Several Lions advance to state championship track meet

Chloe Fritz won the Region 4B championship title in the high jump with a regional record jump of five feet, four inches. She also qualified in the 300-meter hurdles and as a member of the 4x400 relay team. File photo

The Louisa Lions’ girls’ track and field team finished second in the Region 4B championship on June 10, with a number of individual athletes qualifying for the state championship. 

The girls’ team totaled 131 points for their second place finish, coming in behind Hanover with 143. Dezmajia Carter was the biggest contributor to the team score, earning 28.25 points. 

Carter led the field in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 1.5 inches. She also qualified for states in the 100-meter dash with a second place finish (12.89 seconds) and a fourth place finish in the 200-meter dash (27.10 seconds). She also ran the anchor leg for the 4x100 relay team, which finished fourth.

“She’s very solid in all of her events,” said Coach Jerry Cutright.

Diymond Brooks and Sylvie Jackson also qualified for the state meet in the triple jump, with respective second and third place jumps of 33 feet, 10.5 inches and 33 feet, eight inches. Brooks finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 11 inches, and Jackson also qualified in the high jump with a second place jump of five feet, two inches.

Chloe Fritz won the regional championship in the high jump with a regional record of five feet, four inches. She also qualified for states with a second-place finish in the pole vault (nine feet, six inches) and a third-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (51.40 seconds). She also advances as a member of the 4x400 relay team.

“Chloe’s really worked hard this year and it’s starting to come together for her,” Cutright said.

The Lions’ 4x800 relay team finished second with a time of 10:25.48 to advance to states, and Kennedy Harris finished third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:28.63. Alicia Woodfolk won the discus with a throw of 100 feet, 9.5 inches and finished third in the shotput (36 feet, 11 inches).

Several members of the boys’ team also qualified for the state championship meet. Branden Wood took second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:41.88 and Nicholas Emmer finished third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:23.16. 

Lowell Johnson advances in both the shotput and discus events, earning respective second- and fourth-place finishes with throws of 50 feet, 5.75 inches and 133 feet, eight inches. Colin King and Tyler Torbush will both represent the Lions in the pole vault, having respectively finished third and fourth at the regional meet.

“We’re looking forward to [states] and having another go at it,” Cutright said. “I’m pleased with everyone’s progress and I want us to continue to do better.”

The Class 4 State Championship meet will be held at Liberty University on June 19. Events begin at 8 a.m.

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