When the Louisa Lions indoor track team went to their marks at the Liberty Elite Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 14, standout Raeshawn Bishop was noticeably absent due to a previous commitment to take the ACT exam on the same day.
At the Fork Union Mini-Meet on Thursday, Dec. 19, Bishop made sure his presence was known.
Bishop took second place in the long jump and high jump event, the latter of which qualified him for state competition. He also contributed to the 4×200 and 4×400 meter teams who took first place at the event. Add in a first place in the men’s 300-meter final, and you start to figure out why Bishop is one of the most highly touted athletes in the state.
But the Lions as a team also had strong showings in various other events throughout the day. Benjamin Fleming took sixth place in the 1000-meter finals with a time of 2:55.72. Louisa’s 4×800 team of Fleming, Justice Anderson, Jared Nelson and Noah Jones took sixth place. Though 12 other schools participated in the meet, athletes from Louisa placed in the top 10 in eight of the event’s 22 categories.
Louisa’s girls team also turned some heads at the event, finishing in the top 10 in 11 of the 24 events they participated in. The 4×200 relay team of Brandy Brown, Aaliyah Clark, Amari Quarles and Kiana Richardson took fifth place, with a time of 1:58.98, and the Lions took sixth place in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays as well.
To read the entire story, see the Dec. 26 edition of The Central Virginian.