, 2015

Local athletes claim state track titles

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Junior Tyrell Henderson brought home three state championships from the Group 1A meet at Radford University last week, including two individual titles and one as part of Lancaster’s record-breaking 4X100-meter relay team.

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From left, members of Lancaster's and Norhumberland's 4X400-meter relay teams are Trevon Henderson, Ameer Veney, Kaliq Noel, Elvin Cottrell, Tyrell Henderson, Kiondre Owens, Patrick Kelley and DeQuine Johnson. Photo by Billy Pipkin

Henderson scored 24.5 points to lead Lancaster’s boys to a fourth-place finish among 27 teams. Auburn won the boys state championship with 75 points, while Altavista Combined School was the runner-up with 73 and Radford High School was third with 66. Lancaster with 63 points had the best showing among Conference #43 teams. Northumberland finished sixth with 39 points.

Henderson dominated in the triple jump, leaping 43’11.75” for the state crown. His jump was five inches farther than runner-up Devonte Hundley of Essex, who went 43’6.5,” and a whole foot more than the third place jumper, Cliff Conley of Galax.

Henderson also won the state championship in the 300-meter hurdles in 39.83 and ran a leg of the state champion relay team.

Lancaster’s 4X100-meter team of Henderson, Kaliq Noel, Demetrick Lee and Justin Washington shattered the LHS school record with a state-winning time of 43.09.

Noel also picked up a couple of points with a seventh-place finish in the boys long jump with a 20’4.75” leap.

Speedster Demetrick Lee picked up 7.5 points for the Devils after finishing fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.43 and running a leg of the championship relay team.

Patrick Kelley led Lancaster’s middle distance runners, finishing sixth in the 800 meter in 2:04.56. He also ran a leg of the Devils’ 4X800-meter relay team, which finished third in the state. The team of Kelley, Travis Boyd, Sean Jones and Kenique Stewart ran a 8:35.84 race.

In distance races, Lancaster’s Ronnie Cutler was fifth in the 3,200 meter in 10:43.83, and on the short track Noel and Washington finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash. Noel ran a 23.77 and Washington ran a 29.73.

In field events, Devante Haskins scored for the Devils, throwing the discus 128’2” for sixth place.

Northumberland brought home three state titles, including one in the 4X400-meter relay. Elvin Cottrell, DeQuine Johnson, Ameer Veney and Kiondre Owens ran a 3:28.64 race for the state crown, while Lancaster’s team of Henderson, Noel, Kelley and Trevon Henderson finished third in 3:35.98.

Owens also brought home an individual state championship for the Indians, winning the 400-meter dash in 50.62.

Veney won the state title in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.42.

Other scorers for the Indians were Dayquan Blue and Billy Pipkin. Blue was sixth in the triple jump with a 39’10” jump and fourth in the high jump after clearing 5’10”. Pipkin placed seventh in the mile in 4:50.07.

In the girls meet, Lancaster’s 4X800 meter relay team set a new school record and finished as the state runner-up with a time of 10:57.79. The team included Zykheia Bullock, Elizabeth Robertson, Mary Frere and Vilesha Waller.

Frere scored 14 of Lancaster’s 36 team points and the Lady Red Devils finished sixth out of 30 Group 1A teams.

George Wythe won the girls state title with 79 points, Radford High School was second with 56 and West Point third with 54. Rappahannock County led the Conference #43 teams with a fourth-place finish in the state with 45 points.

A freshman distance runner, Frere finished third in the 3,200 meter in 12:21.95 and took third in the mile in 5:39.35.

Lancaster’s Aloni Scott scored eight points in field events, clearing 4’8” to place fourth in the high jump and going 32’8.5” in the triple jump for seventh place. Scott also finished eighth in the long jump (15’7.5”).

Also in field events, Jamea Smith scored six points for Lancaster with a third-place state finish in the shot put with a 33’5.75” throw.

Lancaster’s 4X100-meter relay team of Bullock, Scott, Tala Henderson and Jasmyn Tomlin also scored with a seventh-place finish (54.28).

Northumberland’s Emya Seldon was the only scorer for the Lady Indians. She went 15’11.5” in the long jump for a fourth-place finish.

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