It was a balmy Thursday evening at Amherst County High School as the Dan River Track teams participated in the 2019 Region 2C Outdoor Track Championships. Dan River would have a decent showing as the boys placed sixth overall, despite not winning a single event. Floyd County won the boy's region title while Giles was crowned champion of the girls. The top four individuals and relays - along with anyone achieving a state qualifying standard - advanced to next week's state championships at East Rockingham High School in Elkton on May 31 and June 1.
The Wildcats were close on four occasions to bringing home a region champion. Sophomore Jorden Price cleared a personal record of 6'2" in the high jump to earn second place. Trá Womack finished second in the 100 meter dash at 11.67. Malcolm Groom (51.66 PR) led for most of the 400 meter dash only to be edged out at the line by Radford's JW Bethea (51.45).Womack, Price, Groom, and leadoff leg Tracy Glass ran a season-best time of 3:38 to take second in the region in the 1600-meter relay. Glass just missed out on making states in the 200 as his time of 23.91 placed him fifth while Price took seventh in the 400. DR's 400 meter relay had to re-run their race at the end of the meet as they won their appeal due to interference; however the Wildcats would finish in sixth place and not qualify for state. AC Biagioni (discus), Torey Wimbush (shotput), Javier Ellis (high jump), and Demetrius Thomas (110 hurdles) each placed eighth for the Wildcats.
Dan River's 3200-meter relay team had the best finish of the day on the girl's side. Jade and Jayla Marable, Breanna Martin, and Tomi McGinnis ran a solid race, placing third (11:31) and qualifying for the state meet for the second straight season. The Wildcats' 1600 meter relay ran a season-best 4:45, but finished in sixth place. Freshman Alyssa McFalls placed sixth in the 3200, while Kortni Fitz (discus), Jayla Marable (300 hurdles), Shamyra Richardson (high jump), and shot putters Kayla Deshazor & Makiyah Hardy placed eighth in their events.