HARRISONBURG -- Turner Ashby High School's graduation ceremony helped ease Tanner Clark's nerves on Saturday, but the accomplishment barely registered in his brain as he was squarely focused on the 3A track meet later that day. Maybe now he can let graduating finally sink in, after winning a state title.
Clark won the 400-meter dash in 49.75 seconds after a neck-and-neck stretch at the finish line between him and Southampton senior Devine Fenner, who came across just eight hundredths of a second later. Clark and Fenner accidentally collided just after finishing, sending both runners to the ground.
Clark, who had the best seed time going into the 400, was the only Harrisonburg/Rockingham County champion on Day 2 of the 3A/4A state track meet at Harrisonburg High School. Broadway junior Timothy Miller won the 3A pole vault title on Friday (13-06).
TA placed 12th out of 37 teams with 21 points, just ahead of Broadway in 13th (19) and Spotswood, which tied for 15th (16). Christiansburg won the 3A championship 70-61 over runner-up Blacksburg.
Spotswood junior Elijah Haag earned a pair of runner-up finishes in the 110 and 300 hurdles. In the final straightaway of the 300, Haag appeared to have the lead until Blacksburg senior Ryan Sims passed him near the final obstacle to win in 39.19 seconds. Haag finished in 39.41.
E.C. Glass took the 4A boys' title convincingly with 97 points, and Nansemond River (103) rolled to the 4A girls' title.
Blacksburg won the 3A girls' championship 85-73 over Lafayette, while Broadway finished tied for 24th among 34 teams with five points.