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VISAA State Championships Coverage: Bingham 15-3 PV, Willis 4:12 1600, Knowles 10.65 100/21.47 200 May 15, 2010

Photo by John Herzog The 2010 VISAA State Championships was arguably one of the best in recent meet history in terms of producing some of the state's top performances of the outdoor season. Liberty Christian Academy junior Cody Bingham led all performers with his new VA #1 clearance of 15'3" in the pole vault, which was one of 8 events total that the multi-event star competed during the day. Liberty Christian Academy had three of the top individuals in the meet with Bingham as well as Demitri Knowles and Dana Mercer. The Bahamaian native Knowles sprinted to the state's second fastest 100 time behind only Darrell Wesh in a 10.65 meet record victory and notched another PR later in the 200 with a 21.47 clocking. Mercer, only a sophomore, swept the horizontal jumps while picking up a win in the 100 meter dash and runner-up performance in the 200 meter dash.   Mercer finished second in the 200 finals to Hampton Roads Academy's Emmy Fraenk who broke two meet records in the 400 meter dash (57.33) and 200 (24.73). Taylor Clevinger was also a double winner on the track as the St. Catherine's junior pulled away for first place finishes in the 1600 (5:20) and 800 (2:18) meter races while also anchoring her 4x400 meter relay to victory and more importantly her team to a narrow state team title over Collegiate in a dramatic final event point swing for the first place trophy. VMI bound Cabell Willis (pictured right by John Herzog) of Collegiate won the 1600 meter with the state's fourth fastest performance behind only the big three of Kostelac, Mearns, and Paisley from Penn Relays with an eight second PR time of 4:12.17 to lead three under 4:20. Willis later came back to win the 3200 meter run as well in 9:31. Fork Union boys now can begin another 20 year streak of state team titles as they came back as team champions in 2010 following St. Christopher's snapping their long-standing streak in 2009. It took a team effort with a collection of individuals and relays as they were shut out from having any individual champions, but did set a new meet record of 42.24 in the 4x100 meter relay which ranks third fastest in the state of Virginia.   More coverage from the VISAA State Championships including photo gallery by John Herzog, race videos by Brandon Miles and interviews from some of the top individuals from the meet.   VISAA State Championships Results:  Boys Results - Girls Results National Elites (26)  

Private School Event Rankings May 15, 2010

Private school event rankings prior to today's VISAA State Championships at Sports Backers Stadium. Liberty Christian Academy's Demitri Knowles (pictured above by John Herzog) is the top sprinter with season best times of 10.75 and 21.45 in the 100 and 200 meter dash respectively along with a leading long jump performance of 22'8".

VISAA State Championships Entry List May 13, 2010

Alphabetical list of entries for the 2010 VISAA State Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held Saturday, May 15th at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond. MileStat.com will be providing on-site coverage.   Entry List

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