Check out on the following pages all of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd All-State athletes.
Articles with Bethel
The Warriors of Nansemond River held on Saturday to make it a sweep of titles for defending champions.
Friday's events at Class 5/6 did not disappoint. They were so good in fact that over the course of the four 4x8 finals, it took only 4.6 seconds to decide all three races with one coming down to a photo finish. You can check out the races below.
Here are the first team, second team, and third team all-state athletes. Each athlete or team can only appear once on these lists and they are ranked based on their best overall event. Performances from states, nationals, and large meets are weighed heavily alongside consistency and rankings.
Bethel's Edward Richardson won his fourth straight 500m title on Saturday in the Class 5A State Championships
Making the state meet is a big deal. For some teams and athletes though it is expected and routine. Here are the teams who are rolling deep at the state meet this week.
Ahead of the biggest meet in the state it is a great time to think of big matchups and big rivalries in our state. Of course some come mind immediately but others are more subtle but just as intense. Here we analyze the biggest ones in our mind.
In this new feature, we are going to be looking back each week at some of Virginia's GOATS (Greatest of All Time).
Check out this race and all the races from Boo Williams right here.
Winning one state title is tough, winning four in a row is nearly impossible.
Check out the second and third teams right here.
Team Virginia had quite the showing in day one of the 2018 National Championships. That included two national champions and five All-American finishes.
Team VA, more specifically Team 757, showed the nation was boss last night in the Mixed 4x4.
Though Virginia will have chances here and there for national titles, the biggest chance we have is in the relays.
Normally the 300H absolutely rules the state of Virginia from start to finish. It isn't until Nationals that we see the 400mH strength in the state.
This past weekend Bethel star Edward Richardson made things very interesting. He not only took down Daiqwaun Faircloth in the hurdles but he also ran a very fast 54.43 to win the Beach Run 400mH.
A pair of Virginia's best 5A athletes will make the trip to this weekend's New Balance Nationals harboring expectations of finding their way to the medal stand.
Here are the individuals that MileStat has named athlete and field event athletes of the meet for their state meet.
Watch EJ Richardson once again put on the jets at Boo Williams.
The ultimate stats feature which analyzes the depth at 300 and 500 meters for the teams who have made the all-time list for 4x400.
The biggest star entered is Nansemond River's Kori Carter who is slated to compete in the 400m dash.
Now as a junior with a best of 1:04.42 and 34.60 he is looking to defend his 300/500 state titles and improve on his All-American finish in the 400 at nationals. Last year he ran 47.96 for 5th place.
Bethel is known for their 400m runners so we had to see what it was all about. Spoiler alert, their workouts are super tough and there is no doubt they have one of the toughest workouts in Virginia.
Leading into the state 5A/6A finals on Friday morning, Milestat webmaster Nolan Jez initiated a conversation with former Bethel coach, and now meet official, Eddie Williams about the potential outcome of the 5A boys showdown. Jez was leaning toward Lee-Davis scoring 50 points and having the capability to win, while Williams questioned how they could make it to 50.
Sophomore Edward Richardson III goes from second-to-last to first
Next Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, a track meet will be held to honor the late great track coach Pat Covas. Covas was a state champion track coach at Bethel High School back in the 1990s.
Watch Edward Richardson III of Bethel showcase his speed in the 300 doubling back from his 500 victory with a 35.39 PR in the 300 with a late surge to take the win.
Check out the current US top 25 boys indoor track & field rankings as of December 13th.
Track is literally just around the corner and will start up in just over a month. Over that time we are going to countdown 10 of the biggest stars returning this season. This list does not include XC athletes and only includes athletes who are track specific athletes.
There are few individuals who have ever met him and wouldn't agree he is one of the best ever. He makes the short list not for his 20+ years of tenure or his 14 state championships but for how he carried himself and coached.
He hit the track and the crowd went silent. He even had to be carted off of the track due to his injury.
While winning one championship is a grand accomplishment for any coach, 12 is worthy of instant Hall of Fame status at any level.
Check out the performer of the week and his spotlight!
Here are the top 100 Girls' relay performances all-time according to the MileStat database. This includes multiple performances by teams even in the same year. Looking at this data makes one beg the question, does history repeat itself?
