Indoor Track - Class 4 state track championships

SALEM — Handley senior Taylor Beard won her fourth consecutive girls' high jump state title and Sherando senior Isaiah Allen won the shot put for his first career state title at the Class 4 indoor track & field meet on Friday at Roanoke College.

Beard won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 9 inches, breaking the meet record of 5-8 she set last year. She won the event by seven inches over Blacksburg's Ellie St. Martin (5-2).

Sherando senior Isaiah Allen won the shot put with a mark of 57-11, which topped runner-up Devin Chambliss of King's Fork by more than three feet.

The top six people in each event earn medals and all-state honors.

Louisa leads the men's competition after the first day with 16 points. Amherst County is second with 15, Sherando is tied for third with 10 and Handley is tied for 10th with 7 points.

Blacksburg leads the girls' competition with 18 points. E.C. Glass is second with 17, Handley is fourth with 10 and James Wood is tied for seventh with 6.

Action will conclude today at Roanoke College with events beginning at 11:30 a.m. The top eight people in the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles preliminaries on Friday qualified for today's finals.

Leaders — Handley: Boys: 5. Jack Armel (pole vault, 13-6); 6. Quinton Newman (shot put, 49-3); 9. Jayden Vardaro (55, 6.67); 10. Miles Ashe, 6.68); 10. Jack Armel (55 hurdles, 8.34);

James Wood: Girls: 3. Brooke Sandy (high jump, 5-2); Boys: 9. Logan Owens, 41-6.5.

Millbrook: Girls: 9. Sarah Purdy (high jump, 5-0); 9. 4x800 (Maddie Lloyd, Madison Smith, Emily Muldowney, Kaycee Cox-Philyaw) 10:27.02;

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