His knees ached and his hip hurt even more, yet Brentsville senior Pat Eggleston's legs never failed him when he needed them most.
Eggleston used a late kick to win the 1,600-meter run and placed third in the 800 as Brentsville scored 38 points to tie for second place Saturday at the Virginia AA boys' track and field championships at James Madison University. Lafayette won the team title with 43.5 points; Bassett also scored 38 points.
Eggleston ran the 1,600 in 4 minutes 25.66 seconds and finished the 800 in 1:57.46 -- a day after he won the 3,200 (9:37.51). It was a welcome weekend for Eggleston, who has been hampered by knee and hip injuries since the winter track season.
"It's tough to get that kick when your hip hurts," said Jason Grant, one of the Brentsville coaches. "But he gutted it out and that's a tribute to him."
With about 200 meters remaining in the 1,600, Lafayette's Ryan Gaul took the lead from Eggleston. But just as he had done the night before in the 3,200, Eggleston used a late kick to assume control, blazing past Gaul over the final 100 meters to win the race.
"I was just trying to stick on him as best as I could and then wait for the last 100 to make a move," Eggleston said. "I just knew if I stuck on him I'd have a good chance."
Heritage's Les Bradley won the 110 hurdles in 14.49 seconds. The Loudoun Valley 4x400 team of Kody Farr, Kyle Lawson and Stephen and Ryan Sheehan won with a time of 3:23.67.
Last year's boys' champion, Fauquier, finished 18th, its lone title coming from the 4x100 relay team of Ian McNaughton, Brandon Edwards, Brent Nieder and Chris Douglas (42.75).
The Falcons' chances were hampered Friday night when Edwards hurt his ankle during the triple jump. Edwards, who practically carried the Falcons to a Region II title, was slated to compete in five events but was scratched from the long jump and failed to qualify in the 200.
"It was tough for him and it hurt him," Coach Quentin Jones said of Edwards. "All year long he was our team captain and I told him the true mark of a leader is how many people you can bring with you. He helped three other guys get the gold."