Though we may have the largest meet in the country this weekend, here is arguably one of the largest and most historic quad meets in the history of our state!
To start our historic look at these storied programs we have to first introduce you and show you why we and everyone else should consider these programs some of the best in the entire state's history.
With a national leading 55 and wins in the 300, long jump, and triple jump Mustaqeen Williams was the star of this first ever 6A Region Championship. On the girls side of the results it was a exposition on domination by the Bruins of Western Branch.
Virtual meet indoor track & field rankings for each of the two regions for the VHSL Group 6A classification. Bethel's Nehemiah Lipford started off his senior year with a breakthrough performance in the high jump at the Real Deal Classic in early December with a personal best clearance by two inches at 6'5", which still leads all high jumpers in the 6A South Region.
Virginia was well represented today on the world stage in the IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco with a 1-2-3 finish in the women's 100 meter hurdles from Queen Harrison (Hermitage HS), Yvette Lewis (Denbigh/Menchville HS), & Kellie Wells (James River HS). Meanwhile, Murielle Ahoure (Hayfield HS) set a new 200 PR of 22.24 in her victory and Francena McCorory (Bethel HS) broke 50 seconds in the open 400 for the first time.
In her first race of the indoor season, Heritage's Asonya Anderson sent some shockwaves through the Boo Williams Sportsplex facility as she broke 7 seconds in the 55 meter dash and defeated returning Group AAA state 55 meter dash champion Carolyn Brown of Phoebus in the process with a US #4 clocking of 6.97 at the final Peninsula District regular season meet. Her performance ties her for #8 all-time in Virginia high school indoor history.
The state of Virginia has four of their own natives in former high school preps heading to the 2012 Olympic Games in London as members of the U.S. track & field team. Francenca McCorory (pictured by Victah Sailer of photorun.net) is one of the four. The former sprint star at Bethel High School and Hampton University, McCorory qualified for the 400 meter dash with a third place finish at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon and will likely run on the American 4x400 meter relay. MileStat.com was fortunate to interview McCorory after racing in Paris this weekend at the IAAF Diamond League Meet as she prepares for her first Olympic Games.
Bethel senior Maya Moore is continuing a long line of great sprinters produced by Coach Eddie Williams and the Bethel program. More of a long sprints and middle-distance specialist, the 500 meter dash has become the perfect event for the tall and long striding Moore as she currently ranks #4 in the country from her 1:16.51 performance at the Southeastern Invitational.
2009 was an abnormally great year for high school state records to be broken as a total of three new state outdoor track & field records were broken in Virginia last spring with the national record breaking 4x800 from the Albemarle boys at the Penn Relays. as well as the Blacksburg girls DMR and Bethel girls 4x400 setting new Virginia state outdoor records on the final day at the Nike Indoor Nationals. Are there any records in jeopardy of being broken in 2010? Check out the full list of Virginia high school outdoor track & field state records.
The Bethel boys and girls swept the team titles at the Peninsula District Championships on Tuesday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. With a clean sweep of the relays and racking up points in the hurdles and 500 dash, the Bethel girls were able to continue their dominance of the Peninsula District into the new decade. The Bethel boys had a nice balance of speed and distance en route to their district team championship including a 1600/3200 double victory by sophomore William Brown.
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.
Virtual meet preview for the Peninsula District Indoor T&F Championships based on the performances currently in the MileStat.com database as of February 2nd.
Grassfield girls (4x400 pictured above by Nicoll Knudsen) along with defending Group AAA state indoor champions Bethel figure to be the two teams who are most capable to challenge top state ranked Western Branch. Grassfield has two strong relays in the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays along with Amanda Smith in the 500 and Jazmen Townsend in the long jump as two of the state's best in their respective individual events. The Virginia high school indoor track & field depth team rankings as of January 19th. We scored 20 deep for individuals and 20 deep for relays. For example, for individuals 1st place received 20 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 20th place.
There was a total of 13 US top 10 performances on the first day of events at the CNU High School held Friday at the Freeman Center's Vince Brown Track in Newport News. The Midlothian girls 4x800 meter relay had the leading performance of the evening with their US #2 and state best time of 9:36.64. Despite nearly missing the race with a late arrival and no time for a warm-up, Midlothian senior Kathleen Lautzenheiser motored a 2:17 split on anchor leg for the Lady Trojans.
