It is truly never too early to begin to examine rankings. MileStat took that addage to heart and is previewing what we found is the likely outcome for next year's Outdoor season. Previewed here is both the Boys and Girls Group 4A.
Highlights and results from Wednesday's meet at the Boo Williams Sportsplex with teams from Conference 17 and Conference 18.
I.C. Norcom senior Romero Hines had a big weekend as he garnered three first place showings at the Gloucester Pre-Holiday Invite including a personal best leap of 45'2.50" in the triple jump and state leading performance of 35.79 in the 300 meter dash. Hines also had the best mark in the long jump at 21 feet even.
Virtual meet preview for the Eastern District Championships predicts a sweep of the team titles for the Churchland program. Booker T. Washington's Thireyona Legg (pictured above by Ryan Kelly) has had a breakout senior season in the jumps and sprints as she will be contending for individual district titles in the long jump, triple jump, 500 meter dash, and 300 meter dash. Last weekend, Legg ran one of the state's fastest times at 500 meters with 1:15.60 performance and won the triple jump with a PR mark of 37'5.50".
This past weekend at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships, Churchland senior Cydney Robinson ran the fastest 800 meter time indoors by a Virginia high school girl since 2006 Nike Indoor Nationals champion Katie Doswell. Winning a slower section of the event, Robinson (pictured left by Nicoll Knudsen) placed third overall to earn All-American honors with her time of 2:11.95. It was her second swift 800 meter performance of the weekend after anchoring Churchland to an All-American fifth place finish in the sprint medley relay on Friday night with a 2:12 split.
Robinson was primarily a quarter miler and sprinter as an underclassmen at Churchland High School in Portsmouth but after running a 4x800 meter relay leg for the first time in a summer track meet following her sophomore year, the Hampton University recruit has embraced the middle distance events for the past two years which highlight races have included an Eastern Region 1000 meter title last month and challenging for the 800 meter state title last spring. Her two stellar All-American races at the Armory to conclude her indoor season should be a great springboard for a successful outdoor track campaign as one of the favorites for AAA state 800 meter crown. Read more for interview with Cydney Robinson...
At Thursday evening's Eastern District Championships, Deshawn Wilson of Booker T. Washington became the first athlete in Virginia this indoor season to break 35 seconds in the 300 meter dash with one of the nation's fastest times on a flat track with his 34.98 performance. Wilson also ran a key leg on Booker T. Washington's 4x200 meter relay which ran a state leading time of 1:32.48. While the Booker T. Washington boys edged out I.C. Norcom for the team title, the Churchland girls claimed the Eastern District title behind 500 and 300 meter dash winner Cydney Robinson (1:17.29/41.73). More to come from the Eastern District meet including video and pictures.
Virtual meet preview for the 2010 Eastern District Indoor T&F Championships based on performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
The Virginia Beach Flames Invitational this past weekend had some of the best high school performances in the summer track season so far this year with numerous noteworthy marks and times in the intermediate boys and girls as well as young men and women divisions. Booker T. Washington junior DeShana Briggs (pictured left by John Herzog), who has struggled in the past with her consistency in the high jump as well as performing well in state competition, seems to be correcting that now after being a non factor at the AAA State Indoor Meet despite clearing 5'8" two occassions before the season. Briggs cleared 5'8" in two early season outdoor meets and returned back to her season best height at the AAA State Championships to place third in the event. Much of the higher expectations which were placed on Briggs this year were due in large part to a clearance of 5'10" last summer at the AAU State Meet. Well she is back in top form again after this weekend with her second clearance ever at 5'10". With the likes of multiple state champion Ashley Gatling and Nike Outdoor Nationals champion April Sinkler graduating, the expectations will once again placed on Briggs to win a state championship after another 5'10" clearance to tie Gatling as a state leader for the year.
Churchland's Patrick Comstock and Maury's Amory Cervarich had landslide wins at the Eastern District Meet. Along with their individual titles, their teams won district titles as well.