"I have to be more technical. That's all I have to say," Slater said.
He also tried to qualify in the long jump, but finished fifth. His best is 19-6, but he only managed 18-7 this time.
Ripley's Ryan Gregory was the meet's triple-winner, sweeping the hurdle events and winning the long jump at 20-3. He covered the 110 in 16.62 and the 300 in 41.05.
George Washington's Matt Bradford and Capital's Peyton Panger swept 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Bradford won by 23 seconds in the longer race, finishing at 9 minutes, 40.28 seconds, and held off Greenbrier East's Levi Snedegar in the 1,600 with a time of 4:34.95. Panger won her two races easily, finishing the 1,600 in 5:22.41 and the 3,200 in 11:28.42.
GW's boys also won with Jacob Jackson in the 400 (50.68), while Capital won the 4x100 (44.73) and 4x200 (1:33.58) relays. The Cougars' Tatiyanna Wood won the 100 hurdles (16.28), Riverside's Shakira Bowman took the 100 (13.40), Zhakiya Brown of South Charleston won the 200 (27.77) and GW freshman Lillie Jacobs won the discus (112-6).
Greenbrier East swept the team titles, outpointing Ripley 145-95 on the boys side, with GW third with 75 and Capital fourth with 72. It was the Spartans' second boys region title in a row after a 20-year drought.
The GE girls won their second regional title in three years, downing Shady Spring 155-115. Boys and girls combined, East won 11 events.
"We have a lot of depth, large numbers," said boys coach Jim McCutcheon. "We worked hard, and we were able to spread the points around."
The top three in each event (four in high jump and pole vault) qualified for the state meet, with four more qualifiers to be named among the four regions (except for high jump and pole vault).
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