MileStat.com's Athletes of the Week award winners for the three weeks of limited action during the high school winter break (December 19th-January 2nd). Matt Hoogland of Lake Braddock (pictured above by Brandon Miles) is currently the state leader in the boys pole vault with a US #3 best of 15'1".
Gemayel Hazard can probably thank Rickey Harris for skipping the 300 meter hurdles at 2000 VHSL Group AAA State Outdoor Championships as Harris competed in the 400 and 200 meter dash instead following up an earlier win in the 110 meter hurdles. However, Hazard did win in a time which would have given him first place in the next 6 state championships in 37.97. His victory also keyed a state track team title for the Bethel boys in the 2000 state meet held at Sports Backers Stadium. Hazard, a state runner-up as a senior in 2001, also posted a time of 55.88 in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2001 Penn Relays. He went onto to compete at the University of Virginia and currently resides in Richmond as an elementary school teacher.
2008 was the year of Ja-Vell Bullard as the now rising sophomore at George Mason University had a remarkable senior on the track at Bethel High School in the long sprints. Bullard was impressive at the national level with victories at 400 meters in the Nike Indoor Nationals, Nike Outdoor Nationals, and AAU Junior Olympics. Bullard ran his personal best of 46.54 at the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro and also ran one of the fastest 300 times ever indoors in a 2008 US leading 33.97 at the Virginia Tech Invite as he led the nation in several events indoors for much of his senior year. Bullard was a state champion indoors in 2008 at 300 and 500 meters as the 500 was an exciting win against Taylor Sykes with the two posting the nation's two fastest times in the event with Bullard as the winner at 1:04.10. He also helped Bethel run some great times in the relays including Nike Indoor National titles in the 4x400 and 4x200. Read more for interview with Bullard...
A state title in Virginia eluded Shakia Forbes often with her first state crown coming in her final high school state championship as a senior, but the 2007 grad of Bethel High School left with two national titles to showcase a great but short high school career in the state. Forbes transferred in the middle of her high school career to the Hampton city school, but outside of Francena McCorory has been one of the most decorated female athletes at Bethel this past decade. She won two national titles in the long jump in her senior year with a victory at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships and her personal best high school mark of 20'2.25" came at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 2007. Showing her committment to excellence in her sport, Forbes had skipped her high school graduation in order to compete at Nike Outdoor Nationals. The 2007 Penn Relays champion Forbes (pictured right by John Herzog) has excelled in college at Seton Hall as her 2008 freshmen season was a banner year for Forbes in winning the USATF Junior National title in the long jump and represted the United States at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland. She is now entering her third year of college after redshirting sophomore year due to injury. Read more for interview with Shakia Forbes...
After the Bethel girls won their sixth state indoor championship last weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, coach Eddie Williams has plenty of reasons to be smiling. He has about a dozen or so reasons to be smiling with his deepest team ever and most of them coming back as underclassmen to see if they string together consecutive state titles. MileStat.com's Brandon Miles interviewed Coach Williams after the state meet.
