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Louisa Lions keep on running

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Runners Nicolas Liles (l) and Everett Robinson start the 1,600-meter run at Louisa’s home track meet on Jan. 28.

The Louisa Lions track and field team competed in four meets this week, begining with a trip to Fork Union Military Academy on Jan. 22 for the Jerry Cutright Classic. Louisa’s girls’ track team won the meet, while the boys’ team placed second.

Helping lead the girls’ team to victory was junior Cierra Caicedo, who tallied first-place finishes in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She finished the 1,600-meter run in five minutes, 38.92 seconds and the 3,200-meter run in 12:02.34. Junior Alayna Campbell placed second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:50.54.

Juinor Dahja Price scored a first-place finish in the 55-meter dash, leading the field with a time of 7.60 seconds. She also earned second-place in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 8.98 seconds, and in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet. Price also ran on Louisa’s winning 4×200 relay team, along with juniors Sophie Karney and Neisha Ragland and sophomore Daizhane Hunter.

Senior Celia Agee cleared a height of 11 feet, seven inches to place first in the pole vault, while senior Susan Frierson placed third in the triple jump (32 feet, one inch) and sophomore Diymond Brooks finished third in the long jump (14 feet, nine inches)

The Lions scored 147 points to win the meet. Western Albemarle finished second with 103 points and Fluvanna County rounded out the top three with 68.

On the boys’ team, sophomore Branden Wood led the Lions with first-place finishes in both the 1,000- and 1,600-meter runs, earning respective times of 2:49.64 and 4:44.56. Wood was also part of the Lions’ 4×800 relay team, along with freshman Nicholas Emmert, sophomore Joel Chavez and junior Nicholas Liles.

Senior Jacob Woodson garnered a pair of second place finishes, finishing the 300-meter dash in 39.07 seconds and clearing 13 feet to take second in the pole vault.

Juniors Everett and Garrett Robinson scored respective second and third place finishes for Louisa in the 3,200-meter run. Everett finished the race in 11:42.74, while Garrett ran a time of 11:57.44.

Junior Alex Washington finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, six inches, while junior Chris Askew placed fourth with a distance of 35 feet, 10 inches. Washington also competed in the shot put, where he finished fourth (39 feet, one inch).

Woodberry Forest Meet

The Lions were back in action on Jan. 25, traveling to Woodberry Forest School for their next meet. The Lions scored a number of first-place finishes throughout the day.

Price led the field in both the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles with respective times of 7.45 seconds and 9.01 seconds. Also on the track, Caicedo placed first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11 minutes, 54.18 seconds.

In the field events, sophomore Chloe Fritz won first place in the high jump with a height of four feet, eight inches, while Brooks led the field in the triple jump with a distance of 16 feet, two inches.

Frierson and Agee garnered first-place finishes in the triple jump and pole vault, respectively. Frierson won with a jump of 34 feet, 3.5 inches, and Agee cleared 11 feet, six inches to claim the top spot.

In the boys’ events, Woodson brought home the top prize in both the 55-meter hurdles (8.54 seconds) and the pole vault (13 feet). Wood scored Louisa’s only other individual win on the track, placing first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:19.27.

Sophomore Logan McGhee won the high jump, clearing a height of five feet, eight inches,while junior Chris Gaines and Washington placed first in the triple jump and long jump, respectively. Gaines won the triple jump with a distance of 38 feet, two inches, and Washington scored a winning jump of 18 feet, 11 inches to win the long jump.

Both Louisa’s boys’ and girls’ 4×200 relay teams also finished first.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 31, 2019 issue.

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