Ellis leads Chargers to 2nd place in Region A
|Middlesex’s Brad Gills hands the baton off to D’Angelo King in the 4x100 meter relay at the Region A track meet on Friday in West Point. (Photo by Larry Chowning)|
Green, Johnson, and Robinson score key points
by Larry Chowning
The Middlesex High School boys track team finished second in the Region A track meet at West Point High School on Friday, May 24, by scoring 43 points.
As a team, Northumberland High School dominated the meet with 77 points. Sussex Central was third with 41 points and Mathews was fourth with 37 points.
Ridge Ellis paced the Chargers by scoring 22 points. Ellis won the 800 meters (2:10.58) and the 1,600 meters (4:54.88), and also ran a leg on the MHS 1,600-meter relay team (3:44.14) that placed second.
The Chargers were also paced by Malik Green, who placed second in the 400 meters (54.05), and Cullen Johnson, who finished fourth in the 800 meters (2:16.71).
Johnson incredibly shaved over 30 seconds off his previous best time of 2:46.94, winning the “slow” heat. It’s very unusual for anyone in a slow heat to place in the finals, but the MHS senior came through and ran his best race of the year.
Others to place for MHS were Gregory Robinson, fifth in the 300 meters hurdles with a personal best time of 47.58; Robert Lemon, sixth in the long jump (19’3.75”); and the 1,600-meter relay team of Ellis, Green, Tarik Audian and Joseph Nordan was second.
Those who placed in the Region A meet qualified for the Virginia Group A State Meet that will be held this Saturday at Radford University in Radford.
Other team scores were Lancaster, fifth, 35 points; Charles City and Washington & Lee, tied for sixth with 29 points each; Franklin, eighth, 28; Essex, ninth, 23; Arcadia, 10th, 20; King William, 11th, 19; Rappahannock, 12th, 17; Nandua and Northampton tied for 13th with 14 points each; Windsor, 15th, 13; King & Queen, 16th, 9 points; Chesterfield, 17th, 8; and West Point, 18th, 3.