What a difference finishing sixth can make in the scoring.
Rappahannock County High School’s track and field team learned that placing one spot out of the top five means a loss of points.
And a loss of points can translate into a tough afternoon.
“We had a couple of people finish one spot away. We also had a couple of places where a JV (junior varsity) runner would place, and those points did not count,” Rappahannock County head coach Scott Stephens said. “We also didn’t have teams to compete (because of a lack of numbers). That makes all the difference.”
Still, the Panther boys finished with 10 points last Wednesday afternoon (April 6). They beat Randolph Macon Academy, but lost to Manassas Park and Page County.
Meanwhile, the Rappahannock County girls rolled up 16 points but finished fourth to Manassas Park, Page County and RMA.
The Panthers were having optional practices this week, as Rappahannock County schools are on spring break. They return to action April 27 as they travel to Clarke County for a Bull Run District meet.
Last Wednesday, Rappahannock County got nice performances from sophomores Matt Beck and Seth Wayland and freshman Danny Collins. Beck finished fifth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11 minutes 54 seconds. Wayland turned in a fourth-place time of 59.1 seconds in the 400 and 5 minutes 13 seconds in the 1600 for a fifth-place slot. Collins had a third in the 1600 with a personal-best time of 11 minutes 20 seconds and a fourth in the 1600 with a time of 5 minutes 10 seconds.
On the girls’ side, senior Joslyn Smith had a good day for the Panthers. She finished third in the long jump at 14 feet 4 inches and fourth in the 100 with a 14.05. Junior Amber Streightiff took fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles at 21.51. Freshman Rita Cliffton was fourth in the 800 (2 minutes 58 seconds) and 1600 (6 minutes 41 seconds).
Sara Garcia, who is just a sixth grader at Rappahannock County Elementary School and a member of the JV team, had a strong performance, as she placed third in the 300-meter hurdles.
Stephens expressed his thanks to all the Rappahannock County faculty members and team parents who helped to keep the meet running in a timely matter as the wind increased and temperatures dropped.
A meet with four teams can run between four and five hours.
“Without those people, the meet would not happen, because they keep track of the teams and run all the events,” he added.