CANNONSBURG: With nearly 200 points, Ashland’s girls lapped the field in the Rice-Stacey Track and Field Classic on Saturday at Tom Scott Field.
At the other extreme, the boys’ championship was still up for grabs with only the 4 x 400 relay and discus left to score.
Senior Brandon Burroughs gave host Boyd County a boost in both events as the Lions edged Russell 138-132 for the top spot.
“It feels awesome,” said Boyd County coach Clayton McClelland. “We had a great meet today. I do believe it’s probably been about 30 years since the boys have won this meet.”
Former Boyd County girls coach Bob Stacey, who again helped officiate the meet, couldn’t recall the last time it happened.
The Lions nearly had the title last year, but a scoring error detected after the meet lifted Raceland into first place.
Burroughs did his part Saturday with the title hanging in the balance. A 200-pound fullback on the football team, Burroughs pounded his way around the oval for a PR split of 56 seconds on the third leg of the 4x400 relay. Boyd County’s quartet of Burroughs, Cameron Taylor, Ray Humphrey and Myles Young finished third in the event behind Raceland and Chesapeake.
“We beat Russell by one spot, which was pretty good,” said Burroughs, who then returned to the discus competition and placed fifth with a throw of 111 feet, 4.5 inches.
Meanwhile, senior teammate Hunter Kenser delivered a surprise third place in the discus — good for six points — despite being a newcomer to the event.
“Hunter really had just learned to throw in the past week,” McClelland said. “He hadn’t even done that (117-2) in practice. That’s the kind of thing we needed. You can plan all you want. You need an extra bounce to go your way.”
Burroughs smiled when asked about Kenser, a 6-foot-5 basketball standout who signed with University of Charleston on Thursday.
“He’s tall and has those long arms,” Burroughs said. “He just chucked one. If he had been doing this since freshman year, he would be throwing 140 (feet). If both of us get to go to state, that would be awesome.”
Kenser has experience in the shot put, including a fourth place Saturday.
Boyd County’s big guns helped pave the way on a warm and breezy day. Junior Reese Robinson repeated as high-point winner in the boys division with 31. He cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump and also won the triple jump at 41-4 — half an inch better than West Carter’s Christian Rivers.
Additionally, Robinson finished runner-up in the long jump and sixth in the 100-meter dash.
“I wanted that (high-point award),” he said. “That’s what I try to do every meet. Most of all, I’m happy for our team. We’ve been close to winning for several years and this was our year to do it. We’re getting better as we go along.”
Boyd County put its distance strength on display. Elijah Miller won the 1,600 and 3,200 races, with teammate Eric Sparks placing third and fourth in those events. Russell’s Jax Downs pulled alongside Miller going into the final turn of the 1,600, but Miller responded with a strong kick down the stretch to create some separation.
Humphrey placed second in the 800 and joined Miller, Sparks and Isaac Slone on Boyd County’s 4 x 800 runner-up team.
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