, 2015

Lancaster track and field teams win
Conference #43 team championships

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster High captured the boys and girls team championships at the Conference #43 track and field meet in Claraville last Thursday, celebrating the first dual title win for the school in a district meet since 2011.

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Lancaster’s girls won the district championship last year, but it’s been three years since both teams brought home the trophy, according to LHS coach Joanne Webb-Fary. And Lancaster’s girls team did it with just 13 competitors last week at Northumberland High School.

Henderson leads boys team

In the boys meet, Tyrell Henderson won three events to lead Lancaster’s boys to 188 points for the team win. The Devils were 30 points better than second-place Northumberland, with 158 points. Essex was third with 74, Rappahannock County fourth with 25, Washington & Lee fifth with 21 and Rappahannock (Richmond County) sixth with eight.

Henderson dominated in the pit, jumping 20’7 1/2” to beat out 15 others to win the boys long jump and went 42’11” to win the triple jump.

He also raced to a first-place finish in the boys 300-meter hurdles in 41.32 and finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.82.

Lancaster won nine events, including Henderson’s three. Devante Haskins brought home the first-place medal for throwing the shot put 43’10” and took fourth in the discus with a 114’4” throw. Teammates Bridell Carter was fifth in the shot put (38’10”) and Sam Bouis was sixth in the discus throw(105’10”).

Also in jumping events, Trevon Henderson cleared 5’10” as the runner-up in the high jump. He was fifth in the triple jump (39’8 1/2”) and sixth in the long jump (19’8 1/2”).

On the short track, Lancaster’s Justin Washington was the runner-up in the 100-meter dash in 11.43. Crossing the line first was Northumberland’s Kiondre Owens in 11.24.

Washington won the 200-meter dash in 23.19 and Lancaster claimed three of the top four spots with Demetrick Lee taking third in 23.45 and Kaliq Noel fourth in 23.51.

Northumberland’s Owens also won the 400-meter dash just a step or two ahead of Lancaster’s Noel. Owens ran a 52.33 race and Noel a 52.45. Trevon Henderson was fifth in that event in 55.02.

Lancaster’s boys swept the middle distance event with Patrick Kelley winning the 800-meter run in 2:10.94 and Travis Boyd finishing as the runner-up in 2:12.14. Lancaster’s Sean Jones was third in 2:12.26 and Kenique Stewart was fifth in 2:19.09. The Devils scored 26 of their points in that one race with Washington & Lee’s Hasan Gill squeezing in at fourth in 2:14.73 and Mark Smith of Northumberland in the final scoring position of fifth in 2:28.83.

In distance races, Northumberland’s Billy Pipkin had a last second push to pass Lancaster’s Ronnie Cutler at the finish line in the 1,600-meter run. Pipkin did the mile in 4:50.87 and Cutler in 4:51.26. Lancaster’s Boyd also scored in that race, finishing fifth in 5:07.87.

Cutler came back to win the two-mile run in 11:10.89 and Lancaster’s Drew Smith was fourth in 12:39.82 and John Richardson fifth in 14:17.16.

The Devils also swept the relay races with their 4X100-meter team winning in 43.40, their 4X400-meter team winning in 3:47.45 and their 4X800-meter team winning in 9:19.68.

Aloni Scott leads girls team

In the girls meet, Lancaster’s Aloni Scott scored 29 points in individual events to lead the Lady Devils to the conference title with 136 points, an impressive 49 points more than runner-up Essex with 87. Rappahannock County scored 82 for third, host Northumberland had 74 for fourth, Washington and Lee scored 49 for fifth and Rappahannock (Richmond County) scored 24 for sixth.

Scott did all of her scoring in the field and on the short track. She cleared 4’6” to win the high jump and went 31’6” to win the triple jump. She also sprinted to a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash in 13.76, behind winner Justice Gordon of Northumberland with a time of 13.39. Scott was sixth in the 200 meter in 29.55. Gordon also won that race in 27.60.

The Lady Indians took first and second in the long jump with Emya Seldon winning with a 15’11” jump and Gordon placing second with a 15’3” jump.

Also in the pit, Lancaster’s Jasmyn Tomlin went 31’2” for second in the triple jump. Tala Henderson of Lancaster cleared 4’4” as the runner-up in the high jump. Henderson also scored in the 100-meter dash with a fifth place finish in 14.11.

Also in field events, Lancaster’s Jamea Smith was the runner-up in the shot put with a 31’4” throw and Keondra Jenkins was sixth with a 25’8” throw. Jenkins threw the discus 74’5” as the runner-up in that event.

Lancaster claimed three scoring positions in the 800-meter run with Vilesha Waller finishing as the runner-up in 2:37.66, Elizabeth Robertson taking fourth place in 3:03.27 and Dazah Davenport placing fifth in 3:15.23.

Davenport also was one of three scorers for the Lady Devils in the mile run with Mary Frere trailing Rappahannock County’s Julia Wood by 10 seconds. Wood ran a 5:29.59 race to win the event with Frere finishing as the runner-up in 5:39.65. Frere came back to outpace the runners in the two-mile run, winning that event in 12:54.65.

Lancaster’s Moira Hull was fifth in the mile in 7:28.59 and Davenport sixth in 8:06.90.

Lancaster’s Jolena Towles brought home a first-place medal in the 300 hurdles, running a 55.30 race. Tomlin was sixth in that race in 1:00.35.

Lancaster’s 8X800 meter relay team also won in 11:35.57, a whole four minutes faster than second-place Essex with a time of 15:18.02.

Lancaster’s boys and girls head to Charles City High School today (May 29) for the Region 1A East Track and Field Championships. Events begin at 1 p.m.

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