PEARISBURG — Ethan Moore had his baseball season cut short due to a broken wrist.
Luckily, it was his left wrist. His right arm worked just fine here last Wednesday.
Moore uncorked a shot put of 44 feet, 7 inches and won the Class 1, Region C title at Giles High School.
The Highland High School senior will lead an area group of five athletes to the Class 1 state championships Friday and Saturday at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.
Ram classmate Colton Williams qualified in two events — shot put (2nd, 44-2½) and 200-meters (23.76) — Bath County’s Natalie White placed third and will move on in the 1,600-meters (6:00.43), and the Covington duo of Desmond Jordan (2nd, 110-meter hurdles, 16.83) and Purcel Turner (4th, high jump, 5-8) also earned trips to JMU.
Moore edged Williams for the shot put region championship and is seeded eighth among the Class 1 throwers.
“Ethan walks away as the region champion two weeks out of wrist surgery on his opposite wrist obviously,” said HHS coach Colby Jackson. “Colton set a new school record in the long jump (19-9) and immediately went up to shot put and threw a 44-foot, 2-inch throw to put himself in second place.”
Williams is seeded 11th among 19 competing in the state shot put and 12th out of 15 in the 200-meters.
“I thought the regional performance was great for our two seniors,” Jackson added. “They showed up and had their best days thus far. I’m extremely proud of those two young men.”
Highland’s Jazmine Douglas just missed a return to trip to the state in the 100-meters, finishing fifth, just .04 seconds out of fourth and a state berth.
“She is bummed out, but I have no doubt she’ll be back better than ever next year,” Jackson said. “For our kids who did not get the chance to qualify for states, I’m extremely proud of the work they put in this year. They all qualified for regionals this year and that’s a huge improvement from last year. We will continue to build on what we’ve been working on throughout the year. I’m looking forward to everyone returning for another strong year next year.”
Bath County’s two-person, 1,600-meter team included White and Aiden Sensabaugh, who both progressed throughout the year in their first track season.
White is seeded ninth out of 14 runners on the state 1,600-meter performance list.
“I was very pleased with the kids’ performance,” said Natalie’s father and BCHS coach Jeremy White. “Aiden had a sixth-place finish, which was good for a regional medal. He did very well in spite of not feeling well. Natalie had a third-place finish and beat two competitors who had bested her at districts. Natalie moves on to states where she is looking to break the six-minute mark. She needs to drop her best time by half a second.”
Turner and Jordan will be the last Covington High School student-athletes to ever compete in the rich history of the school over the weekend.
Turner is making his second trip to the state meet and is seeded 18th out of 21 jumpers, while Jordan, a freshman, is ranked 10th of 17 in the high hurdles after his season best runner-up time at the regionals.
“Congratulations to Purcel and Desmond for qualifying for states next week at JMU,” said Cougar coach Ly’chelle Hall. “They have worked hard this season to get there. Elijah Fasig reached his personal record in the 400. So proud of these guys.”
Action at the state meet starts at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Girls’ team scores
1. Auburn, 168; 2. Giles, 96; 3. George Wythe, 56; 4. Fort Chiswell, 47; 5. Eastern Montgomery, 44; 6. Grayson County, 37; 7. Narrows, 31; 8. Galax, 21; 9. Parry McCluer, 18; 10. Bath County, 6; 11. Highland, 2
Area girls’ summary
• 100-meter dash: 5. Jazmine Douglas (H), 13.70; 8. Colleen Adams (H), 14.50; 9. Zalea Good (H), 14.71
• 200-meter dash: 8. Jazmine Douglas (H), 29.06
• 400-meter dash: 11. Zalea Good (H), 1:15.65
• 1,600-meter run: 3. Natalie White (BC), 6:00.43
• High jump: 10. Colleen Adams (H), 4-2
• Long jump: 9. Jazmine Douglas (H), 13-6; 11. Zalea Good (H), 13-1
• BCHS point totals: Natalie White, 6
• HHS point totals: Jazmine Douglas, 2
Boys’ team scores
1. Auburn, 111; 2. Narrows, 109; 3. George Wythe, 66; 4. Giles, 56; 5. Eastern Montgomery, 49; 6. Fort Chiswell, 29; 7. Galax, 27; 8. Parry McCluer, 26; 9. Highland, 25; 10. Covington, 12; 11. Craig County, 10; T12. Grayson County, Bath County and Bland County, 1
Area boys’ summary
• 200-meter dash: 4. Colton Williams (H), 23.76
• 400-meter dash: 8. Elijah Fasig (C), 56.13
• 1,600-meter run: 6. Aiden Sensabaugh (BC), 5:30.12
• 110-meter hurdles: 2. Desmond Jordan (C), 16.83
• 4x100-meter relay: 7. Highland (Zach Armstrong, Elijah Good, Eli Moore, Colton Williams), 49.06
• High jump: 4. Purcel Turner (C), 5-8
• Long jump: T4. Colton Williams (H), 19-9; 10. Purcel Turner (C), 18-3
• Triple jump: 7. Purcel Turner (C), 38-6
• Shot put: 1. Ethan Moore (H), 44-7; 2. Colton Williams (H), 44-2½; 15. Cash Chambers (H), 33-5
• Discus: 10. John Wagner (H), 99-4
• HHS point totals: Colton Williams, 15; Ethan Moore, 10
• CHS point totals: Desmond Jordan, 8; Purcel Turner, 4
• BCHS point totals: Aiden Sensabaugh, 1