DURHAM, N.C. – Nathan Atchue, a rising freshman distance runner at Franklin County, placed second in the 1,500-meter run in the boys 13-14 age division of the USA Track and Field (USATF) Youth Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Atchue finished second in his preliminary race in 4:27:33. In the finals, he reduced his time to 4:22.02
Cooper receives All-State honors from milestat.com
Kylie Cooper, a rising sophomore track and cross country standout at Franklin County, has been named to milestat.com’s Virginia Outdoor Track All-State team in the 1,600-meter run.
Cooper is a third-team selection.
As a freshman, Cooper placed 12th in the Class 6 state cross country meet and won the Class 6 state championship in the 1,600-meter run.
Cooper is the youngest FCHS student-athlete to capture a state title, the first in outdoor track and field to do so since the 1990s and only the second FCHS female student-athlete to win a state championship.
FCHS’s athletics program has produced 11 individual state champions: five in wrestling (Clifton Koger, Joe Callaway, J.J. Price, Bryan Jones and Taylor Horner), one in indoor track and field (Trent Whittaker), three in outdoor track and field (Cooper, Leticia Claytor and Travis Walter) and two in golf (Matt Chandler and John Hatcher Ferguson).
Local duo finishes 89th in national fishing tournament
The Franklin County duo of Peyton Brown and Ryan Shelton finished 89th out of more than 200 tandems in the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Bass Pro Shops High School Fishing National Championships on Pickwick Lake in Alabama last month.
Over three days of competition, Brown and Shelton caught six bass weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces.
On the first day, they boated three fish that tipped the scales at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and on the second day, they landed three fish weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces.
The duo was shut out on the final day of the competition.
Prillaman wins at Draper Valley
DRAPER – Tim Prillaman of Rocky Mount carded a 3-under-par 69 Monday to claim low gross score honors in the Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour event at Draper Valley Golf Club.
Prillaman competed in Division 1, which is for golfers with a 0 to 14 strokes handicap and placed third with a net score of 63, which was the best net score in the division.
Joe Surkamer of Roanoke won the division with a 63, while William Cole came in second and John Eckman took fourth. Finishing fifth was Greg Chlan.
In Division 2, which is for players with handicaps from 14-19 strokes, Ken Kornegay of Roanoke earned top laurels with a 61.
Placing second through fifth were Lynnis Vernon (64), Doug Leffel (65), Walter Hearn (66) and Randall Phillips (66).
In Division 3, which is for golfers with handicaps of 19 strokes or greater, Andy Shumate’s net score of 60 enabled him to capture first-place honors.
Also, Shumate was the overall net winner.
Placing second through fifth were Gary Purdy (61), Robert Thomas (61), Roger Greenway (62) and Frank Hart (63).