Louisa County High School’s track and field teams kicked off their season with a home win on Jan. 9, defeating Powhatan High School and Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. The Lions also picked up several individual first-place finishes throughout the meet.
Dezmajia Carter led a Louisa sweep in the 55-meter dash with a winning time of 8.09 seconds. Madison Chandler and Mariah Gaines finished second and third with respective times of 8.51 seconds and 8.70 seconds. Carter also picked up wins for Louisa in the long jump and triple jump events with winning distances of 15 feet, 7.5 inches and 33 feet, 10 inches, respectively.
Kennedy Harris won the 3,200-meter run, finishing in 13 minutes, 24.31 seconds, and Olivia Hurley took first place in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.03 seconds. Alicia Woodfolk finished first in the shot put with a distance of 35 feet, one inch.
The Lions also had wins in relay races, with Chandler, Hurley, Gaines and Maddox Pleasants combining for a winning time of 2:05.39 in the 4x200 relay. Louisa’s 4x800 relay team, made up of Harris, Caroline Chapman, Madison Metz and Maeve Myers, won their race with a time of 11:20.24.
The Lions scored 65 points to finish first in the team rankings. Maggie Walker was second with 51 and Powhatan scored four points.
For the boys’ team, Robert Brown picked up wins in the high jump with a height of four feet, 10 inches, and the long jump with a winning distance of 18 feet, six inches. Wyatt Snyder also picked up a pair of wins, racing to a first place finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 11.82 seconds and leading the field in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, nine inches.
The Lions also picked up wins in several distance events, with Nicholas Emmert winning the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:44.57 and Caiden Davenport setting the pace in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:46.47. Andrew Estes won the 500-meter run with a time of 1:18.82, and Sean Karney won the shotput with a throw of 38 feet, one inch. Louisa’s 4x200 relay team of Brown, Snyder, Karney and Anthony Smith placed first with a time of 1:44.73.
Louisa’s boys’ team scored 77 points for a first-place finish. Maggie Walker scored 41 points for a second-place finish, and Powhatan was third with 22 points.
The Lions hosted their second meet of the season on Jan. 13. Results were unavailable at press time. They will be back on the track on Jan. 16 for a home meet against Charlottesville High School. Events are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.