Despite losing their head coach and several key legs due to graduation from last year, the Eleanor Roosevelt girls still find a way to rise to the top on the national leaderboard in the relays as shown with their 1:38.27 clocking in the 4x200 meter relay at the Virginia Invitational, which could stay as the #1 time for quite some time. The state of Maryland produced 3 US #1 performances this weekend in Blacksburg including Afia Charles of Eleanor Roosevelt beating two previous US #1 leaders in the 500 meter dash (1:14.69) and Saniel Atkinson of Bishop McNamara now sharing the top performance in the high jump at 5'9". (Photo by Brandon Miles) 5 New US #1 Leaders Girls 4x200 - Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) 1:38.27 Girls 4x400 - Bethel (VA) 3:48.91 Girls 4x800 - Southern Regional (NJ) 9:07.67 Girls 500 - Afia Charles (Eleanor Roosevelt MD) 1:14.69 Girls High Jump - Saniel Atkinson (Bishop McNamara MD) 5'9"
Karimah Shepherd with a US #1 mark in the triple jump, Jazmen Townsend in the sprints and jumps, and defending 800 meter state champion Amanda Smith have Grassfield starting out well early this indoor season and appearing to be one of the state's best teams for the year. The Bethel girls are clearly revived once again with some outstanding young talent and depth as the Eastern Region should once again have more than several schools in the running for a state championship. (Photo by Ted Plunkett) Group AAA girls indoor track team rankings as of December 26th. These rankings were calculated by scoring the performances in our database currently as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
Bethel's Ja-Vell Bullard was named to the USA Today All-USA high school track and field team this week. Bullard, a state champion and Nike Nationals champion at 400 meters, was the only Virginian athlete named to the team. Bullard ran the nation's fourth fastest time for 400 meters at Nike Outdoor Nationals with his 46.54 victory. The George Mason bound quarter miler adds on his second major accolade in the past two weeks after being named MileStat.com's athlete of the year last week. USA Today: 2008 All-USA High School Track & Field Team
Photo by John Herzog As the Virginia track teams head into championship season, it is worth noting that one of the most successful stories from our state so far has been the remarkable showings from the Bethel boys 4x400 relay, most notably, their 3:14.71 clocking at the Penn Relays. The time, which was actually run in the preliminaries, launched the Bruins foursome of Austin Cuffee, Earl House, Sherrard Marrow, and indoor 400 national champion Ja-Vell Bullard into the finals where they placed second overall, but first among American teams. The sign in front of the school on Big Bethel Road states it all – Congratulations Cuffee, House, Marrow, Bullard - #2 in World.
**U.S. Girls 4x800m Relay Record: Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) in 8:43.12!!! Friday just keeps on getting better. In the girls 4x800m relay, Holmwood Tech (Jamaica) beat Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) (photo left by Tim Fulton) 8:41.52-8:43.12 in a simply perfect race. Eleanor Roosevelt's performance broke the U.S. record by seven seconds. Eleanor Roosevelt then came back to win the 4x400m relay in 3:37.16. Thursday marked day one of the high school portion of the Penn Relays. Topping the way in the highlights Thursday was Ryann Krais' (PA) (pictured above by Don Rich) big 400m hurdle win in 59.62. Edwin Allen (Jamaica) ran 45.28 in the 4x100m relay for the top time of the day and Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) ran 3:38.40 in the girls 4x400m relay, top advancing time of the day! We'll be brining you the best coverage around this weekend, so keep checking back inside. Results: Friday Boys / Friday Girls / Thursday Girls Schedule / Live Results / Girls Winners Table / Boys Winner Table Video Interviews / Meet Preview / Official Website
Photo by John Herzog While Gloucester junior Hannah Varnell won the Peninsula District title as expected in a stellar time of 18:19 at the Newport News Park 5K course, there was a new name to take notice of right behind her in second place at 18:20 with Hampton sophomore Kristina Woodard. Woodard, who actually defeated Varnell last year to finish second at the district meet in 19:10 and qualified for the state meet as a freshmen out of the Eastern Region, still has been very much under the radar compared to the likes of Tallwood's Octavia Rinehardt and Gloucester's Hannah Varnell within the region.
Recent Bethel graduate Shakia Forbes was selected today as a member of the USA Today's All-American team in high school track & field for the 2007 year. Forbes, the Nike Outdoor Nationals champion and VHSL Group AAA state champion in the long jump, had a stellar senior campaign from the indoor to outdoor season. In indoors, Forbes won the long jump competition at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York to go along with a runner-up finish at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Maryland for two strong showings at the two high school indoor national meets. Her great indoor national performances carried over to this spring as she was consistently the state leader in the event all spring and found herself well up the national leaderboard. She claimed that elusive state championship that had been missing in June and then uncorked her first mark ever over 20 feet at the Nike Outdoor Nationals for her second national title in a US #5 mark of 20'2.25". Forbes was the only Virginian prep selected to the USA Today All-American team. USA Today All-Americans: Boys Team - Girls Team
Well it is not the trip to Brazil for the Pan Am Junior Championships that Bethel's Shakia Forbes had hoped she would be making this summer as she was unable to qualify for the US team at USATF Junior Nationals last week, but a trip to Puerto Rico is a pretty fair consolation prize for the graduated senior. Courtesy of a selection by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation, organizers of the Nike Indoor and Nike Outdoor Nationals, Forbes will be joined by fellow US prep stars in international competition at the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in San Juan, Puerto Rich this Saturday, June 30th. Last year in the inaugrual event, Virginians Katie Doswell and Mike Morrison made the trip to Puerto Rico to compete for "Team NSSF" against athletes from the Caribbean nations. Forbes, the Nike Outdoor Nationals champion with a mark of 20'2.25", will be competing in the long jump at the Caribbean Scholastic Invite with 14 other US girls.
