Fred Hardy Invite: Great doubles for local stars Jackson & Burrus - Overstreet 12-0 PV

 

The Fork Union Invitational was renamed this year and became the Fred Hardy Jr. Invitational to honor the school's long-time retired coach, who established the track dynasty of annual excellence which current head coach Winston Brown has continued through the present day. As one of the state's longest running high school indoor invitationals moved into another decade, two local female athletes really excelled at a familar venue for both of them in Orange County's Ashontae Jackson (pictured above by John Herzog) and Louisa County's Javanique Burruss with double wins in their specialty of events.

 

Jackson, the Group AA defending state champion at 400 meters, rolled on the Estes Center 160 meter flat track with a personal best 7.33 clocking in the 55 meter dash and a season best time of 41.82 in the 300 meter dash. The Orange County senior figured to be a favorite for the Group AA 300 meter state title, but suddenly emerges as one of the top challengers in the short sprint as well for the 55 meter dash.

 

Meanwhile, Burruss almost claimed a third individual in one day if not for Orange's Jackson denying her first place in the 300 as runner-up with a PR clocking of 41.92. Earlier in the meet, Burruss dominated the horizontal jumps with a US #7 mark of 18'5.50" in the long jump accompanied by a top leap of 36'8.50" in the triple jump. Burruss had a narrow quarter inch margin of victory against C.D. Hylton's Amira Idris (36'8").

 

The girls pole vault showdown at Saturday's Fred Hardy Invite between the two co-state leaders heading into this weekend between juniors Cameron Overstreet of Atlee and Stephanie Oleson of Henrico as Oleson matched her state leading height of 11'6", while Overstreet elevated above that height for her first 12 foot clearance towin at Fork Union.

 

 

The distance race winners posted not just respectable, but fast times especially on a short indoor track. Stafford freshmen Hannah Lowery (5:12) outdueled Deep Run's Madalyn Nuckols (5:15) in the 1600 meter run, while Nuckols' teammate Courtney Dobbs had no problem running away from the competition and notching an automatic state qualifier in the 3200 meter run with her time of 11:06.68.

 

Despite hosting one of the top Group AAA track teams in the state currently with the Atlee boys present on Saturday, the Fork Union boys were not as friendly hosts in competition as they added to their growing title of home invitational titles with a team score of 73 points compared to Atlee's total of 57 points. Fork Union had three individuals claim first place finishes on the track with national caliber times including Wojciech Czernek in the 1600 meter run (4:22.53), Jamel Turner in the 55 meter hurdles (7.58), and Rich Dyer in the 55 meter dash (6.50).

 

The Atlee Raiders were led by a 300 meter victory by Michael Atkinson (36.88) and a swift 4x400 meter relay and decisive 8 second victory at 3:33 to conclude the one day invitational. Michael's twin brother also contributed considerable points individually including an exciting runner-up race to Stafford's Jacob Lysher (1:08.41) in the 500 meter dash.

 

Boys shot put state leader Sulaiman Fareed of Highland Springs nearly bettered his season best throw of 56'7" with a meet best throw of 56'5" in a competition, which pitted him against one of his top challengers for the Central Region title and in the state in Deep Run's Thomas Fuson (2nd, 54'0"). Fareed and high jump winner Quentin Moore (6'4") nearly helped Highland Springs (3rd, 56 pts) sneak past their Capital District rival for a runner-up team trophy at FUMA.

 

The Stafford track team had an all-around great meet with Lysher's win in the 500 meter dash, a 1-2 finish from their top two girls hurdlers Kierra Butler (8.73) and Kiah Zaremba (8.86), Matt Hazelgren clearing 14'8" in the pole vault, and their state leading 4x800 meter relay posting a solid time within the Estes Center in a 13 second 8:24 win.

 

The girls' team title ended up being a narrow one point margin between two familar Jefferson District rivals Western Albemarle (60 pts) and Louisa County (59 pts). Louisa County had much of their points produced by Burruss who also ran a leg on their victorious 4x200 meter relay (1:51.07), while Western Albemarle keyed off their 4x800 meter relay's first place showing  (10:12) which featured the later 1000 meter winner Claire Johnson (3:06.76) who was followed in by teammate Katie Farina.

 

Fred Hardy Jr. Invitational Complete Results

 

Below are the performances entered for the meet that met the national silver standard.

