Crytser’s 1600 Title Headlines Breakthrough State Meet for Track
By Andrew Stoddard
On a wet and stormy weekend in Harrisonburg that saw multiple rain delays, the Hanover Track and Field team put on a show at the VHSL 4A State Championships on Sunday, June 3 that was well worth the wait.
Without question, the highlight of the meet was sophomore Rachel Crytser claiming the state championship in the girls 1600 with an official time of 5:09.62. Crytser led for the vast majority of the race, fending off challenges from second and third place finishers Jette Davidson of E.C. Glass and Savannah Roark of Courtland. Crytser becomes only the second individual state track champion in school history, joining Taylor McCormick (2014, triple jump).
Crytser was far from the only Hawk athlete to shine amidst the clouds in Harrisonburg. The girls’ 4 X 100 meter relay team of Kayvon Bagby, Morgan Crocker, Deysia Oakcrum, and Morgan Ferguson were runners-up (50.69) behind the team of Heritage from Newport News (49.76). Likewise, the boys’ 4 X 400 meter relay team of DJ Sims, Khalil Reid, Cole Myers, and Joel Bowers also finished as runners-up in the state with a time of 3:27.91, behind Liberty Christian Academy’s 3:26.65. The third and final runner-up finish for the Hawks came courtesy of sophomore Makenzie Joiner, who finished second in the girls 400 with a time of 59.07, behind Grace Boone of Pulaski County (56.63).
Other notable performances for the Hawks include:
- Makenzie Joiner and Rachel Crytser finishing third and fourth respectively in the girls 800 meters
- Kayvon Bagby finishing fourth in the girls 100 meter hurdles
- Deysia Oakcrum finishing sixth in the girls long jump
- Cole Myers finishing seventh in the boys 800 meters
- The girls’ 4 X 400 meter relay team of Jazmin Wingfield, Rachel Crytser, Sidney Chesley and Makenzie Joiner finishing eighth.
The girls’ and boys’ pole vault were not contested this weekend due to unsafe conditions in the pole vault pit as a result of the inclement weather. Those events have been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 6 at 11am at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. Joey Badalamenti, Madi Harris and Elizabeth Meeks are scheduled to compete for the Hawks in the pole vault.
Photos provided by Izaiah Bowers and Tim Crytser