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Shakia Forbes of Bethel as the Seton Hall bound senior popped her first long jump ever over 20 feet to take the Nike Outdoor Nationals title in a US #4 mark of 20\'2.25\". Forbes will be attempting to make the US Junior Nationals team next week in Indianapolis, which should be a very competitive event with close to ten juniors over 20 feet this year.
The Deep Creek boys were the lone Virginia relay to make into the Championships of America finals this past week at the Penn Relays as the Hornets won their qualifying heat on Saturday morning with a time of 3:18.08. In the COA finals of the 4x400 meter relay, Deep Creek finished sixth in 3:19.44 as the second US squad with Long Beach Poly of California winning in 3:09.89. Making up the Deep Creek 4x400 were Keonta Coleman, Dejor Simmons, Dewey Gatling, and Curtis Campbell. Lakeland junior Chris Copeland had the highest individual finish at Penn among any of the Virginia boys in the high jump as the Nike Indoor Nationals All-American and defending AAA state indoor champion matched his personal best height with a clearance of 6'8" to earn second place honors. Check out race videos from Penn Relays at flocasts.com
Video interview by Brandon Miles with Bethel senior Shakia Forbes at the 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals. Forbes was a national champion and national runner-up over this past weekend in the long jump as she won the national title on Friday at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York and then took runner-up in the long jump on Sunday at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Maryland. (Photo by John Herzog)
Bethel senior Shakia Forbes won Virginia's first national title of the weekend on Friday at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. Forbes, who will be competing not too far from the New York Armory next year at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, won the long jump competition with a top mark of 19'4.75". She will be pulling double duty this weekend as she will also be competing in the other indoor national championship in Landover, Maryland for Nike Indoor Nationals in the long jump as well. More updates of performances by Virginians at NSIC's day 1 events to come... NSIC Live Results!
This weekend\'s Asics Invitational will be hosted at Liberty University\'s Tolsma Track Center in Lynchburg and will be hosted over two days on Friday and Saturday. The meet will feature four individual state leaders including the likes of Bethel\'s Shakia Forbes and Harrisonburg\'s Tim Beierle as well as the state\'s fastest 4x400 meter relay in the Osbourn Park girls. Events will start at 4:30 PM on Friday and resume again on Saturday at 9:00 AM.
The meet was off to a flying start on Friday in the first day of events at the Christopher Newport University High School Showcase in Newport News. There were three US top five performances recorded during the event and several state leading performances also posted.
Alan Webb, Lashawn Merritt, and Sarah Bowman. These names represent the best of track and field athletes produced from the state of Virginia. Webb and Bowman had national records and national championships to their credentials, while Merritt was a national champion and World Juniors champion. The records they broke and championships they won created legacies within the state which will never let them be forgotten. Bethel senior Francena McCorory appears to be destined to elevate herself into the same elite class. With a reign of dominance over the state since her freshmen year with her first state title stretching to a virtually unbeaten streak that still is found today, McCorory has taken that dominance to the national level this year. With a national record in the 300 meter dash and a US #1 500 time under her belt this indoor season, McCorory is certainly setting herself up for a fine close to what has been one of the most impressive high school track careers in this state\'s history.
MileStat.com was able to get on-site meet interviews with three national leading caliber athletes in Georgetown Prep\'s Steve Duplinsky (US#1 3200), Northside\'s Catherine White (US#1 3200), and Bethel\'s Francena McCorory (US#1 all-time 300).
No suprise with the amount of competiton and quality of track found at the Freeman Center\'s Vince Brown Track for the CNU Showcase that many of the state\'s best season times were turned in at the two day event in Newport News. In all, 14 state best peformances were recorded at the meet.
