With exhaustion and joy on her face, Floyd County High School Senior Hannah Belshan closed out her 2A relay career at the Virginia High School League State Track Meet at Radford University Friday afternoon with a strong anchor run that sealed a 9:47:20 record performance from her, Emily Harris, Sarah Phillips and Rebekah Roscoe.
The Lady Buffaloes took the lead at the opening of the relay and never let it slip away.
Belshan pulled away from the field at the end and collapsed to the ground after the run.
Floyd’s win the 2A relay came on the first of two scheduled days of the state meet and after a forced delay of the events after a thunder-induced shutdown of the track.
The Buffaloes also competed in boys’ shot put, high jump and the 3200 relay for boys and the team was fifth overall at the end of the first day.
Track events kick off early Saturday morning in a day long schedule of events at the RU athletic field. More photos and Roger Mannon’s story in the next edition of The Floyd Press.
In Danville, the Lady Buffs varsity softball team earned a spot in the state finals in Radford next week by beating Gate City 4-0 in the regional semi-finals.
The Lady Buffs meet Grayson County at 5 p.m. Saturday at Carroll County High School for the region title game but are in the state finals win or lose.
Floyd and Grayson split their games in regular season.