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Louisa track shines at Liberty

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

It may be early in the season, but Louisa County High School’s track team isn’t getting caught flatfooted.

The Lions made a strong appearance at the Liberty Elite Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 14. Despite competing against 21 other schools, Louisa runners placed highly in numerous categories.

The boys team was led by Kadarius Tomes, who took over the team’s high scoring role with the absence of standout Raeshawn Bishop, who couldn’t race due to scheduling conflicts with his ACT test. Tomes took second place overall in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 11.25 inches, his best of the season. Tomes also took third overall in the long jump and sixth in the 55-meter hurdles.

“Tomes has made some big strides,” team coach Jerry Cutright said. “He’s definitely going to be an integral part of the team.”

Ricky Langhorne also had an impressive showing, shattering two of his own personal records en route to a fourth place finish in the long jump and a sixth place finish in the triple jump.

Despite mixing around their roster a bit due to Bishop’s absence, Louisa was able to put up competitive times in the relay portion of the tournament as well. Louisa took home a sixth place finish in the 4×800 meter relay and fifth in the 4×400. The Lions’ 4×200 meter relay team came in third with a time of 1:38.26, just a second and a half behind first place South Lakes.

The girls relay team also fared well, coming in fifth in the 4×200 meter relay. The team, comprised of Kianna Richardson, Aaliyah Clark, Amari Quarles and Brandy Brown, turned in a time of 1:57.79, their best of the year so far.

Individually, Brown took home fourth place in the triple jump for Louisa with a jump of 36 feet, 6.5 inches, a length that qualified her for conference play in just the third meet of the season.

Clark also qualified for conference play with a high jump of four feet, eight inches, which was good for seventh place overall.

So far, Cutright said he is pleased with the amount of progress the team has made. Regardless, he said the team’s youth has been tough to overcome at times.

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 19 edition of The Central Virginian.