Westfield's Emma Seetoo holds one distinction that will separate her from almost every one of her freshman peers as they enter 10th grade - that of defending state champion.
The Hampton girls finished the 5A state girls meet in a surprising third place, to Nansemond River and Stone Bridge.
One of the more pleasant surprises from the Virginia 5A/6A state track meet was the 6A runner-up status achieved by the Annandale boys' team.
There were a slew of outstanding performances from athletes in the Richmond region at last weekend's 5A/6A state track meet.
Ebonie Whitted and Chelsea Wallace provided one of the day's best 1-2 scoring punches for their Grassfield team.
Rather than funnel more energy into repeating the same process, Gardner decided to call it a day after one jump, and with that decision, completed his 5A state-winning performance with a best jump of 6-8.
John Champe's Trevor Cosenke enjoyed a personal-best outing at the Friday session of the 5A state track championships in Newport News.
As a youngster, Spollen endured two brain surgeries to cure conditions that would require a medical degree to understand, much less spell.
A pair of Virginia's best 5A athletes will make the trip to this weekend's New Balance Nationals harboring expectations of finding their way to the medal stand.
Lost in the shuffle of some magnificent performances among the young men and women within the 5A and 6A classifications was a solid group effort by the boys' sprinters from Potomac High in Dumfries.
In the day's first event, the 6A boys shot put, Washington-Lee once again was the first team to put its stamp on the victors' podium.
Hannah Waller is fairly new to track, but it hasn't taken her long to make waves on the national level.
For Centreville track standout Caden Billak, winning a 6A state championship in the long jump was like a dream.
Although Stafford's Gennifer Hirata won the 5A girls pole vault with a clearance of 12-6, there was plenty for Patrick Henry sophomore Abby Tershak to celebrate on Friday.
It would be hard to find fault with T.C. Williams junior Nyla Ward for scratching on all three of her attempts in the 6A long jump. After all, there haven't been many opportunities this indoor season to jump in a real pit.
Standing in the middle of the track oval at the Boo Williams Sportsplex on Friday afternoon, the uniqueness of her team's Day 1 team lead was not lost on thrower Indya Hansley.
The Bullis girls ran an absolutely dominating performance in the 4x200m in Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon.
Masai Russell ran a nearly perfect 55mH race to win on Saturday at the VA Showcase
A breakdown of the top field action from Friday's events at the VA Showcase
Loudoun Valley rocked the VA Showcase on Friday
Brian Herron set a World Junior record on Friday at the VA Showcase in the 300m
The Bullis girls performed up to expectations on Friday at the VA Showcase
The Oscar Smith Tigers were not ready to roll over.
Stafford's Philip Lambert couldn't contain his excitement.
As Kori Carter completes her sophomore year at Nansemond River, it's hard not to mention her name without also invoking the name of the greatest female prep hurdlers in Team WAR, and Virginia history.
There were several nasty red marks on Mills Godwin's Britton Wilson as she sat down at a picnic table on the far end of the track after watching her Eagles compete in the 4x400.
Grassfield thrower Taylor Gorum couldn't have picked a better time to hit her peak.
Under longtime coach Dave Davis, the Sharks have flourished in athletics in its first year, in spite of a team roster stacked with freshmen and sophomores.
As soon as Connor Scott got off his first practice throw with the shot put in the Todd Stadium circle on Friday afternoon, he knew it was going to be a good day.
In spite of the shared vacation mode felt by many of the athletes, there was no shortage of effort or accomplishment under the blue skies that blanketed Norfolk.