Western girls indoor track wins Class 3 state title

Powered by a huge performance by Zoe Clay, Western Albemarle’s girls indoor track team won its second straight indoor state title Saturday in Roanoke, edging second place Phoebus 92.5 to 86.


Clay double dipped with individual state championships in the 1600 and 3200 while also anchoring the 4×800 relay squad that won an event title.


Julia Berg added another individual event title with a win in the 1000 and also ran a leg of that 4×800 squad. Western also added a sixth in the 4×400 and seventh in the 4×200.


From there, the Warriors’ depth and versatility helped them take control. Katrine Berg took fourth in both the 500 and triple jump while Caroline McGahren took fifth in the 1600 and seventh in the 1000. Alyssa Santoro-Adajian went fourth in the 1600 and eighth in the 1000. Kate Ratcliffe grabbed sixth place in the 1600 and the high jump and Kate de Jong took fourth in the 55-meter hurdles and seventh in the long jump.


Rounding out a complete team effort, Emily Winder finished eighth in the 3200, Reagan Burton took fourth in the pole vault, Melina Punsalan grabbed sixth in the pole vault and Leah Ackerman took fifth in the shot put.


Fluvanna County placed sixth as a team on the girls side led by a third place finish in the 4×800 relay. Emily Smeds had a strong day, finishing third in the 1600 and fourth in 3200 while Kristen Cabrera took fifth in the 1000 and Saige Haney took sixth in the 3200 and seventh in the 1600. The Flucos piled up points in the pole vault too with runner-up Amina Wilson followed immediately by third-place finisher Ashlee Pieno.


Monticello’s Lilly Linneweber took fifth in the 3200.