Atlantic Coast Invite (Day 1): Wesh US #1 6.36 55m, Scarlett US #4 8.09 55H

Not all of the state has been shut down due to this weekend's storm as more rain than snow has found its way into the Hampton Roads area at least on Friday allowing day one competition of the Atlantic Coast Invitational to occur at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. Many teams slated to the attend from the west and north were unable to attend, but many local schools were able to participate on Friday.


Photos by Ryan Kelly


There were a handful of national caliber performances produced from those attending. The boys 55 meter dash had a colossal match-up between US leader and Oscar Smith sophomore Joel Coleman against Landstown's Darrell Wesh with a 6.40 season best entering this weekend. Wesh got the better of Coleman and matched his time from earlier this season to tie him as a national leader with a 6.36 clocking and blowout victory against the co-national leader Coleman in second place at 6.52. Wesh is knocking on the door of the all-time top 25 list, which has a cut-off at 6.34.



Jamaican native and Bethel junior Samantha Scarlett ran a sensational time in the finals of the girls 55 meter hurdles with her US #4 performance of 8.09. Scarlett also moves to #19 all-time in Virginia high school history in the 55 meter hurdles just behind teammate Courtni Pannell, who posted a 8.08 clocking last year. The Bethel program is certainly blessed right now to have two of the all-time best in the hurdles on their team at the same time.



There was no Anthony Kostelac lurking to run down their anchor leg this time, but if Kostelac and Albemarle had been in the race, there would likely been little chance that he could have been able to make up a gap on the Grassfield boys 4x800 meter relay. Grassfield bettered their time by a full 10 seconds from their last relay race with the state's second fastest time at 8:06.55 and automatically qualify for state competition. Western Branch ran an impressive time of 8:14 for second place considering they competed without their top runner Blake Theroux who was in the New Balance Collegiate Games 1000 tonight at the New York Armory.


The girls pole vault featured the state's top returning vaulter and the one of the top performers this season with Lizzie Powell of Patrick Henry and Stephanie Oleson of Henrico. Powell is making her comeback from beating cancer (see MileSplit US story on Powell this past week) and Friday was only her second meet back as she works to regain her top form. Powell vaulted a height of 11 feet for second place with Oleson taking the win exceeding her previous best by an inch at a height of 11'8".


Atlantic Coast Invitational - Day 1 Results


Photo Gallery by Ryan Kelly - Friday's events to be posted on Saturday


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

HS Girls
4x800 Meter Relay 9:50.96   Western Branch
55 Meter Hurdles 8.09 Samantha Scarlett Bethel
55 Meter Hurdles 8.61 Jazmine Vaughan Phoebus
55 Meter Hurdles 8.63 Johniqua Porter Lakeland
55 Meter Hurdles 8.67 Olivia Cameron Green Run
55 Meter Hurdles 8.82 Amani Harper Churchland
55 Meter Hurdles 8.89 Vamonie Boddie Phoebus
55 Meter Hurdles 9.02 Leah Lott Landstown
55 Meter Dash 7.17 Christal Peterson Phoebus
55 Meter Dash 7.32 Jenira Shufford Heritage (Newport News)
55 Meter Dash 7.33 Qualitra Brown Kings Fork
55 Meter Dash 7.39 Kristalyn Morton Phoebus
55 Meter Dash 7.43 Shanice Mitchell Heritage (Newport News)
55 Meter Dash 7.44 Kayla Bailey Landstown
55 Meter Dash 7.45 Ammeech Thomas Landstown
55 Meter Dash 7.46 Cydney Robinson Churchland
55 Meter Dash 7.47p Emmy Fraenk Hampton Roads Academy
55 Meter Dash 7.51 Dominique Johnson Bethel
55 Meter Dash 7.51p Camille Thomas Western Branch
55 Meter Dash 7.56 Brittnee Perry Grassfield
High Jump 5-2 Piarrah Payne Deep Creek
High Jump 5-2 Brittany Brathwaite Denbigh
High Jump 5-2 Christen Roberts Grassfield
High Jump 5-2 Chelsea Utley Green Run
High Jump 5-2 Audree Green Ocean Lakes
Pole Vault 10-6 Gracie Gibson Princess Anne
Pole Vault 11-0 Lizzie (Elizabeth) Powell Patrick Henry (Ashland)
Pole Vault 11-8 Stephanie Oleson Henrico
Triple Jump 37-7 Desmonae Gray Western Branch
HS Boys
4x800 Meter Relay 8:06.55   Grassfield
4x800 Meter Relay 8:14.18   Western Branch
55 Meter Hurdles 7.67 Daniel Mcfadden Heritage (Newport News)
55 Meter Hurdles 7.78 JaQuan Demiel Lakeland
55 Meter Dash 6.36 Darrell Wesh Landstown
55 Meter Dash 6.52 Joel Coleman Oscar Smith
55 Meter Dash 6.63 Ronnie Saunders Bethel
55 Meter Dash 6.66 Cameron Bolton Landstown
55 Meter Dash 6.70 William Greene Phoebus
55 Meter Dash 6.71 Isiah Gibson Bethel
55 Meter Dash 6.71 Anthony Harris Green Run
55 Meter Dash 6.72 Quentin Gilchrist Lakeland
55 Meter Dash 6.73 Mylon Blueford Indian River
55 Meter Dash 6.80 Monte Robinson I.C. Norcom
55 Meter Dash 6.82 Kirk Spellman Indian River
55 Meter Dash 6.83 Dominque Artis Kings Fork
55 Meter Dash 6.84p Jeremie Walton Deep Creek
55 Meter Dash 6.84p Romero Hines I.C. Norcom
55 Meter Dash 6.84p Victor Parrish Smithfield
Pole Vault 14-3 Eric Zwarycz Mills Godwin
Shot Put 50-10.5 Brandon Ruffin Oscar Smith
Triple Jump 43-7.75 Raymond Thornton I.C. Norcom


National Elites