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Louisa runners make noise at Fork Union

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Dahja Price (l) and Sophie Karney push each other through the final heat of the 55-meter hurdles race at the Lions’ home track meet on Jan. 8. Karney took first place in the event, followed by Price in second.

The Louisa County High School track team traveled to Fork Union Military Academy on Jan. 12 for the Fred Hardy Invitational. The Lions competed against a wide field of athletes from more than 40 schools, earning several place finishes throughout the meet.

Junior Dahja Price led the girls’ track team, scoring a pair of first-place finishes for the Lions, winning the 55-meter dash in 7.59 seconds and the long jump with a final distance of 16 feet, one inch. She also earned season-best results in the high jump (four feet, 10 inches) and 55-meter hurdles (9.09 seconds), placing third in those events.

Junior Cierra Caicedo finished first in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:45.13. Junior Alayna Campbell placed third in the event with a time of 6:01.06. Freshman Harleigh Kerstetter finished third in the 500-meter dash with a season best time of 1:30.29. Louisa’s 4×800 and 4×200 relay teams garnered respective first- and second-place finishes.

Senior Celia Agee took second in the pole vault with a final result of 11 feet, six inches, and senior Susan Frierson garnered a third-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, eight inches.

For the boys’ team, junior Bowen Varney and sophomore Branden Wood brought home first-place finishes in the 1,000- and 1,600-meter runs with respective times of 2:49.13 and 4:47.45. The Lions’ 4×200 and 4×800 relay teams each finished second.

In the field events, senior Mark Carter came in second in the high jump, clearing six feet. Junior Issac Haywood snagged a pair of third-place finishes in the long jump (19 feet, 5.5 inches) and the triple jump (42 feet, 3.75 inches), and junior Alex Washington finished third in the shot put with a distance of 41 feet.

Polar Bear Meet

The Louisa Lions hosted their second Polar Bear track meet on Jan. 8, competing against Jefferson District rivals Fluvanna County and Charlottesville. Both the boys’ and girls’ track teams won the team competition for the meet.

Leading the boys’ team to their win, junior Bowen Varney and sophomore Branden Wood scored first-place finishes for the Lions in the 500- and 1,000-meter run, respectively. Varney finished in 1:11.52 and Wood finished with a time of 2:53.69.

Juniors Everett Robinson, Nicholas Liles and Garrett Robinson swept the top three places in the 3,200-meter run with respective times of 11:19.74, 11:43.04 and 11:46.04.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 17, 2019 issue.

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