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West Springfield DMR Champions of America 11:53.07 US#1
(Katie Kennedy 3:44.13, Michelle Lipka 61.62, Reagan Bustamante 2:20.86, Caroline Alcorta 4:46.46)
Once again the girls from West Springfield do it. This marks their third major distance medley title in a row. The first coming at outdoor nationals last june, the second a few months ago at the armory in the indoor national championship and now at Franklin Field. This team is also featuring a new leg, something they have done each of the last races making it a unique quartet each time. Though all the runners ran well, it was Caroline Alcorta that put on a show and quickly moved her team from the rear to the front within a couple laps. Alcorta powered through to split a 4:46.46 en route to the title and a new US# 1 time.
Hannah Christen 9:37.57 3000m Run
Lake Braddock, Finished in second
Hannah not only ran one of the fastest 3000m runs in the entire nation but she did this all after she ran a 2:16 second 800 leg for her 4x800 earlier this morning. It only took her a couple hours to recover pretty well and come within three seconds of winning the 3000m Championship race.
Milan Parks 19-4.25 Long Jump VA #1
Western Branch, Finished in third
In her first real competition of the year Parks showed she is very ready to continue her winning ways without much practice or competition. Parks has high aspirations this season and next and even without the best training facilities is putting in great work in what little time she has to jump outside of the hurdlers, sprints, and relays. Check out the Western Branch Practice video above to see her interview and how she trains.
Jewel Smith 18-6 Long Jump VA #3
Zakiya Rashid 145-7 Discus VA #1
Nansemond River, Finished in fourth
Zakiya finally found her complete form this season and tossed a monster 145-7 throw to now lead the state over Denise O'Rourke of J.R. Tucker (who threw less then her season best at Penn) by over ten and a half feet. Zakiya is the 4A state favorite in this event and favored very highly in the shot put as well. Herself and teammate Brandee' Johnson are having quite the competition to see who can lead the state in the most events.
Funlayo Oluwole 39-7.75 Triple Jump VA #1
Western Branch, Finished in third
Oluwole, a member of multiple relays at Western Branch, showed she is not only a great runner and hurdler but still a great jumper. Oluwole was the co-state indoor leader alongside Roe.
LaChyna Roe 38-8.75 Triple Jump VA #2
Henrico, Finished in fifth
Though LaChyna Roe, the co-indoor state leader alongside Oluwole did not perform up to her indoor best, she does have another meet this weekend to improve and come out of the weekend with the state leading mark... yes that is right she is also competing at The MileStat.com Elite Track Classic this weekend!
Girls Championship of America Qualifiers (Friday)
Blacksburg (Bib F)
9:14.03, finished second in their section of Small Schools
Bonnie Angermeier (2:18.9), Kendell Wiles (2:18.1), Claire Ewing-Nelson (2:20.1), Jennifer Fleming (2:16.9)
Lake Braddock (Bib H)
9:16.54, finished third in their section of Large Schools
Emma Ager (2:23.5), Hannah Christen (2:16.9), Kaite Roche (2:15), Maddie Tippett (2:21.1)
Western Branch (Bib K)
9:19.93, finished in fourth in their section of the Large Schools
Faith Ross (2:17.3), Ebony White (2:13.9), Amanda Thomas (2:16.9), Jade Kemp (2:31.8)
Ebony White's 2:13.9 split was one of a five fastest splits of the day!
3:49.79, VA #1
Jewel Christian (57.47), Tori Lewis (60.81), Kady Badham (56.63), Farrah Suber (54.89)
(One of three American qualifiers for this race, along with Columbia and Long Beach Poly)
Girls Large School Championship Qualifiers (Friday)
Western Branch (48.12)
Osbourn Park (48.30)
Girls Small School Championship Qualifiers (Friday)
Nansemond River (48.93)