Edison out in front in National District

Edison has seized the lead on both the girls and boys side after day one of the 2008 National District Indoor Championships, held at Episcopal High School in Alexandria on Tuesday evening, February 5.
The Eagles hold a 20 point lead over Yorktown on the girls side with their first day total of 58 points. Edison won just one event, with Eagles junior Shekyira Mann spanning 16 feet, 8.5 inches to capture the long jump but had plenty of depth, led by Keosha Simonson's 26 points as the Edison junior finished second in the triple jump (34-10) and high jump (4-8); third in the shot put (29-10.25) and fourth in the long jump (15-6) in team scoring through six places on a 10-8-6-4-2-1 basis.
Yorktown has 38 points, largely on the efforts of senior Jaclyn Smith, who won both the triple jump (35-11.75) and high jump (4-10) in addition to finishing third in the long jump (15-6.25).
Wakefield is currently third with 16 points with junior Sarah Sneed responsible for all the Warriors points as she finished second in the long jump (15-11.75), third in the high jump (4-8) and fifth in the shot put (27-5).
Mount Vernon is fourth with 14 points, all in the shot put, with junior Elizabeth Ball the winner with a distance of 33-11 and sophomore Ebonee Davis fourth (28-7) while Falls Church won the 3,200 relay in 10:27.53 with the team of juniors Valerie Thibeault and Audrey May along with sophomores Riley Louden and Kim Bruyette.
The Edison boys dominated the first day of competition with 73 points in taking four of the five scoring finals. Senior Ade Titcombe was the biggest point producer at 28 points with a seasonal best of 20-10 to win the long jump; going 42-7.75 in the triple jump on his first effort and then passing his remaining jumps and finishing second in the high jump (5-8).
The Eagles also had senior Bernard Butler (pictured left by John Herzog) record a personal best in winning the shot put at 51-0.25 and Edison's 4x800 relay team of seniors Shaeban Hicks and Taylor Miller teamed with juniors Jonathan Iredell and Tihut Degfae to set a new district meet record of 8:20.29.
Mount Vernon is second with 28.5 points led by second place finishes in the triple jump from senior Brian Gates (42-5) and the shot put from junior Josh Edmonds (42-8.75) while Yorktown is third with 20 points on the strength of senior Ross Cortes, who won the high jump (6-0) and was third in the long jump (19-7.75).
Sophomore Riley Louden of Falls Church won the girls pole vault at 7-0 and Edison senior Alex Englander the boys vault at 10-0.
That event does not count in the team point scoring since the Arlington County public school system does not currently recognize the event, but the top six finishers in the event still do qualify for the regional championships.