This past week history started happening again, this time it was Caroline Alcorta's (3200 - West Springfield) turn to join an elite group of athletes to rank themselves in the top two all-time in the state of Virginia. She joined Chantel Ray (Hurdles - Hampton) and Matthew Zajac (Discus - E.C. Glass) who have already made history this season.
Photo by: John Herzog
It truly has been an amazing season thus far, and we haven't even gotten to the true championship season yet! Though there have been many very impressive times and marks this year, three truly standout for how great they are. The first of these performances to happen was Chantel Ray's 13.53 100m Hurdles. Chantel achieved this running and winning the prestigious Taco Bell Classic invitational. To do this she beat and dethrowned Dior Hall who was hailed as the preeminent prep-hurdler in the nation. Chantel has remained unbeaten this outdoor season but will need to not only run this fast but likely faster if she wants that national title. Chantel's 13.53 hurdle time ranks second all-time in the state behind only LaTasha Colander of Woodrow Wilson who went 13.30 in 1994. Chantel did run 13.69 last outoor season and has also consitently improved which means we could really be in for a show at nationals this June.
Photo by: John Herzog
The next great perfromance to come was Matthew Zajac's 200-9 discus mark to come from behind and win the Penn Relays Carnival. Matthew had thrown low 180s in preliminaries but failed to improve until he was forced to by a Jamaican who moved Zajac from second to third on his final throw. Zajac quickly answered this by launching a monster 200-9 mark that was the second best all-time at the Penn Relays and best all-time in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since the state only counts records at the State Meet it is technically not a state record but it definitely the best discus throw ever in the state made by the best discus thrower all-time. Zajac will have quite a few more chances to improve on that and has the fortune of being so good that he can easily win the state just by getting a decent mark in and then use his next 5 throws to really reach for a record. Zajac is also currently ranked second in the shot put in the state at 59-7 and joined his older brother Michael this April who also had won a title at the Penn Relays in the discus.
Photo by: Kyle Brazeil (NY)
The third great performance to happen in the state was Caroline Alcorta's 10:12.57 3200 to win the Loucks Games in New York this past weekend (5/10/14). To do this she split very even and impressive splits of 5:04 and 5:08! This is even more impressive since it was in less than ideal conditions as you can notice in the picture above. Alcorta is no newcomer to setting impressive marks as she in indoors helped set the state record in the girls 4x800 and set the 1600 record indoors besting Sarah Bowman's record. This 10:12.57 ranks her second all-time in the state behind only Erin Keogh who went 10:03.07 in 1987! Keogh is also a Northern Region standout, she hails from Langley High School. Alcorta, if she runs fresh, could have a legitimate shot at taking it down if she has some people to run with since she did this time all by herself running away from the field. Alcorta will likely not do this at the state meet however since she will be spread thin over three events, the 4x800, 1600, and 3200. The 4x800 will be previewed in a couple weeks but let's just say it is going to be fast.
Though these performances are great, they are only synopsis of how great these athletes are and how great they will be in the coming months. Can you believe that these times and marks all have happened before a single conference meet has started? When these athletes have perfect weather and peak at the right time it is going to be a great show.
Check out each athletes profile to see more about them and how they have consistently improved over the past few years.