by Jamaar Hawkins, i64sports
Another year. Another down to the wire battle between defending Class 5 state champion Nansemond River and budding rival Maury. This year’s title came down to the 1600 meter relay with Nansemond River ahead by a margin of 3.50 points.
The Lady Warriors would hold on to its lead to take home another state championship. Nansemond River opened day two of the state meet taking first, second and fourth in the 55mh finals, with senior Kori Carter taking home the gold. Brene Donaldson finished second and fourth in the 55mh and 55 meter dash.
Maury’s Junyce Hasberry won a title in the 55 meter dash (7.00 seconds), finished runner-up in the long jump and anchored the Commodores third-place 4 x 200 meter relay team.
Deep Run’s Lily Snow set a meet record in the Girls 1600 meter run (4:55.20), with John Champe junior Bethany Graham also falling under the previous mark (4:56.72). Graham did win a title in 3200 meter run later in day.
Salem (VB) girls 4 x 200 meter relay team set a meet record with a time of 1:42.30 on the way to a state title. The Lady Sundevils, who were bolstered by Enloe High School (NC) transfer Makhia Jarrett, will also compete in the national indoor track & field championships. Jarrett finished runner-up in the 55 meter dash and 300.
But in the end it was Nansemond River again claiming the Class 5 state title, which has become almost routine at this point.
Hampton sophomore Jordan Hardy won the triple jump and finished fourth in the long jump, highest among sophomores.
On the boys side….
Highland Springs led L.C. Bird by five points heading into the final race of the day, eventually closing the deal to secure the Class 5 state title. The Springers took first and second in the triple jump to set the pace. Senior William Spencer won with a jump of 48-04.50.
Potomac boys dominated in winning the 4 x 200 meter relay in a blazing time 1:31.56 seconds, just off their record-setting performance from last year. Senior Matthew Mitchell also took home the 55 meter dash title. Spencer added some crucial points for Highland Springs, finishing 3rd.
Bethel senior Edward Richardson III broke his own meet record in winning the 500 meter dash in 34.31 seconds.
Garrett Dunn-Ford (Freedom HS) left his final state indoor meet with a championship in the boys shot put, barely topping L.C. Bird’s Carlos Quijano. Aidan Fleming of Mills Godwin took home the boys pole vault title, while Gennifer Hirata (Stafford HS) won the girls championship by more than two feet.