To preview this weekend here are previews for all four of these invitationals and some of the other meets being run as well. Expect photo and video coverage all over the state as well for this huge weekend.
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Glen Allen, Douglas Freeman, and Menchville all also gave strong chase but it seems that this year it will be their time to shine.
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Sad news to report from Newport News as a rising freshmen at Menchville High School in Joy Meyer died during a cross country team practice this past Thursday on the Noland Trail 5 mile loop at the Mariner's Museum. Our condolences go out to the Menchville High School team and community as well as the family of Joy Meyer.
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.
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.
Yvette Lewis was one of the state's best and most versatile high school track & field athletes this past decade. No female individual scored as many points as Lewis did in her junior and senior year at Denbigh and Menchville high schools in state competition including winning the AAA state indoor crown by herself for Menchville with 48 points individually. In the 2003 AAA State Indoor Championships, Lewis won the 55 meter hurdles and triple jump to add to her runner-up finishes in the long jump, high jump, 55 meter dash and a fourth place finish in the 300. In her high school career, Lewis won a total of 2 national titles and 6 state titles. Lewis stayed local for college and competed at Hampton University in which she won NCAA national titles in the triple jump in both indoor and outdoor. She has been knocking on the door of representing the US in IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games the past few years with high finishes just off qualifying at the USATF Championships while competing professionally for Nike.
Photo by Andy Paisley The 2007 Peninsula District Championships saw an exciting duel between Gloucester's Hannah Varnell and Hampton's Kristina Woodard for the individual title with both runners posting times well into the 18's with Varnell as a two second winner over Woodard at 18:18. Both return in 2008 and another fast race should be expected between the two. Woodard has been a district runner-up twice in cross country and will attempt to knock Varnell off for her first championship. After running her first full year of track this past year as a sophomore and qualifying for state competition indoor and outdoor in the 3200 meter run with a 11:21 best, Woodard may be ready to make that jump. Varnell leads the Gloucester girls as favorites to repeat their district championship as the Lady Dukes have three of the top six returnees from the 2007 district meet in Varnell, Elisabeth Drake, and Danielle Martin. Freshmen Victoria Luera should also make an instant impact for the team as well individually within the district. Meanwhile, another sweep of the district team titles for the Gloucester program will be no easy feat as the Gloucester boys should have their hands full with two solid returning teams in Menchville and Gloucester.
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.
Athlete spotlight interview with Menchville senior Kali Watkins. The Notre Dame recruit clocked a personal best time of 7.95 to win the 55 meter hurdles at the Eastern Region Meet to defeat rival Tierra Brown of Hampton as well as dip under eight seconds for the first time. Watkins is the defending VHSL AAA state champion in the 55 meter hurdles and earned All-American honors in the 60 meter hurdles at the 2006 Nike Indoor Nationals. (Photo by John Herzog)
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.
MileStat.com Athlete of the Week award for the week of April 9th through April 15th goes to Menchville\'s Nicole Saunders and Appomattox County\'s Rashad Kelso.
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.
Many of the top Richmond Metro area athletes gathered to compete in the Arthur Ashe Center over the winter break at the track invitational and clinic hosted by Maggie Walker. Menchville senior Dwight Porter posted the meet\'s sole state best performance as he won the 55 meter hurdles in a swift time of 7.55. Colonial Heights senior John Bailey yet again took another double victory in the long jump (21-2.75) and triple jump (42-8). Atlee senior Anthony Easter pulled off two impressive wins in the 300 meter (38.08) and 500 meter dashes (1:10.57). Maggie Walker sophomore Ritchie Vaughan had a great run in her 1600 meter win (5:23.66) as she won by over 30 seconds. Fellow Maggie Walker sophomore Emily Wauford also was a race winner in the 1000 meter run with her strong time of 3:20.83. Maggie Walker also had two individual winners in the distance events on the boys\' side as junior Daniel Howard in the 1000 meter run (2:43.23) and senior Jonathan Charlesworth in the 3200 meter run (10:22.04) were victorious. John F. Kennedy had the top two 55 meter dash sprinters on the day as Michael Drake (6.72) won for the boys and Shannon Hill (7.38) won for the girls. Pettes sisters from Armstrong ruled much of the girls\' side of the meet. Malaika Pettes, a senior, was the winner in 55 meter hurdles (8.93), high jump (5-1), and triple jump (35-1), while sister Shoshana, a junior, finished second in the high jump (5-1), long jump (16-3), and triple jump (34-6.25).
Salem\'s Amy Seward and Menchville\'s Yvette Lewis (formerly of Denbigh) did battle in an exciting showdown of the state\'s two best female jumpers with Lewis getting the better of Seward most of the day, which was a busy one for both. Lewis took home wins in the long jump (18-6.50), triple jump (41-4.50), and 55 meter dash (7.28), and a runner-up in the high jump (5-6) as she earned athlete of the week honors.
Many of the state\'s best performances were posted at Christopher Newport University\'s Winter Frolic. Last year\'s state champions in indoor and outdoor track Deep Creek boys dominated the meet as well as did their girl squads by winning both team titles.
The Newport News Invitational at Newport News Park turned out to be a very competitive meet with some of the best teams and runners in the state competing as they battled it out.
Although the meet is four months away, the 2002 Southern Track Classic has a boatload of early commitments from elite talent. Several current National leaders, All-Americans and numerous State Champs have indicated that The Classic is on their schedule.
Maybe it was out vengeance for not getting what they wanted for Christmas, but winning one event at the Green Dragon Invitational was not enough for Menchville's Dwight Porter, Manchester's Briana Smith and Kwadena Caple.
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.