Great weather brings great times at Freeman Polar Bear


Unseasonably warm weather conditions on Tuesday this week presented perfect opportunity for a handful of Capital and Colonial District schools to produce fast times outdoors at Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond. The Atlee boys 4x800 meter relay made it clear that the evening would be filled with fast times as they opened the meet with a state leading time of 7:54.60, which would rank #4 on the US national indoor list if the race was actually held indoors. One of Atlee's relay legs in Nathaniel Hall came back later to win the 1000 meter run in a personal best and state qualifying time of 2:35.23 with Hermitage sophomore Devin Barnes finishing just behind him in second place at 2:35.82. Their fastest leg in Griffin Carmichael later won the 500 meter dash in 1:07.64.

In the 1000 meter run, two girls nearly broke 3 minutes with Maggie Walker freshmen Emma Call (3:00.96) pushing Douglas Freeman senior Sarah Thornhill to the line with Thornhill winning in a new personal best time of 2:59.87. Thornhill was All-State twice last year as a junior with 8th place finishes in the indoor 1000 and outdoor 800 state races.

Highland Springs boys and girls sprinters took advantage of the ideal weather conditions outdoors to roll out swift 4x200 meter relay times which will seed them well in the fast sections for the state indoor championships at Boo Williams. The Highland Springs girls dropped significant time off their season best with a 1:44.98 clocking to win the event by over 4 seconds, while the Highland Springs boys joined US leaders Forest Park as the only other Virginia squad under 1:30 this season with their 1:29.29 performance. In the 300 meter dash later, Highland Springs sophomore teammates Marcus Taylor (35.43) and Dallas Carter (35.51) went 1-2 in the race with personal best times.

Deep Run's Grayson Reid had his best race since coming back from a stress fractuce injury in cross country with a 3200 meter victory over defending Central Region 3200 indoor and outdoor champion Ronnie Calkins (9:37.45) with a personal best race of 9:32.85 to easily achieve the state automatic qualifier. Reid was looking strong earlier in the cross country season right before his injury when he won the William & Mary Invitational, but sat out the rest of the season's races until trying to give it a go at the regional meet with very limited running under his belt.

Featuring one of the nation's fastest currently at 500 meters in Mackenzie Kerr, the Douglas Freeman girls threatened to chase after a time of 4 minutes flat in the 4x400 meter relay, but finished with a season best time of 4:03.95 which inserts them among the top 10 fastest in the state of Virginia.

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

HS Girls
1,000 Meter Run 2:59.87 Sarah Thornhill* Douglas S. Freeman
1,000 Meter Run 3:00.96 Emma Call Maggie Walker
3,200 Meter Run 11:16.28 Rachel Galton * Maggie Walker
3,200 Meter Run 11:46.23 Abby Bellows* Hermitage
4x200 Meter Relay 1:44.98   Highland Springs
4x200 Meter Relay 1:49.25   Douglas S. Freeman
4x400 Meter Relay 4:03.95   Douglas S. Freeman
High Jump 5-4 Nadia Khoury Trinity Episcopal School
HS Boys
1,000 Meter Run 2:35.23 Nathaniel Hall * Atlee
1,000 Meter Run 2:35.82 Devin Barnes Hermitage
1,000 Meter Run 2:36.54 Tre Fields Atlee
1,000 Meter Run 2:38.59 Alex Fleckenstein * Maggie Walker
300 Meter Dash 35.43 Marcus Taylor Highland Springs
300 Meter Dash 35.51 Dallas Carter Highland Springs
300 Meter Dash 36.24 Julius Mills Mills Godwin
300 Meter Dash 36.60 Scott Miller * Maggie Walker
3,200 Meter Run 9:32.85 Grayson Reid* Deep Run
3,200 Meter Run 9:37.45 Ronnie Calkins* Douglas S. Freeman
3,200 Meter Run 9:47.48 Reider Strehler Trinity Episcopal School
4x200 Meter Relay 1:29.29   Highland Springs
4x200 Meter Relay 1:33.39   J.R. Tucker High School
4x400 Meter Relay 3:29.64   Hermitage
4x800 Meter Relay 7:54.60   Atlee
4x800 Meter Relay 8:01.20   Douglas S. Freeman
4x800 Meter Relay 8:14.58   Deep Run
4x800 Meter Relay 8:15.29   Mills Godwin
500 Meter Dash 1:07.64 Griffin Carmichael * Atlee
500 Meter Dash 1:08.65 Bigal Harrison Hermitage

28 National Elites. 437 Elites.