Handley junior Will Pardue won the first indoor state track & field title of his career on Tuesday during the Virginia High School League Class 4 meet at Liberty University. Pardue won the 3,200 with a time of 9:17.55 and Handley junior Garrett Stickley placed second with 9:22.27. Out of 38 scoring boys teams, Handley was ninth overall with 24 points. Handley’s Pierce Francis was 11th in the 3,200 (9:44.13) and the Judges 4x200 team of Lee, Christian Metzger, Rylan Stribling and Manno Lusca placed 11th in 1:33.34. Handley’s boys’ 4x800 relay team of Max Ware, Stickley, Francis and Pardue recorded a time of 8:06.34 to finish fourth.
The Handley girls placed seventh out of 38 scoring teams with 31 points. Handley had two girls combine for three silver medals. Judges sophomore Emeryce Worrell took second in both the 55 (school-record 7.09) and 300 (40.35) and Handley senior Elizabeth Imoh recorded a school-record 8.40 in the 55 hurdles to take second. Imoh placed sixth in the high jump with a mark of 4-10 to earn All-State honors. Worrell and Imoh also teamed with Madison Hobson and Monet Thomas to place fifth in the 4x200 (1:48.23).