Asheville, Roberson win Blue Ridge titles

Asheville, Roberson win Blue Ridge titles


Asheville, Roberson win Blue Ridge titles



Roberson sophomore Anastasia Soule and a handful of teammates competed 24 hours before the Blue Ridge Classic in a different state.

It didn’t show Saturday.

Soule looked fresh and rested as she sped around Reynolds’ track to win the 800-meter run (2 minutes, 27.95 seconds) and 1,600-meter run (5:21.94).

Those individual victories combined with others from Arianna Whiteside (200-meter dash, 25.80), Brittany Crawley (400-meter run, 1:01.11) and Brooke Gordon (3,200-meter run, 11:24.56) helped the Rams (157 points) easily take the Blue Ridge team championship over runner-up Fauquier, Va. (107.5).

Whiteside was named the girls meet’s most valuable performer for track events.

Asheville High (105) won the boys team title, with Roberson (79) coming in second.

Soule, Gordon, Lily Anderson and Casey Greenwalt pulled double duty this weekend. The foursome took first place in the distance-medley Friday night at the Tri-Cities Track Classic in Johnson City, Tenn.

“I’m very pleased with my performance. It was unexpected,” Soule said of Saturday’s meet. “I was surprised. But it was great to see everyone run so well. The conditions were excellent.”

Roberson’s girls won two relays — the 800 meters (1:46.92) and 3,200 meters (10:12.22).

Mariah Richardson reached the finish line first in the 100-meter hurdles (16.30) for the host Rockets, who also won the 400-meter relay (51.45).

North Buncombe’s girls capped the meet by taking first place in the 1,600-meter relay (4:14.63). The Black Hawks will host the Mountain Athletic Conference meet Wednesday.

Saturday’s weather was unseasonably cool, but it did not do much to affect the throwing of Hendersonville senior Hailey Cook or Reynolds senior Chris Cubra.

Cook, who has signed with Western Carolina University, threw 42 feet, 2 inches in the shot put and also won the discus (135-7). Likewise for Cubra, who will continue his career at Brown. He tossed the shot 55-7 and the discus 150-9.

Cook was named the girls meet’s most valuable field events performer. Her shot put mark, as well as the one for Cubra, were meet records.

“It’s a good relief,” Cubra said. “I think it was my fifth throw, so it took a little while to get it. But it’s a good feeling. I’m definitely looking forward to everything with regionals and state coming up.”

Brandon Washington (300-meter hurdles, 39.64) and Noah Tyson (triple jump, 43-8.25) gave the Asheville boys their individual victories.

The Cougars also brought home gold medals in the 400-meter relay (43.71) and 800-meter relay (1:31.82).

Asheville sophomore Mekhi McGuyver, who is the younger brother of former Cougars state champion Daisaun White, was named the boys meet’s most valuable field events athlete.

McGuyver was runner-up in the long jump (21-2) and triple jump (43-6.75) and came in third in the high jump (5-10).

“It means a lot to get something like this,” McGuyver said of his MVP plaque. “I think my brother has at least five of these at home. I’m trying to catch him.”

As expected, Roberson’s Drew Barker won the 110-meter hurdles (14.65), and Hendersonville’s Grant Rivers cleared 6-4 to take a gold medal in the high jump.

Rivers has signed with N.C. State.

Mitchell’s Zach Boone had the distinction of winning Saturday’s first event, the 3,200-meter run, in 9:42.25.

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