, 2015

LHS boys second, girls third,
in region track; state meet next

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster’s boys won three events and took second in six others last Thursday to finish as the runner-up at the Region 1A East meet at Charles City.

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Elizabeth Robertson runs a leg of the girls 4X800-meter relay team for Lancaster. The Lady Devils won that race in the Region 1A East meet. Photo by Larry Chowning

The Devils just missed the team championship, scoring four points less than Altavista Combined School. Altavista beat out 18 other schools for the team title with 106 points. Lancaster was second with 102 and Northumberland was fourth with 43. Parry McCluer was third with 44.

The Lady Devils finished third in the girls meet with 54.75 points. West Point won the girls team title with 65.75 and Cumberland was second with 60.75. Rappahannock County was the next best finisher among Conference #43 teams, placing fifth with 45 points.

Both Lancaster’s girls and boys teams advance to the Group 1A state track and field meet at Radford University June 6-7.

Lancaster’s boys produced two individual champions with Tyrell Henderson winning the triple jump on a 44’1” leap and Devante Haskins throwing the discus 136’ 1/2” to win that event.

The LHS boys 4X100-meter team of Henderson, Demetrick Lee, Kaliq Noel and Justin Washington raced to first place with a time of 43.62.

Henderson finished with 26.5 individual points, which was more than 13 of the team scores. He scored more than Middlesex’s entire team, which finished with 18 points in a tie for eighth place.

Along with winning the triple jump and running a leg of the championship 400-meter relay team, Henderson was the runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.52, took fourth in the long jump with a 21’ 1/2” jump and ran a leg of the 4X400-meter relay team, which finished second with a time of 3:38.63. Other members of that team were Jones, Kelley and Trevon Henderson.

Kelley was also the runner-up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.05 to finish with 10.5 points overall.

Kaliq Noel finished with 14.5 points for the Devils with a couple of third-place finishes on the short track. Noel was third in the 200-meter dash (23.31) and third in the 400-meter (52.45). Justin Washington was a few steps behind Noel in the 200-meter, finishing fifth in 23.60.

Trevon Henderson cleared 6’ as the runner-up in the high jump and Lee sprinted to a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash in 11.33.

Lancaster also earned eight points with its boys 4X800-meter team, which finished second in 8:50.40. That team included Kelley, Jones, Travis Boyd and Kenique Stewart. Altavista won both the 4X400 and 4X800 meter relays.

Haskins led Lancaster’s throwers with his win in the discus and a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a 42’5 1/2” throw.

In distance races, Lancaster’s Ronnie Cutler finally edged out his Northumberland nemesis, Billy Pipkin, to finish fourth in the 3,200-meter in 10:59.95. But Pipkin turned the tables in the 1,600, finishing fourth in 4:47.72. Cutler was seventh in that race.

Northumberland produced one regional champion in hurdler Ameer Veney, who won the 110 hurdles in 15.47.

Kiondre Owens of Northumberland placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.40 and he scored in the 200 with a sixth-place finish (23.71).

The Indians also took third in the 4X100 relay (44.02), fourth in the 4X400 relay (3:39.70) and Philip Harrison finished fourth in the shot put with a 43’4” throw.

Girls meet

Mary Frere and Aloni Scott were individual regional champions and the Lady Devils’ 4X800-meter relay team won its race to help lead Lancaster to a third-place finish in the girls Region 1A East meet.

Frere paced the distance runners, winning the mile in 5:34.02 and finishing as the runner-up in the two-mile in 12:16.84 to score 18 of Lancaster’s 54.75 team total.

Scott had 16 points and scored in five events. She cleared 4’8” to win the high jump, went 14’8” for fifth in the long jump and went 30’10” for sixth in the triple jump. On the track, she ran a 13.66 to finish fifth in the 100-meter dash and ran a leg of the 4X100-meter team, which finished fourth in 53.95. Her teammates on that relay were Tala Henderson, Zykheia Bullock and Shani Johnson.

Lancaster’s 4X800-meter relay team of Bullock, Vilesha Waller, Elizabeth Robertson and Jolena Towles ran an 11:14.66 as the region champions.

Bullock, Johnson, Robertson and Waller also combined to finish fourth in the 4X400-meter relay in 4:56.10.

Henderson also scored for Lancaster in the high jump after clearing 4’2” for fourth place. Jamea Smith took fourth for the Lady Devils in the shot put with a 30’5” throw.

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