Galileo Magnet High School won seven of 11 running events at a nine-school track meet hosted by Bassett High School on Wednesday.
The Lady Falcons scored 107 points to win the meet against second-place Bassett who scored 55 points in the team standings.
Junior Khyra Smith sparked the team early by winning the 100-meter dash. Later in the evening, Smith added another win in the 200-meter dash. Smith looks to add the 400-meter dash and long jump to her busy event card at next week’s contest.
Galileo’s distance team tallied 42 points behind Morgan Whitley’s 800-meter victory and second-place finish in the girls 1,600-meter run won by Tunstall High School’s Emily Wallace. With her blazing time of 5:23, Wallace looks primed to defend her state championship from a year ago. Carding 10 more points for the Galileo distance team was sophomore Sydney Stone who won the girls 3,200-meter run with a time of 14:00.
Other notable finishes include Christa Zakhary’s second place finish in the 800 and Caroline Woods third place effort in the 1600.
The Galileo boys team finished fourth among the nine competing schools behind Bassett, Hargrave and Magna Vista respectively. Senior captain John Perez posted 14 points in the sprints to lead the Falcons in scoring. Perez finished second in the boys 200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash.
Junior Kinkade Huggins finished second in the 800-meter run ahead of teammates Owen Wood and Dylan Kirk who finished fourth and fifth respectively to place three Falcons in the top five among the 22 runners in the event. In only their first contest of the outdoor campaign, Galileo ran a state qualifying time to win the boys 4x800 meter relay.
In past seasons Galileo has leaned heavily upon the distance team and a sole sprinter to win meets. This year Galileo looks to be more balanced and much more versatile by adding hurdles, jumps, and throws to it’s already successful sprints and distance programs.
The Falcons will put their new lineup to the test Wednesday at Franklin County High School.