HS Girls
1000 Meter Run 3:06.76 Claire Johnson Western Albemarle
1600 Meter Run 5:12.30 Hannah Lowery Stafford
1600 Meter Run 5:15.10 Madalyn Nuckols Deep Run
300 Meter Dash 41.82 Ashontae Jackson Orange County
300 Meter Dash 41.92 Javanique Burruss Louisa County
3200 Meter Run 11:09.68 Courtney Dobbs Deep Run
3200 Meter Run 11:38.67 Krista DeCeault Sherando
3200 Meter Run 11:41.94 Morgan Price Brentsville District
55 Meter Hurdles 8.73 Kierra Butler Stafford
55 Meter Hurdles 8.86 Kiah Zaremba Stafford
55 Meter Hurdles 8.92p Kierra Butler Stafford
55 Meter Hurdles 8.94p Kiah Zaremba Stafford
55 Meter Dash 7.33 Ashontae Jackson Orange County
55 Meter Dash 7.38p Ashontae Jackson Orange County
55 Meter Dash 7.40 Amira Idris C.D. Hylton
55 Meter Dash 7.51p Amira Idris C.D. Hylton
55 Meter Dash 7.52 Sherrie Timberlake Monticello
55 Meter Dash 7.54 Halli Mcfadgen C.D. Hylton
55 Meter Dash 7.59p Amanda Jordan Charlottesville
55 Meter Dash 7.60p Sherrie Timberlake Monticello
55 Meter Dash 7.63p Halli Mcfadgen C.D. Hylton
Long Jump 18-5.5 Javanique Burruss Louisa County
Pole Vault 10-6 Nicole Harding Western Albemarle
Pole Vault 11-6 Stephanie Oleson Henrico
Pole Vault 12-0 Cameron Overstreet Atlee
Triple Jump 36-8 Amira Idris C.D. Hylton
Triple Jump 36-8.25 Javanique Burruss Louisa County
HS Boys
1600 Meter Run 4:22.53 Wojciech Czernek Fork Union
1600 Meter Run 4:27.07 Josh Morris Fork Union
300 Meter Dash 36.88 Michael Atkinson Atlee
300 Meter Dash 37.59 Stephen Swartz James Madison
300 Meter Dash 37.99 Rashaad Walton Prince Edward County
300 Meter Dash 38.07 Nick Naimool Fork Union
300 Meter Dash 38.10 Jaquan Dickson James Monroe
3200 Meter Run 9:49.82 Natnael Meseret Robert E. Lee
500 Meter Dash 1:08.41 Jacob Lysher Stafford
500 Meter Dash 1:08.75 Marques Atkinson Atlee
55 Meter Hurdles 7.58 Jamel Turner Fork Union
55 Meter Hurdles 7.69p Jamel Turner Fork Union
55 Meter Hurdles 7.76p Dante Davis Louisa County
55 Meter Hurdles 7.86p DreQuan Hoskey Henrico
55 Meter Hurdles 7.88 Brad Carnahan Deep Run
55 Meter Hurdles 7.89p Brad Carnahan Deep Run
55 Meter Hurdles 7.90 Dante Davis Louisa County
55 Meter Hurdles 8.02 Joshua Rymer Cosby
55 Meter Hurdles 8.04p Joshua Rymer Cosby
55 Meter Hurdles 8.10 DreQuan Hoskey Henrico
55 Meter Hurdles 8.12p John Jenkins Annandale
55 Meter Hurdles 8.13p Marques Atkinson Atlee
55 Meter Hurdles 8.17 John Jenkins Annandale
55 Meter Dash 6.50 Rich Dyer Fork Union
55 Meter Dash 6.53 Trevor Elie Atlee
55 Meter Dash 6.55p Trevor Elie Atlee
55 Meter Dash 6.55p Rich Dyer Fork Union
55 Meter Dash 6.63p Eddie Jones Fork Union
55 Meter Dash 6.63 Wyatt Johnson Highland Springs
55 Meter Dash 6.65 Jaquan Dickson James Monroe
55 Meter Dash 6.67p Wyatt Johnson Highland Springs
55 Meter Dash 6.69p Joseph Walton King George
55 Meter Dash 6.69 Joseph Walton King George
55 Meter Dash 6.71p Jaquan Dickson James Monroe
55 Meter Dash 6.72p Tyrone Ellis Orange County
55 Meter Dash 6.76p Kadarius Bruce Fluvanna County
55 Meter Dash 6.78p Dominique Johnson Forest Park
55 Meter Dash 6.79p Jabarri Turner Sussex Central
55 Meter Dash 6.82p Derrick Johnson North Stafford
High Jump 6-4 Quentin Moore Highland Springs
Long Jump 21-1 Michael Dusenberry Stafford
Long Jump 21-2.5 Matthew Ross Highland Springs
Long Jump 21-2.5 Joseph Walton King George
Pole Vault 13-6 Jonathan White Fluvanna County
Pole Vault 13-6 Philip Parmly Fork Union
Pole Vault 13-6 Zach Lawson Western Albemarle
Pole Vault 14-8 Matt Hazelgren Stafford
Shot Put 50-0.5 Stephen Allen Charlottesville
Shot Put 54-0 Thomas Fuson Deep Run
Shot Put 56-5 Sulaiman Fareed Highland Springs
Triple Jump 43-4 Kadarius Bruce Fluvanna County

78 National Elites.

 

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