Steady progress in Panthers track and field

On paper, the results count.

In reality, Rappahannock County High School track and field coach Scott Stephens considers every weekly meet to be another scrimmage.

“A lot of teams will peak early,” Stephens said. “We have it worked out that our kids will peak at districts.”

Last Wednesday afternoon (April 6), the Panthers competed in their first official quad meet of the season. The girls totaled 21 points and finished ahead of Group AA Skyline.

The boys, meanwhile, got five points in the meet that also featured Group AA Warren County and Group A Bull Run District rival Strasburg.

On the girls’ side, Rappahannock County got strong performances from seniors Joslyn Smith, Ashley Armor and Katie Hartman and junior Amber Streightiff.

Smith and Armor finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-meter dash with times of 13. 1 seconds and 14.1. They took fourth and fifth in the 200, with Smith clocking 27.9, while Armor had a 30.3.

Smith also took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet 4 inches.

Hartman was third in the high jump at 4 feet 2 inches and fifth in the 400 (1:15.8). Streightiff was third in the 300 hurdles (1:04.8) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (22.6).

Freshman Rita Cliffton had a third-place finish in the 400 (1:12.9).

On the boys’ side, only three runners garnered points for the Panthers.

Sophomore Seth Wayland took fourth in the 400 (57.8). Freshman Danny Collins was fourth in the 3200 (11:24), while sophomore Matt Beck (11:41) was fifth.

Stephens seemed pleased with the overall performances given by his Panthers.

“All the times dramatically decreased,” he added. “We’re just looking for improvement with every meet.”

The Panthers were to return to action this Wednesday, as they hosted Strasburg. The results will be in next week’s Rappahannock News.

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