Seniors Anas Fain, Eric Kirlew and Skander Ballard led 13 South Lakes High School athletes, who met conference, regional and/or state qualifying standards at the Liberty Elite Invitational indoor track and field meet, Saturday, Dec. 12 at Liberty University.
Fain won the 55-meter hurdles in a state-qualifying time of 7.82 and Kirlew did the same in the triple jump (44-06.00) in leading the boys team to first place. Fain also qualified for the region championship in the high jump (5-10.00, 2nd) while Kirlew ran conference qualifying times in the 55 meters (5.79, 5th) and 300 meters (38.37, 8th).
Ballard qualified for the region meet in the 300 meters (36.47, 2nd) and the conference meet in the long jump (19-07.25, 3rd) and pole vault (10-10.00, 3rd).
Juniors Devyn Jones and Nikayla Hoyte led the girls team to a third place finish with region qualifying times in their events. Jones won the 55 meter hurdles in 8.61, just barely missing the state standard of 8.60. Hoyte was finished second in the 55 meters (7.43).
Other conference qualifying performances at the meet include:
*Seniors Alex Rudison, pole vault, 10-04.00 (4th); Berket Beyene, 55 hurdles, 9.16 (10th); Nikolai Waithe, 500 meters, 1:08.73, (2nd); Golden Kumi-Darfour, 1,000 meters, 3:04.96, (2nd); John LeBerre, 1,600 meters, 4:37.44 (4th).
*Juniors Timiebi Ogobri, 55 meters, 6.92 (10th); Ashton Reinhold, 500 meters, 1:11.34 (6th).
*Sophomore Sarah Wolfe, 1,000 meters, 3:15.56 (3rd).
Senior Isaac Mensah had a conference qualifying throw of 41-10.50 in the shot put during a quad meet Dec. 11 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington while at the Statesmen 2015 Polar Bear Meet Dec. 5 at George C. Marshall High School, sophomores Ronak Cuthill had a conference qualifying mark of 40-05.22 in the shot put and Owen Walker ran a conference qualifying 10:28.66 in the 3,200 meter run.