Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 9, 2013

Haysi, Grundy claim Black Diamond District titles

GRUNDY, Va. — It was hard to tell who was in a bigger hurry, the Haysi seniors anxious to begin their senior trip or BDD officials, anxious to beat the rain.

Both accomplished their mission.

The Haysi boys captured their 17th consecutive Black Diamond District track and field championship, while the Grundy girls ended the Haysi girls’ five-year run at the top of the team leader board Wednesday at Nelson Memorial Field.

There was a narrow window of opportunity to squeeze in the meet during a break in the otherwise relentless rain that has plagued the area this week and Grundy officials kept things moving at a brisk pace.

While the events were over and done with quickly the wet, cool conditions hampered times and marks, but not the spirit of the Haysi boys.

The Tigers are expected to win, by current coach Mike Owens and longtime former coach James Colley, who attended Wednesday’s BDD championships.

Led by Tanner O’Quinn, Jeffrey Bowen and senior Heath Mullins, who won both the long jump and the 400 meter dash, Haysi did not disappoint.

“There’s a lot of pressure, not just from coach Owens but from coach Colley, too, he stays on us to do well,” said O’Quinn, who won both hurdles and tied Honaker’s Brent Coleman for the high jump title. “Me and Heath Mullins and Jeffery, we’re right there in speed.

“We push each other in all the time. When it comes to practice we’re against each other, but when it comes to meets we’re for each other.”

The athletic Bowen won three events and was ecstatic just to be a part of a championship team in his first year at Haysi. He transferred there after competing the previous two springs for Ervinton, which shut its doors last summer.

“It means a lot to me to win,” Bowen said. “I never had anyone who could run with me before.”

Bowen won the 100 with a time of 11.62 seconds and added wins in the 200 and the triple jump. Bowen, O’Quinn and Mullins finished 1-2-3 in the latter event for the Tigers, and it’s not the first time.

Jon Boyd added a win for Haysi in the discus. Honaker’s Jon Ritchie won the shot put.

Grundy picked up three wins, two by Dylan Raines, who took the 800 and 1600 meters. Teammate Benjamin Compton won the 3200 meter run.

In the girls meet Haysi’s Erin Hyden won all three jumps, the high, long and triple, while teammate Maggie Edwards notched her third straight win in the 400 and her second straight in the 800 meter run. It wasn’t enough, however, for the Lady Tigers to overcome Grundy’s depth.

Morgan Hall (shot, discus) earned the only individual wins for the Golden Wave, but depth won the day.

Grundy had multiple placers in several events to win just the second district title in school history. The Wave won the Southwest District once and finished second last year in its first season in the BDD.

“Depth, that’s how we won,” Grundy coach Craig Plymal said. “We got a lot of seconds and thirds and fourths. We had four of the top six spots in the discus.

“We didn’t get 10 points a lot (for first place), but we got a lot of eights and sixes and fours. It was a consolidation of sports, too. We had a lot of girls from soccer and softball and basketball and they all contributed.”

Honaker’s Kaitlen Hubbard matched Hyden with three wins, taking the high hurdles and the 100 and 200 meters.

Hurley’s Rachel McCoy was one of the better stories of the day. McCoy, who struggled to qualify in events last season, won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.  Twin Valley’s Megan Meadows won the 300 meter hurdles and placed second in the high hurdles.

The top six place-winners in each individual event qualify for the Region D championships May 18 at Eastside.


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