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Sports · March 11, 2015

Kettle Run’s consistency puts teams in good standing

Photo/Greg VanNostrand
Kettle Run's Geneva Door started the Cougar girls scoring Tuesday with a fourth in the shot put.
Photo/Greg VanNostrand
Chardane Logan takes off in the third leg of Kettle Run's 1,600-relay race after receiving baton from Sam Gimon. The Cougar girls finished last of 12 teams but ran close to their season-best time in the event.
Photo/Greg VanNostrand
Reeece Cooke finished sixth in the boys 300.
I actually have thrown farther in indoor this year and I know I will throw farther once we get outside. I’ve come a long ways since freshman year and want to place higher next year.
— Kettle Run junior girls shot-putter Geneva Door
Virginia 3A indoor track and field championship
Tolmas Center, Liberty University, Lynchburg
March 9-10, 2015


Boys

1. Lafayette
77 points

2. William Byrd
46 points

3. Blacksburg
45 points

4. Western Albemarle
43 points

5. Heritage-Lynchburg
36 points

14. Kettle Run
16 points



Girls

1. Blacksburg
123 points

2. Lafayette
116 points

3. Western Albemarle
67 points

4. Heritage-Lynchburg
41 points

5. Armstrong
35 points

19. Kettle Run
6 points (tie)
Photos by Greg VanNostrand

Consistency best describes Kettle Run’s indoor track teams.

The Cougar boys and girls proved that earlier this week at the Virginia 3A Track and Field Championship in Lynchburg.

Seven Kettle Run athletes earned all-state status and the two-day event held at Liberty University’s Tolmas Track Center.

Team-wise, the Cougars produced respectable numbers.

The boys finished 14th out of 32 scoring teams with a total of 16 points.

The girls finished tied for 19th place out of 27 teams. The Lady Cougars scored six team points along with Brookville High School.

Perhaps the biggest surprise came in girls’ shot put when Geneva Door finished fourth. The junior threw the shot 35-feet.

“Geneva came in seeded fifth, so we are very pleased with her result,” Cougars assistant Coach Wil Yancey said.

Door, however, said she could improve.

“I actually have thrown farther in indoor this year and I know I will throw farther once we get outside,” Door said. “I’ve come a long ways since freshman year and want to place higher next year.”

Ryon Connery provided Kettle Run with another fourth-place finish.

The senior sported a 1:10.40 out of the fastest of four heats.

“His time was right on his best,” Kettle Run head Coach Nikki Jenkins said. “We’re fortunate he even ran. Ryon fractured his shin early in the year and had been out six to eight weeks.”

Coach Jenkins went on to add getting Connery back to compete in indoor track was a blessing.

“If he had bypassed winter track and came out for spring track, he’d be so far behind,” Coach Jenkins said.

Kaleb Bland picked up a fifth in the shot put, Monday. The boys’ 3,200-relay team took a firth Tuesday with a time of 8:18.86.

“This is Kaleb’s first time doing shot put,” Coach Jenkins said of the junior.

That time was more than 15 seconds slower than Lafayette’s record-breaking time but the team (Ryon, Dylan Cooke, Daniel LaFever and Reece Cooke) took it in stride.

Reece Cooke’s sixth-place finish (37.42) in the 300 brought a smile to Coach Jenkins.

“Reece had an outstanding race,” Coach Jenkins said. “He ran in the slowest of four heats and still managed to give us points.”

Chardane Logan produced the Cougars final point, scoring an eighth-place (1:25.45) in the girls’ 500.

Running in the middle of three heats, Logan was off her qualifying time but Coach Jenkins still had high praise for the junior.

“We were hoping for a top-eight for Chardane and got it,” Coach Jenkins said.

The veteran coach added the entire team did well despite a gap of nearly a month since the regular season finished.

“We didn’t have a conference meet because of snow. We didn’t have a regional meet either. Yet the kids continued to practice and train hard in less than good conditions and came through the past two days.

“A coach could easily lower expectations with all the cancellations but I actually have increased mine. It’s been an incredible 24 hours.”
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