The Fork Union boys and St. Catherine's girls successfully defended their state team titles at Saturday's Virginia Independent Schools State Championships in Richmond. The meet saw a total of 6 meet record performances including a 2:58 1000 from Libby Parrish of St. Catherine's and 1:16 500 from Micah Brickhill of Liberty Christian, who battled it out against each other at the end in an exciting 4x400 meter relay anchor leg.
All St. Catherine's sophomore distance runner Libby Parish does is win. Last year as a freshmen, Parrish won three VISAA state individual track titles with the 1600 and 1000 meter run indoors, while again the 1600 meter state champ outdoors in the spring. She was the top performer on the track at St. Christopher's School last weekend for the VISAA State Indoor Championships as she won the 1600 meter run in a battle against cross country state champion Molly Breidenbaugh of Trinity with a personal best time of 5:06.49 before defeating another worthy adversary later in the 1000 meter run in Liberty Christian Academy's Micah Brickhill.
Oscar Smith's Michael Cherry is clearly the state's best quarter miler, but the state's next great 400 meter runner may not far be too far behind him and waiting for his claim as the best next year in Woodberry Forest School junior Eric Ways. Ways is actually a native and resident of Durham, North Carolina, but spends his entire school year at a boarding school in Woodberry Forest, Virginia. This past summer, Ways broke through into the 48 second range in the open 400 and won a USATF Junior Olympic National title in the event.
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