Brookville boys, Heritage girls seek additional rewards
Lynchburg News & Advance
Friday, February 22, 2008
Snow in the forecast for the Harrisonburg area threatened to postpone today's Region III indoor track and field meet at Heritage High School. If the Southern Valley District teams are unable to travel, the event will be held Sunday.

As of Friday night, however, the meet was still scheduled to be held today.

The pole vault is scheduled to get under way at 10 a.m. with the rest of the field events starting at 11 a.m. and the running events at noon.

Brookville's girls and Heritage's boys teams, which captured Seminole District titles last Saturday at Heritage, should be in the running for regional crowns as well.

"We want to keep rolling through the region to prepare for the state meet and do what we have to do," said Heritage junior Dakota Pellman, who won the 300- and 600-yard runs at the district meet. "It's definitely going to be a great field (of competition, but) we're all peaking at the right time and everybody's bringing their times down and stepping up."

In a new Region III alignment, the Southern Valley District replaces the River Ridge District this year, so Blacksburg is no longer in the mix.

Besides Harrisonburg, the defending Group AA outdoor state champions, Brookville, the defending Region III and Group AA indoor state champions, should also contend for the boys title.

"Harrisonburg's going to be tough," Brookville coach Ramsey Moore said. "They get a lot of points out of the distance events, like Blacksburg did. They're obviously a formidable opponent, along with Heritage, since they beat us last week."

He believes the Bees will be in the running and it could come down to the meet-ending 1,600 relay.

"I'm excited about the meet," Moore said. "Our boys definitely are underdogs and nobody expects our boys to win, but I think we have the capability to win if things fall into place for us. We just need to worry about what we're going to do individually and the points will take care of themselves. We need Ethan Nixon to start doing a little better on the jumps, so he can have confidence at the state meet."

Most of the Bees don't have the pressure of trying to qualify for state with top-six individual finishes today.

"Most everybody has already qualified for state through invitationals," other than that (1,600) relay that we hope to get in there," Moore said.

For the girls, Brookville is the overall favorite, with Amherst, Heritage and Jefferson Forest giving chase.

"Our girls team probably has a good chance to win the region this year," Moore said. "They will have to perform at a high level but I suspect they can do that.

"We need Shelly Parker and Janel Reeves to run at their best level because they need to start peaking for the state meet."