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Galileo coach Mark Bryant (front) is pictured with (second row, from left) Owen Wood, Cole Harbodin, coach Vaughn Popeney, Kinkade Huggins and Jordan Pridgen at the 2A State Championship in Roanoke. 

The Galileo Magnet High School boys and girls indoor track teams competed at the Class 2 state championship at Roanoke College in Salem this week with both teams posting personal best performances.

Junior Owen Wood finished fifth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:47.99, less than eight seconds behind Maggie Walker’s Carter Morgan.

Wood took the lead early and challenged Morgan for the majority of the race.

Fellow junior Kinkade Huggins also scored points in the 1,000. He also was in contention early before fading over the final 40 meters. He finished eighth with a time of 2:49.95.

Both Wood and Huggins’ times were personal bests in the event.

The boys’ 4x800 relay team delivered the best performance at the Cregger Center. Huggins, Cole Harbodin, Jordan Pridgen and Wood missed breaking the school record with a time of 8:57.97 for a fourth-place showing. The Falcons finished sixth in the event last year.

The boys’ 4x400 relay team posted an eighth-place finish, and the girls’ 4x800 relay team finished eighth and the 4x400 team placed ninth.

Junior Khrya Smith’s 7.70 mark in the 55-meter dash was a personal best. Morgan Whitley (6:06.54 in the 1,600) and Sydney Stone (13:25.00 in the 3,200) also posted personal-best times.

Galileo, a 1A class school competing in the larger 2A division, begins its outdoor campaign at Bassett High School on March 13.

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