Lee-Davis Invite: Moye 4:58/10:50 in outdoor debut, Snyder outduels Crawford in fast 800


After a busy first season of indoor track which included state individual titles in the 1600 and 3200 along with an All-American performance in the two mile, Megan Moye returned to racing action this spring at the Lee-Davis Invitational on Saturday. The Cosby junior Moye easily automatically qualified for state competition in the 1600 and 3200 meter run with a state leading time of 4:58.76 in the 1600 meter run after running a solid sub 11 minute time earlier in the meeto win the 3200 by 24 seconds. Moye's next major race will be the 3200 meter run at the MileStat.com Elite Track Classic, which she will look to run even faster than her 10:50.54 performance on Saturday.


The boys' 800 meter run saw a match-up between two of the Central Region and state's best in the event between Cody Snyder of Lee-Davis and Keith Crawford of Huguenot. Crawford is one of the top returnees from last year's outdoor state meet in the 800 meter run, while Snyder has ran under 2:30 for 1000 meters and a state champion this past winter in the 1600 meter run. Crawford took the lead from Snyder, but Snyder responded with a strong close for a Virginia #1 time of 1:54.86, which is an open 800 PR for Snyder after running several 4x800 leg splits in the past with times similar or faster.


After two previous open 800 opportunities this spring with either poor weather conditions or lack of competition, Cosby sophomore Jayden Metzger finally had the opportunity to pop a fast time to match or better her 2:19 split from the indoor season. Metzger's 2:17.80 performance at Lee-Davis ranks sixth in the state currently and is the fastest among all Central Region athletes.


A face-off with the stars of the present and future in the Central Region and state level in the triple jump with past state champion Montasia Golden of Lee-Davis edging out Cosby freshmen Alexandria Moseley by three-quarters of an inch in the triple jump with a top mark of 36'7". Moseley had a rematch with Thomas Dale sophomore April Wilson in the 400 meter dash after losing to Wilson in the same event at the Clover Hill Invitational in early April to even the score with a winning time of 58.33. Wilson won the 200 meter dash later against Central District rival Leah Richardson (26.14) with a performance of 26.12. Meanwhile, Golden breezed through the finals of the 100 meter hurdles with a significant margin of victory by over 8 tenths of a second at a 15.06 clocking.


Lee-Davis senior Wes Tuck swept the throwing events in his regular practice circles with a solid mark in the rain of 53'2" in the shot put, while scrapping out a second victory in the discus with a throw of 125'6".


Coastal Carolina recruit Evan Niciphor joined his teammate Megan Moye as a double winner in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races as he found himself in a spirited and competitive race with the Colonial Forge pair of Jordanis Lozier (2nd, 9:46.71) and David Klimek (3rd, 9:50.03) who were doubling back from PR performances in the 1600 (Lozier 4:28) and 800 (Klimek 1:56) on Friday night at the Gojekian Twilight Classic. Niciphor was able to separate from both in the final stages of the 3200 for a solid time of 9:41.27 after missing the entire indoor season due to injury. Niciphor came back to earn another win in a lesser field found in the 1600 with a time of 4:34.60.


Maggie Walker's Jessica Wheeler found herself being pressed by Brie Jackson of Lee-Davis to two first place finishes in the 300 meter hurdles (49.32) and the long jump (17'5.50"). Jackson was a close runner-up to Wheeler in both. Wheeler has been a state qualifier in several seasons in the long jump, but is looking to become stronger in the hurdles and qualify for state competition.


Thomas Dale sophomore Byron Robinson was impressive in his two individual victories in the 400 meter dash (50.73) and 200 meter dash (22.75), especially in a 400 meter win against one of his top competitors for the regional title this spring in Ajani Kingslow (2nd, 51.59) of Cosby. Teammate DJ Reid made it a clean sweep of the sprints for the Dale boys with a 11.15 clocking in the finals on the 100 meter dash.


Lee-Davis Invitational Complete Results


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