The weather outside was frigid, but a handful of Surry County high school athletes burned up Winston-Salem’s JDL Fast Track on Saturday during the NCHSAA 1-A/2-A indoor track championships.
Dozens of local social media accounts lit up that day as Mount Airy’s girls 1600-meter relay team of Madeline Mayfield, Jo Snow, Jessica Bevard and Shalin Reeves, and Surry Central’s Daniel Alvarez-Orlachia raced to gold medals.
Alvarez-Orlachia’s championship-winning effort came in the boys’ 1000-meter run, and he did it in style. His time of 2:36.35 set a new 1-A/2-A state record, previously held by former Central Academy and current Queens University standout Elijah Inuwa.
“Daniel qualified in the 500, 1000, 1600, and 3200. Our plan throughout the season had been to focus on the 1000,” said Surry Central track coach Jason Bryant. “That could’t have gone any better today. Daniel ran a great race, working on positioning throughout the first three laps. The others were out fast on the first lap and Daniel was toward the back, which was right on pace. The next two laps had him working through tight spaces around the other racers to get into position to compete for the win.
“Daniel moved into the lead on the fourth of the five laps, moved hard with 200 to go and as expected. Sean Doyle of Polk County responded pulling shoulder to shoulder for the final 80 yards. Daniel did a great job of holding position around the curve and holding form though the line.”
However, Alvarez-Orlachia and the Mount Airy quartet weren’t the only ones to excel during the course of the day-long event, which took place at the same that other local athletes were earning medals in the state swimming finals in Cary and in the West regionals for wrestling in Greensboro.
The Granite Bears’ Gabriel King, perhaps better known for his strong play on the Mount Airy football team, claimed a silver medal in the boys’ shot put. Teammate Grayson Corbin finished eighth in the boys’ triple jump and 15th in the long jump, and the Lady Bears’ Tatyana Long came in 14th-place in the girls’ shot put. Bevard also competed in the girls’ long jump (12th place) and triple jump (seventh place).
For the Golden Eagles, Tyler Fitzgerald took home a silver medal in the boys’ pole vault. Luis Salazar took 14th in the boys’ triple jump in his last indoor track appearance for Surry Central, while Elvis Vega scored a 15th-place finish in the boys’ 1600-meter run and an 18th-place result in the 3200-meter run.
“I was very proud of Elvis in qualifying,” said Bryant. “He worked hard to be an indoor state meet qualifier, and it is rewarding when you see someones work produce results. Tyler earned all-state again. He has progressed well year to year and is looking for bigger things to come.”
North Surry’s Brooklyn Woodbury earned a team point for the Lady Greyhounds with her 16th-place performance in the girls’ shot put, sending the shot 27 feet and 10.5 inches in the final round.