Team Virginia had quite the showing in day one of the 2018 National Championships. That included two national champions and five All-American finishes.
Championship Event Rundown
There were only four championship events on Friday and Team VA won two of them. The first of them was the Swedish Medley Relay (1-2-3-4) where Western Branch ran away with the title and almost broke Union Catholic's national record. They ran US #3 all-time 2:06.63 for the win.
The next event up for Team VA was the Mixed 4x4 where two girls and two boys team-up in their chosen order to race to the line and against the clock. Here it was all Western Branch who took the other teams to school with their boy-boy-girl-girl order.
Emerging Elite Rundown
Though these winners were not in the "championship" section they certainly embodied what it meant to be a champion. These guys and girls set state records and also set the bar very high nationally too. The two biggest performances from the day were Jazmine Tilmon's 13.36 100mH victory and Keyonte Midgett's 48-4 triple jump win.
They weren't the only ones winning though. Highland Springs girls also set a meet record en route to their 800m SMR victory (1:43.20). That broke Western Branch's meet record from 2011.
The only other champion on the day was Rawle Brebnor Jr who went a blazing 10.51 to take the EE 100m final.
Finishing just behind the win but with strong performances were Tania Dunbar going 14.12 (100H), William Spencer going 14.09 (110H), Isaac Haywood going 46-4.75 (TJ), and Oscar Smith girls going 1:47 for second in the 800 SMR.