Sean Price, a member of the South Lakes High boys’ track and field team, had quite a showing at the recent Liberty District championships. The junior standout won two events and finished second in two others.
He was a big factor, but hardly the only one, in leading the Seahawks to a first place finish and the district crown. The two-day postseason event, held at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center in Landover, Md., began on Jan. 28 with preliminary events. The second and final day of action took place a week later on Feb. 4 with event finals. The Seahawks won the title with 174 points, well ahead of second place Langley (113.50) and third place Fairfax (46).
Price finished first in both the long jump and high jump events. In the long jump, he finished ahead of Langley’s Peter Sanson. And in the triple jump, he bested Langley’s Alex Maybury. Price also was a second place finisher in the high jump, finishing behind Langley’s Efosa Guobadia. And he grabbed second in the 300 as well, behind teammate and first place finisher Adrian Vaughn. Price also placed sixth in the 55 dash.
Vaughn, a senior, captured first place in both the 500 and 300 races. He also was third in long jump, fourth in the 55 dash and sixth in the triple jump. Teammate Muhammad Yusin, also a senior, finished second in the 500 and fifth in the 300.
South Lakes also got a first place finish from long distance runner Will Sickenberger in the 1000.
In the 3200 race, three Seahawks finished in the top three – champion Austin Leggett, second place Nicholas Guarnaccia and third place Sickenberger. Leggett was also a second place finisher in the 1600.
In relays, the South Lakes boys’ 4x400 team was victorious, finishing ahead of McLean. The Seahawks were second in the 4x800 relay and third in the 4x200.
Other individual place finishers for South Lakes came from the following: sophomore Armando Drain (3rd in 55-hurdles); senior Bobby Lewis (3rd in the 55 dash); sophomore Morten Grundahl (3rd in 1600); senior Daniel O’Malley (4th in 1600); senior Alvin Moore (5th in 500); sophomore Jacob Grundahl (3rd in 1000); and junior Sam Boone (4th in 1000).
<b>FOR THE FIFTH PLACE</b> South Lakes girls, senior Michelle Peal captured first place in the triple jump event. She was also fourth in three events - the 55, long jump and 300 events.
Another senior, Valerie Moyer, finished second in the 3200 and tied for third place in the long jump with Marshall’s Brittany Johnson. She also finished fifth in the 1000 race. Other place finishers for the Seahawks were junior Morgan Barlow (3rd in the 500) and freshman Kyannah Calhoun (5th in 300).
South Lakes’ 4x400 girls’ relay team captured the district crown, and the 4x200 relay team finished third.
<b>THE HERNDON HIGH girls’</b> swim team put together some impressive showings at the Northern Region Championships postseason event held on Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Oak Marr Recreation Center in Oakton.
The meet was shortened due to the snow storm that hit the Northern Virginia and surrounding areas over last weekend. Thursday’s preliminary events ended up counting as finals scores. Originally, the region meet was scheduled to conclude on Saturday, Feb. 6.
The region boys’ meet, other than diving, never got started. The make-up date for the boys’ competition is set for this Friday, Feb. 12 at Washington-Lee High’s pool in Arlington. The meet will be shortened to one night with all of the races counting as finals. Girls’ dive competition, meanwhile, is also scheduled to take place on Friday.
Herndon sophomore Jenna VanCamp finished a strong third place in the girls’ 22-yard breaststroke event. Also placing at regionals for the Hornets was junior Molly Cudahy, who was fourth in the 100-back event. Cudahy was also part of a Herndon 200-medley relay team that finished eighth overall. The foursome also included VanCamp, senior Anna Yohe and junior Robin Brazier.
South Lakes’ best outing came from sophomore Emily Sennett, who finished 10th in the 200-individual medley and 11th in the 100-fly.