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Seahawk Boys, Saxon Girls Victorious at District Track

Strong showings also come from Madison, McLean, and Fairfax athletes.

The South Lakes High boys' and the Langley High girls' indoor track and field teams earned titles at last week's Liberty District championships, which were held Feb. 1-3 at Prince George's Sports and Learning Center.

The Langley girls finished first with 101 team points, edging second place South Lakes (95). Jefferson (90) finished third and McLean (72) was fourth. Rounding out the district girls' field were Madison (69), Marshall (31) and Fairfax.

On the boys' side, the perennial district champion South Lakes team captured the title with 214 points, well ahead of second place finisher Langley (54.50) and third place Fairfax (51). The fourth through seventh place finishers were McLean (48), Jefferson (46.50), Madison (41) and Marshall.

THE SOUTH LAKES' BOYS received a stellar meet from Sean Price, who finished first place in four events - the long jump, triple jump, high jump and 55 dash. The Seahawks were also dominant in several other events as Will Sickenberger and Nicholas Guarnaccia finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,600 race, and Armando Drain and Ian Angara were first and second in the 500. In the 300, Drain, Price and Corey Gilmore finished first, second and third. And in the 3,200 race, Guarnaccia and Austin Leggett finished first and second. The South Lakes boys also won both the 4x200 and 4x400 relay events.

Other place finishers for the South Lakes' boys included: Rashaan Jones (second place in high jump, third place in long jump, fourth in triple jump); Stepfon Sanford (second in 55 dash, fourth in long jump); Gilmore (second in triple jump); Ken Robair (fourth in shot put); Drain (fourth in 55-hurdles); Leggett (fourth in 1,600); Sickenberger (second in 1,000); and Alex Clough (fourth in the 3,200).

The Langley boys took the top two spots in the pole vault, with Lucas Grim taking first and teammate Logan Besougloff second. Other place finishers for the Saxons were: Guilherme Coulilaby (second in long jump, third in 55 dash); Robert Yu (fourth in high jump); and Jake Peker (fourth in 1,000).

Fairfax High's Sam Bechert and Chad Allen finished first and second place in the 55-hurdles. Allen was also third in the triple jump. In the 500, Fairfax runners Yol Ho Sung and Allen took third and fourth place. Other Rebels' place finishers were Carlos Vasquez (third in shot put).

James Madison's Travis Johnson earned a first place finish in the boys' shot put. And McLean's Nicholas Hedrick took first place in the 1,000.

Other boys' athletes across the district to earn top four finishes were: McLean's Kyle Pyne (third in high jump) and Scott Lafoon (second in shot put); Marshall's Louis Fernandez (fourth in 55 dash); and Madison's Justin Rexroad (fourth in 300) and Joseph Galiano (third in 3,200).

The McLean boys won the 4x800 relay, edging out second place South Lakes.

IN THE DISTRICT GIRLS' championships, champion Langley received an outstanding showing from Meigan McManus, won both the long jump and pole vault events. Also earning a first place finish for Langley was Jessica Miles, who won the 1,000 meters.

Other Saxon place finishers were: Gabriella Jacobson (second in triple jump, third in high jump);Kelly Martins (tied for second in pole vault); Catherine Flessas (fourth in pole vault); Adrienne Schmidt (second in 55 dash); Jessica Miles (second in 1,600); Liana Kramer and Sarah Woodford (third and fourth in 500); and Elissa Purdy (fourth in 1,000).

McLean's Pague Richards won the high jump. James Madison's Jaleece Durham won the 55 dash. For South Lakes, Kyannah Calhoun was champion in both the 500 dash and 300 dash events. Also for the Seahawks, Sumiya Yates was first place in the shot put with teammate Jasmin Colon finishing right behind her in second. And South Lakes' Aya Abdelhalim won the 55 hurdles.

Other girls' place finishers across the district were: McLean's Clare Nelson (second in long jump, third in triple jump, third in 55 hurdles, fourth in high jump), Katalina Khoury (tied for second in pole vault), and Simone Janssen (fourth in 55 hurdles); Marshall's Claudia Castaneda (third in long jump), Kellie Marsh (fourth in shot put) and Madeleine Lewsen (second in 55 hurdles); South Lakes' Danielle Hale (third in 55 dash, fourth in long jump); Madison's Tara Razjouyan (second in high jump), Jaleece Durham (third in shot put), Murphy Massey (fourth in 55 dash, fourth in 300), Anna Stone (third in 3,200, fourth in 1,600), and Rebecca Henry (second in 500); and Fairfax's Chantel Smith (third in the 300).

South Lakes' girls won the 4x200 relay race as well as the 4x400 relay.

The Northern Region indoor track and field championships will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19 at George Mason University.