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In Saturday, Feb. 27, at Tolsma Track Center, at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va., King George High School (KGHS) will be represented by 17 of its elite indoor track and field team members at the 2010 VHSL Group AA State Indoor Track & Field Championships.
After their last finish at the Region I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, in Hampton, Va., the Foxes pose a legitimate threat to bring home State honors. There is no question that the Foxes have the right stuff. After placing second with 70 points, the girls’ team had its strongest Regional finish in the schools history. History could have been drastically changed if the Foxes had seven more points for a State Championship.
Saving her best performance for last, Shearl Levere of King George also earned two regional titles in the horizontal jumps with top marks of 15’11.75” and 34’0.75” in the triple jump. Earning 26 points, Levere was the top individual point contributor, and she also placed third in the hurdles (9.29).
Freshman Lady Fox Lindsey Armentrout helped her team’s cause by placing in four events (500-meters, high jump, pole vault, 4x400-meters).
The 4x200-meter relay team of Amethyst Polk, Alexi James, Imani Murray, Zuri Polk, and Mary Meyer placed first with a time of 1:52.72. Also, the 4x400-meter relay team (Amethyst Polk, Alexi James, Mary Meyer, Lindsey Armentrout, Imani Murray) finished second, with a time of 4:27.35.
Other girls who will accompany the aforementioned Regional qualifiers to states are as follows: Haley Armentrout, 3,200-meters, 12:25.57, fourth place; Kenzie Belew, pole vault, 8’6”, fifth place; Ciara Mading, 3,200-meters, 12:33.18, sixth place.
Before any girls’ team could claim the Regional title, three schools — Tabb, King George and eventual champion, Lafayette — battled down to the wire in the final event. With the entire field of athletes surrounding the track, athletes raced across the finish across for their team’s final placement.
As for the boys’ team, they were leading through nine events; however, due to a weakness in their distance events, the Foxes fell to fifth place in the end. The boys’ team of Jamestown finished first with 60 points, while district rival, Caroline, placed third with 48 points.
Standout multi-athlete Joe Walton had a strong performance as he placed first in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, and second in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 6.619. He also ran the anchor leg of the boys’ 4x200-meter relay team (David Jerson, Wayne Wyatt, Glenn Jones, Joe Walton, Terry Santos), placing the Foxes third with a time of 1:34.84.
Matt Jerson placed sixth in the pole vault to claim the final Regional placement in his event. Matt will accompany his brother David and the rest of the boys’ qualifiers to the State championship.
Another Fox standout multi-athlete who had an outstanding day was Terry Santos. Santos finished second in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.06
Other than King George, the only district girls’ team to finish in the top five was Caroline, who placed fourth with 56 points.
Along with the three fastest relays teams, the six top individual performers from each event will compete in the State championship.
The future is bright for the future of track and field at KGHS. In fact, with the exception of losing Ciara Mading to graduation, the Lady Foxes will return with the core of their team next year. In a matter of weeks, a faster, more experienced Foxes girls’ team will be featured in the upcoming spring season. Not only has track and field at KGHS regained it its swagger, but also with new athletes entering the program, life in the Foxes fast lane just got faster.
Leonard M. Banks