Leslie Sherman Invitational Summary Apr 5, 2012

The Leslie Sherman Memorial Invitational was held on Thursday at West Springfield before many athletes in the Northern Region are off on their spring break vacations.   Mount Vernon's Michael Thomas-Brown winning a total of 3 events including two state best performances with his clocking of 10.72 in the 100 meter dash and leap of 23'5" in the long jump. The Mount Vernon junior Thomas-Brown has shown himself to be much improved from last spring when he qualified for state competition in the 100 meter dash and had a sophomore year best of 11.10. He also won the 200 meter dash at West Springfield High School with a time of 22.49.   The Westfield boys were impressive throughout the meet with numerous event winners to win the team title over host school West Springfield. In the 800 meter run, Westfield swept the first four places with Tyrone Walker as the winner at 1:57.89 followed by teammates Max Chambers, Steven Mitchell, and Troy Sevachko. Other members of their state champion relays indoors in the 4x800 and 4x400, Nathan Kiley and Jeffrey Edmonson were individual winners in other races with Kiley taking the 400 meter dash in 49.01 and Edmonson crossing the line first in the 3200 at 9:43.02. Not only did Westfield dominate on the track, but Justin Little shined for the Bulldogs in the field events. Little, an 8th place finisher at the AAA State Indoor Meet, extended his best mark from the winter in the triple jump by over 2 feet with a VA #2 performance of 47'5.25"   VCU recruit Carina Peter outdid Mount Vernon's Thomas-Brown in terms of event wins on Thursday at West Springfield. The Herndon senior Peter was the fastest in the 100 meter dash (12.77) and 200 meter dash (25.73) and jumped the farther in the long jump (16'5.50") and triple jump (37'7.75"). Her mark in the triple jump was only an inch off the current state leading performance.   No debate on who has the top girls 800 meter time in Virginia after an impressive runaway victory by West Potomac's Sarah Jane Underwood at the Leslie Sherman Invite. Underwood, who recently signed with Penn State, posted a swift time of 2:13.88, which is only a second off her all-time best in the event. Underwood is one of more than a handful of girls returning this spring in Virginia who have already run or capable of breaking 2:10 at 800 meters.   James Robinson's Chioma Onyekwere, the 2012 Group AAA indoor state runner-up in the shot put, recorded a solid early season mark over 40 feet with her winning toss of 40'2". Onyekwere, who signed with the University of Maryland, was an All-American indoors with a fifth place finish at the New Balance Indoor Nationals last month.    Leslie Sherman Memorial Invitational Complete Results