The Louisa Lions’ track and field team faced tough competition and set a few personal records at the Virginia High School League Class 4 state championship meet on June 19.

“A lot of times, people judge [the results] on the way the score comes out, but if an athlete can run their best time or get their best jump, that’s all a coach can ask for,” said Head Coach Jerry Cutright.

Nicholas Emmert took third in the 1,600-meter run, the only Lion to finish in the top three. Emmert ran the race in 4:23.21.

“I thought the pack was going to go out a bit faster so I was just going to sit back and around the third lap make my move,” he said. “It felt like I was on cruise control the entire race. It didn’t feel difficult at all.”

Several other Lions finished among the top five in the state. Lowell Johnson took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 10 inches, and Tyler Torbush set a personal best in his first state pole vault competition, clearing 10 feet, six inches to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place.

Diymond Brooks closed out her senior season with a personal record jump of 35 feet, one inch in the triple jump, finishing fifth. Dezmajia Carter finished just outside the top five with a sixth-place jump of 35 feet.

Chloe Fritz finished fifth in the high jump with a jump of five feet and cleared nine feet, six inches in the pole vault to finish sixth. She also competed in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing ninth with a time of 50.62 seconds.

Alicia Woodfolk finished in the top 10 in both the shot put and discus, finishing sixth and eighth respectively with throws of 36 feet, four inches and 96 feet, five inches. 

Other individual top 10 finishers for the Lions were Carter in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.61 seconds and Sylvie Jackson in the high jump with a jump of five feet.

The girls’ 4x800 relay team of Madison Chandler, Maddox Pleasants, Kennedy Harris and Caroline Chapman took eighth with a season best 10:25.14. Carter anchored the 10th-place 4x100 relay team, working with Olivia Hurley, Cayla Frazier and Riley Smith to earn a season best time of 51.83 seconds.

Other personal records for the day included Harris in the girls’ 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:26.82, Carter in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.61 seconds and Branden Wood in the boys’ 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:39.54. The girls’ 4x400 relay team of Fritz, Chandler, Pleasants and Faith Leslie also ran a season best race with a time of 4:24.14.

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