Lions medal at Fork Union

Caroline Chapman races around the track in the second leg of the girls' 4x800 relay

The Louisa Lions’ indoor track and field athletes brought home a number of top five finishes from their final meet of 2021, held at Fork Union Military Academy on Dec. 16.

Dezmajia Carter earned a trio of individual wins at the meet, leading the field in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.61 seconds, and winning both the long and triple jump events with respective jumps of 16 feet, nine inches and 35 feet, one inch. Carter also ran on the 4x200 relay team, along with Cayla Frazier, Angel David and Arianna Jones. The team finished in 1:55.55.

Kennedy Harris won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:50.45 and ran the opening leg of the girls’ 4x800 relay. She and teammates Madison Chandler, Caroline Chapman and Madison Metz combined for a winning time of 10:32.00.

Maeve Myers finished second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:36.94, while Chapman finished fifth with a time of 3:44.70. Brittany Vassell and Takiyah Anderson earned respective second- and third-place finishes in the 55-meter hurdles, with times of 10.63 seconds and 11.17 seconds. Frazier brought home a third place finish in the 300-meter dash with a time of 46.79 seconds and Yelena Nguyen finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 14:08.27. The girls’ 4x400 relay team of Myers, Metz, Maddox Pleasants and Hannah Ryan finished third with a time of 4:43.27.

In the field events, Ryan placed second in the high jump and third in the pole vault with respective jumps of four feet, four inches and eight feet. Anderson and Vassell tied for fifth in the high jump at four feet, and Bennett Pleasants placed fifth in the pole vault with a jump of seven feet. Taylor Waddy finished second in the shot put with a throw of 24 feet one inch, and David placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 30 feet, 10 inches.

For the boys, Nicholas Emmert picked up a first-place finish in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:43.09. William Moore followed in second place with a time of 2:52.02 and Caiden Davenport finished fifth with a time of 2:57.04. The three of them, along with Gavin Myers ran in the 4x800 relay race, winning with a time of 8:47.20. Moore and Emmert also ran on the boys’ 4x400 relay team along with Samuel George and Noah Johnston. The team finished third with a time of 3:53.34.

Davenport finished second in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:53.85 and Myers placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:32.47. Anthony Smith finished third in the 300-meter dash with a time of 38.94 seconds and Tyler Torbush finished fifth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.07 seconds. Smith also competed in the 4x200 relay with teammates George, Johnson and Tyson Robinson. They finished second with a time of 1:43.62.

Jonathan Paschell placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 36 feet, three inches, and Torbush and Lucas Cash tied for third in the pole vault with jumps of 11 feet. Paschell cleared five feet to place fourth in the high jump and Robinson and Smith took fourth and fifth in the long jump with respective jumps of 19 feet, 0.5 inches and 17 feet, six inches.

“I think we did well,” said Coach Jerry Cutright. “We had some kids improve their times and I thought our distance runners and relay teams had good races. We’re getting ready for the competition when we come back in January.”

The Lions will be back in action on Jan. 8, traveling to Liberty University for an invitational meet. Events begin at 9:30 a.m.

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