 1600, while Elvis Vega was fourth in the 1600. Erick Ramirez placed fifth in the 3200 and ninth in the 1600. Central’s team in the boys’ 4×400 relay was second.
For the Surry Central girls, Citlali Salazar was third in the 1000 and fourth in the 1600. Katarina Olchowoj was seventh in the 1600 and Emily Jaramillo eighth. Lora McDevitt placed third in the 3200, and Jaramillo was third in the 500.
North Surry’s event wins came in the boys’ 4×800 relay and a sweep of the shot put, with Brooklyn Woodbury winning for the girls and Ryan Eldridge for the boys. Other finishers for the Hound boys were Pedro Galeana, Isreal Hernandez and Alexis Cortes, who finished fifth, seventh and ninth in the 1000, respectively; Josh Conner, who was 12th in the 1600; Jeremiah Griffin, Isaiah Griffin and Tyler Cook, fourth, fifth and 13th in the 300; David Martinez and Kevin Hernandez, sixth and seventh in the 500; Tony Burrows, second in the 55 hurdles; Jeremiah Griffin, Lashaud Moore and Isaiah Griffin, fourth, sixth and seventh in the 55 hurdles; and Moore was also third in the long jump and second in the triple jump. North Surry’s boys’ 4×200 relay team placed third.
The Lady Hounds were well-represented in the girls’ 55 hurdles, with Kaniah Robinson, Leslie Ramirez and Sam Spencer finishing 4-5-6. Robinson was third in the long jump as well.
For Mount Airy’s boys, Grayson Corbin won the long jump and placed second in the triple jump, Cordell France won the men’s 300 meters, and Gabriel King took first place in the shot put. For the girls, Tatyana Long won the shot with Tanesha Smith second, and Jessica Bevard was second in both the triple jump and the long jump.