Christopher Newport University will host its second high school invitational of the season this weekend with the CNU Showcase. The two day meet held Friday and Saturday, January 7th and 8th at the Freeman Center\'s Vince Brown Track will be the start of several competitive meets after winter break with the state\'s best athletes going head to head. This weekend\'s meet will feature three of the state\'s biggest stars in Michael Morrison, Francena McCorory, and Angela Jenkins.
Bethel senior Francena McCorory broke three meet records at the F.I.T. Invitational with three state leading times in the 55 (7.09), 300 (38.79), and 500 (1:17.59) meter dashes to highlight the performances from the meet held at Prince George County\'s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. Bethel teammate Russell Williams also posted a state best of 1:06.32 in the 500 meter dash. Thomas Jefferson senior Stephanie Reaves in the 1000 (3:03.31) and Westfield boys 4x400 meter relay (3:31.70) also ran the state\'s fastest times to date. Angela Jenkins of Buffalo Gap pulled another double win in the jumps with first place finishes in the long jump (18-4.25) and triple jump (38-9.50). Group AAA state individual runners-up this past fall in cross country, Mike Spooner of West Springfield and Sarah Haidiji of W.T. Woodson, both won their 3200 meter races with times of 9:39.49 and 11:37.76 respectively.
The 11th Annual Friends of Indoor Track Invitational appears to have brought together, once again, many of the top athletes from around the area as they continue their hoped for improvement heading into the new year. The meet was held for quite a few years as a relay only meet at George Mason University with very good success; but has now evolved into a regular track and field championship event format at the extremely nice venue at the Prince George\'s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland with the same continued success. Approximately 1,150 athletes representing forty six high schools will partake on the 200 meter unbanked six lane track in the hopes of eliciting some post Christmas cheer as they try to build up some momentum before heading into the brunt of the indoor schedule.
Bethel junior Francena McCorory came away with MVP honors from the national caliber Mobile Meet of Champions held in Alabama this weekend. McCorory topped national class fields in the 100 and 200 meter dashes en route to taking the top honor of the meet. McCorory posted a time of 11.87 to win the 100 meter dash over Krystin Lacy of Texas (11.90). The clocking was just off her personal best time of 11.83. McCorory doubled back to run a personal best time of 23.85 in the 200 meter dash as she defeated one of the nation\'s top sprinters in Bianca Knight of Mississippi (23.89).
The Bethel girls, coming off a strong indoor track campaign where they claimed the Group AAA team title as well as had state champions among their relays and individuals, will get their first quality meet of the season in at the Mobile Meet of Champions in Mobile, Alabama this weekend. The Mobile meet is traditionally one of the stronger meets in the southeast as it garners not only the best athletes in Alabama, but talented athletes from all over the region.
At the 51st annual Bishop Loughlin Games held at the New York Armory, Bethel junior Francena McCorory ran the second fastest U.S. high school prep time ever for 300 meters with her 37.60 clocking to win the event. McCorory\'s previous personal best in the event was her state meet record breaking 38.23 clocking at last year\'s Group AAA state title victory. McCorory will certainly have ample opportunities to go after the national record as the season is very young.
Sharing honors as Co-Athletes of the Year are equally deserving athletes in Fauquier junior Sarah Bowman and Bethel sophomore Francena McCorory. Hampton freshmen Tierra Brown, Western Albemarle sophomore Ashley Early, William Fleming senior Tiera Hubbard, Amherst senior Sheemeca Berkley, and the Bethel girls 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams also earned distinguished honors. Never are the the selections for the All-MileStat.com Team easy, and this year was no exception with a competitive spring of outdoor track and field that saw many athletes jostling with another to become the best in the state in their respective events.
While the thirteenth FUMA Invitational will feature some outstanding individual talent, the heat sheets say the team titles should go to DeMatha and Bethel. DeMatha is loaded in the long sprints and should be strong contenders in both the 4x200 and 4x400
A group of talented Bethel girls and Thomas Dale junior Alex Tatu traveled up to the Seton Hall Invitational during the holidays to compete against a very competitive field and performed exceptionally well.
Two of the best in the state, the Bethel girls sprint relays and Menchville's national champion high jumper, Keith Moffatt wasted no time in getting serious this indoor season.
Both Bethel boys and girls cross country squads collected team titles at the Peninsula District Meet at Newport News Park without the help of a true running star. They rather used a tight pack of runners and great depth to help them win the titles.