Lions roar in road meets

Sophie Karney clears a hurdle on her way to a win in the 55-meter hurdles.

The Louisa Lions track teams brought home a number of first-place finishes from their two meets last week, racing in the Jerry Cutright Classic at Fork Union on Jan. 21 and in an invitational meet at Woodberry Forest on Jan. 24. Many athletes won events at both meets.

Dahja Price won the 55-meter dash in both events with times of 7.44 seconds at Fork Union and 7.40 at Woodberry Forest. She also picked up a first-place finish in both the 300-meter dash and the long jump at Fork Union with respective results of 45.54 seconds and 15 feet, 4.5 inches.

Diymond Brooks won the long jump at Woodberry Forest with a season-best ditances of 16 feet, 3.75 inches. Dezmajia Carter placed first in the triple jump at both events with distances of 32 feet, eight inches at Fork Union and a personal-best 36 feet, 11 inches at Woodberry Forest.

Cierra Caicedo led the field in the 3,200-meter run at Woodberry Forest, finishing in 11 minutes, 27.04 seconds. She ran in the 1,000- and 1,600-meter runs at Fork Union, winning with times of 3:21.54 and 5:29.74, respectively. Chloe Fritz won the high jump at both meets, clearing five feet each time. She also led the field in the pole vault with 10 feet.

Sophie Karney won the 55-meter hurdles in both meets with times of 9.12 and 9.17 seconds respectively. Alicia Woodfolk won the shotput at Woodberry Forest with a season-best 32 feet, 5.5 inches.

For the boys’ team, Tyrek Shelton won the 55-meter dash at Fork Union with a time of 6.94 seconds. The Lions had success in the 3,200-meter run, sweeping the top three spots at both meets. Nicholas Emmert led the way at Fork Union with a time of 10:11.44, followed by Garrett and Everett Robinson in second and third place. At Woodberry Forest, Andrew Choffel took the top spot in 10:41.23, with Caiden Davenport (10:42.61) and Matt Klapak (10:42.99) right behind him.

Lucas Cash picked up a win in the pole vault at Woodberry Forest, clearing 11 feet for the top spot.

The Lions also found success in the relay events, with the girls’ 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams winning in both meets, and the 4x800 team claiming the top spot at Woodberry Forest. The boys also won the 4x200 at each meet, with the 4x400 team winning at Fork Union and the 4x800 leading the way at Woodberry Forest.

“We have a few kids still out, but we’re working on getting them healthy,” Lions’ Coach Jerry Cutright said. “We’re moving in the right direction, but we still have a lot of work to do [before regionals].”

The Lions will be back at home on Feb. 5 for their final meet before the Jefferson District championship at Fork Union on Feb. 7. The home meet begins at 3 p.m. and the district championship starts at noon.

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