Lady Charger Track
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School girls track team took six first place finishes in a five-team meet held at New Kent High School on March 18.
The Lady Chargers dominated the middle distance and distance running events. The teams participating were New Kent, Charles City, King William, Mathews and Middlesex.
Coach Johann Odom looks to have one of the strongest girls track teams in recent history as the Lady Chargers have All-State cross-country ace Missy Hall, a freshman, running for the varsity and All-Region A cross-country star Rebecca Walker running track for the first time.
Also returning are shot put and discus standouts Ashae Burnett and Micah Reed. Burnett was the Tidewater and Region A champion in the shot put and Reed finished third in the district and region in discus and fourth in shot put in both district and region last year.
“We are looking at a very strong girls team,” said Coach Odom, “but the main thing we are looking at now is keeping everyone healthy.”
Walker was the only double Lady Charger winner at the March 18 meet. She won the 800 and 1600 meters with times of 6:01.76 and 2:45.19, respectively.
Hall won the 3200 meters with a time of 12:03. The next closest time was MHS runner Olivia Cloud, who turned in a 13:31 clocking. Hall also finished second in the girls long jump with a leap of 14’4”.
Middlesex’s Aerial Perry won the 400 meters in 1:10.97.
In the weight divisions, Ashae Burnett won the shot put (32’9") and Micah Reed came in third (30’11"). Reed won the discus (80’6"), and Burnett came in fifth (70’8").
Other girls to place were Felecia Marsh, sixth in the 400 meters, 1:14.8; Jarricha Marsh, 14th, 400 meters, 1:26; Goivanna Wingfield, 18th, 400 meters, 1:37; and Devina Peters, 19th, 400 meters, 1:45.
In the 200 meters, Perry finished 7th, 31.5; Felecia Marsh, 8th, 33.04; Jarricha Marsh, 9th, 34.14; Devina Peters, 10th, 34.24; Beth Guill, 12th, 34.81; and Wingfield, 13th, 35.45.
In the 100 meters, Guill finished 13th, 16.07; Peters, 16th, 16.50; and Goivanna, 17th, 16.85.
The Lady Chargers 4x400 meter relay team comprised of Perry, Walker, Hall and Cloud finished second with a time of 4:45.
Perry also finished fifth in the high jump with a 4-foot jump; Felecia Marsh, 7th, long jump, 11’4”; Kanisha King, 14th, shot put, 20’9”, and 27th in the discus, 33’3”.
The Lady Chargers visited King William on March 25, and will run in the West Point Invitational on Saturday, April 4.