It took three days, but the Class 4 state track meet was finally completed Sunday in the rain. The Loudoun Valley boys and E.C. Glass girls won team state championships while the Byrd girls were 31st and the boys were 36th.
On Friday, after only a few events were completed, the meet was postponed due to severe weather. Saturday, after completing a few events, the meet was postponed again due to rain, lightening and flooding. It was announced at that time the meet would start on Sunday at 8:30 am with hopes to complete it in one day, and on Sunday the meet resumed and ran without any breaks. The Terriers left Vinton at 5:45 am to get there on time and it rained most of the day, but not enough to stop the meet.
William Byrd had a dozen athletes competing in a very strong field, the most Byrd has had in years. Two Terriers placed and earned all-state honors, one boy and one girl. Greyson Cornett finished eighth in both the 110 and 300 hurdles and Gracie Tyus took a sixth place in the shot put.
“Interestingly, the meet is not officially over as they still have to pole vault,” said Byrd assistant coach Andrew DeCoster. “It’s the first time I have ever seen the weather this crazy, but we’re proud of the kids for staying tough through a difficult situation and never giving up. “