A number of local athletes put together strong showings at last weekend’s Virginia State AAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 24-25) at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.
On the boys’ side, Westfield High finished third overall and was the top finisher from out of the Northern Region. The Bulldogs finished with 27 team points. The team champion was Western Branch (48) of Chesapeake, a member of the Eastern Region. Finishing second was Grassfield (34 points) of Chesapeake.
Other top 10 Northern Region team finishers along with Westfield were fourth place Annandale (22 points) and fifth place Oakton (21). Top 20 finishers from the Northern Region were Chantilly, which was 15th place, and South Lakes and T.C. Williams, who were part of a three-way group of teams (along with Stafford High of Fredericksburg) which finished tied for 16th place. Lake Braddock finished 20th overall in the field of 58 teams represented.
First place individual boys’ finishers from the Northern Region were Annandale’s Ahmed Bile (1,000 race) and Chantilly’s Logan Miller (1,600).
Other top individual boys’ finishers from Northern Region schools included: Robinson’s Ayo Raymond (fourth place, 55 dash); Mount Vernon’s Michael Thomas-Brown (sixth in 55, eighth in long jump); Westfield’s Nathan Kiley (third place, 500 dash); Oakton’s Michael McNamee (third in both the 1,000 and 1,600); Edison’s Louis Colson (sixth in 1,600); Oakton’s Greg Petruncio (eighth in 1,600); Lake Braddock’s Nick Tuck (fifth in 3,200); Chantilly’s Sean McGorty (sixth in 3,200); Woodson’s Paul Gates (seventh in 3,200); South Lakes’ Rashaan Jones (second in high jump); T.C. Williams’ Kahron Lee (third in high jump); Langley’s Logan Besougloff (second in pole vault); Lake Braddock’s Sean Daugherty (third in pole vault); Herndon’s Austin Miller (fifth in pole vault); West Potomac’s Tyrone Jenkins (sixth in triple jump); Westfield’s Justin Little (eighth in triple jump); and T.C. Williams’ Jonathan Anderson (third in shot put).
Westfield’s 4x400-boys’ relay team of Max Chambers, Troy Sevachko, Nathan Kiley, and Tyrone Walker finished first in the state, ahead of second place Annandale. South Lakes finished fifth in the same relay. The Seahawks’ foursome was made up of Ian Angara, Corey Gilmore, Jacob Grundahl, and Armando Drain.
Westfield’s 4x800 relay team of Max Chambers, Jeff Edmondson, Nathan Kiley, and Tyrone Walker finished first overall. Oakton High’s team, made up of Oliver Lopez-Gomez, Greg Petruncio, Chris Sprague, and Michael McNamee finished second.
ON THE GIRLS’ SIDE, South County Secondary finished in fifth place overall – the best showing from the Northern Region. The top four team finishers were Cosby High (Midlothian), Western Branch (Chesapeake), Nansemond River (Suffolk), and Landstown (Virginia Beach).
Other top teams from the Northern Region, along with South County, were sixth place Lake Braddock (tied with Phoebus High), Robinson and Herndon (both tied for 11th place), 15th place West Potomac, and 16th place Oakton.
South County’s Felecia Majors took first place in both the pole vault and long jump events.
Other top individual girls’ finishers from the Northern Region were: Herndon’s Carina Peter (second in triple jump, fourth in 55 dash, sixth in long jump); Robinson’s Genamaria McCant (third in 500, seventh in 300); West Potomac’s Sarah Jane Underwood (fifth in 1,000); T.C. Williams’ Sydney Schaedel (sixth in 1,000); Lake Braddock’s Hannah Christian (fourth in 1,600, fifth in 3,200); West Springfield’s Caroline Alcorta (fifth in 1,600); Oakton’s Hailey Dougherty (sixth in 1,600); Lake Braddock’s Sophie Chase (second place in 3,200); Oakton’s Allie Klimkiewicz (fourth in 3,200); Lee High’s Bailey Kolonich (seventh in 3,200); Washington-Lee’s Isabell Amend (eighth in 3,200); South County’s Felecia Majors (tied for seventh in high jump); Lake Braddock’s Rachel Fasana (fourth in pole vault); T.C. Williams’ Sydney Schaedel (fifth in pole vault); South Lakes’ Damielle Hale (fourth in long jump); Edison’s Anna Williams (third in triple jump); Edison’s Kristina Brown (eighth in triple jump); and Robinson’s Chioma Onyekwere (second in shotput).
The South County girls’ 4x400 relay team of Felecia Majors, Widney Dubuisson, Kierra Roundtree, and EnNijah Majors finished seventh in the state.
In the 4x800 relay, the West Potomac girls finished second overall, and Lake Braddock was third. The Lake Braddock foursome was made up of Hannah Christen, Sophie Chase, Ally Robinson, and Katie Roche. Oakton’s girls finished in sixth place in the 4x800. The Cougars’ four runners were Allie Klimkiewicz, Hailey Dougherty, Kristi Carrigan, and Briana Stewart. West Springfield’s foursome of Alexis McEntire, Caroline Alcorta, Maddie Wittich, and Erin Falk finished eighth.