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February 17, 2018


2/11/2018 9:20:00 AM
Thompson, Drennen Earn State Berths
STATE QUALIFIERS — Alleghany’s Maggie Thompson and Cedric Drennen both qualified for the Class 3 state championship indoor track meet February 23-24 at Roanoke College. (Photo Courtesy of Seth Davis)
STATE QUALIFIERS — Alleghany’s Maggie Thompson and Cedric Drennen both qualified for the Class 3 state championship indoor track meet February 23-24 at Roanoke College. (Photo Courtesy of Seth Davis)

LYNCHBURG — Maggie Thompson jumped her way to the state meet.

Cedric Drennen got it done with his distance running.

Both Alleghany standouts had big performances Thursday at the Class 3, Region D indoor track championships at Liberty University.

Thompson, a junior, finished second in the triple jump (32-7) and third in the long jump (14-10), while Drennen, a senior, placed second in both the 1,600 meters (4:34.22) and 3,200 meters (10:02.87).

All four state qualifying efforts were personal bests for the twosome.

“Cedric is another in the long line of distance runners that have had a lot of success at Alleghany,” said AHS coach Bob Umstead. “He is a very hard worker. Maggie, I really believe her future is very, very bright.”

Drennen scored 16 of the Mountaineers’ 18 team points in boys competition, good for seventh in the 10-team field.

Erik Honaker, Andrew Peck, Mason Honaker and Jeffrey Harris — all freshmen — combined for the other two points with a fifth place finish in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

Thompson scored all 14 of Alleghany’s girls points, placing them ninth.

Christiansburg ran away with the girls team title and nipped Cave Spring, 115-111, for the boys championship.

The Class 3 state championship meet will be held February 23-24 at Roanoke College.





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