Day 1 Summary: Western Branch senior and Penn State University recruit Byron Robinson clocked a a US #1 time of 53.45 in the 400 meter hurdles on day one of the Atlantic Coast Spring Break Invitational in Suffolk, Virginia. Coming off an indoor season with best times of 1:04.37 in the 500 meter dash and 34.32 in the 300 meter dash, Robinson was pushed to the national leading time by Booker T. Washington's Rodney Johnson, who had a runner-up performance of 54.01, which ranks him #3 in the nation currently.
Photo by Jacqueline Justice
US top 10 performances were also recorded in the girls 400 meter hurdles by Great Bridge's Heather Smith and Bayside's Summer Walter. Neither hurdler improved upon their PR's, but a great battle nonetheless between the returning VA 3A 300 meter hurdles state champ Smith (1st, 1:04.32) and the New Balance Nationals pentathlon All-American Walter (2nd, 1:04.97).
Davon Grayson of King's Fork improved by a dramatic margin over 2 feet with his leap of 23'4" in the long jump on Friday at Lakeland High School to move the senior Grayson to the top of the Virginia state leaderboard.
New state leading times were produced for both boys and girls in the 1600 meter sprint medley relays by the Western Branch boys at 3:37.42 and the Phoebus girls at 4:22.56.
Two state champion sprinters went head-to-head in the 200 meter dash at Lakeland High School between Indian River senior Andrea Wright and Phoebus sophomore Carolyn Brown. Brown earlier in the meet won the 100 meter dash (12.69) and high jump (5'2"), but was denied a third first place finish on the day by the indoor 300 state champ Wright, who shifted into another gear for the final 25 meters to edge out Brown (2nd, 25.15) with a 24.94 clocking. (Photo by Jacqueline Justice)
A great battle was waged in the boys 300 meter hurdles between Phoebus sophomore Charles Graham and Western Branch senior Aaron Simpson. After winning the 110 meter hurdles earlier in the meet with a 15.68 performance, Graham came back to face off against the Eastern Region 55 meter hurdles indoor champion at the intermediate hurdle height for 300 meters. It went down to the finish between the two as they were neck and neck clearing the final hurdle, but Graham gained the advantage to win with a personal best performance of 39.41 (VA #2), while Simpson settled for second with a solid effort at 39.61. (Photo by Jacqueline Justice)