By From staff reports
In Greensboro, North Carolina, Heritage’s Alaysia Oakes had a busy Thursday in the New Balance Nationals Outdoors at North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track. The rising sophomore shined in a pair of events for some of the top freshmen in the nation.
Athletes who recently completed their freshman season were the only ones from the Lynchburg area to complete on the first of the four-day meet, and Oakes posted two top-10 finishes among her three events.
Oakes, the runner-up the triple jump in the Class 3 state championships, finished fourth in the event Thursday with a leap of 37 feet, 2 1/2 inches. She won the state title in the long jump and before posting a ninth-place finish in the event at New Balance Nationals with a leap of 17 feet, 9 inches. She also finished 35th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.31 seconds.
Rustburg’s Aierona Hudson joined Oakes in the triple jump but did not post a result after committing fouls on her two attempts.
LCA’s Kai Moore was 15th in the boys pole vault with a mark of 11 feet, 8 inches. Rustburg’s Emily Coates finished 36th in the girls 100-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 12.997 seconds.