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Middlesex track teams have solid blend of veterans and newcomers

D’Angelo King (above) of Middlesex High School leaped 18’9” in the long jump in a scrimmage last week at West Point High School. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School girls and boys track teams started their spring seasons on March 20 at West Point High School. The Chargers scrimmaged the Pointers, Washington & Lee and Rappahannock.

Returning state qualifiers from last year’s boys team are Ridge Ellis, Tarik Audain, Greg Robinson and Robert Lemon, and Leigh Harrow and Brittin Payne on the girls team.

At the scrimmage, Ellis ran times of 4:56 in the 1600 meters, and 2:12 in the 800 meters. He also ran a leg on the Chargers’ 4x400 meter relay team.

Audain ran the 400 meters in 59 seconds; Robinson ran 18.31 in the 110-meter high hurdles and 47 seconds in the 300-meter low hurdles.

Lemon jumped 19 feet in the long jump, 38’8.3” in the triple jump, and ran a leg on the 4x100 meter relay team.

Other solid performances for the boys were D’Angelo King, 18’9’ in the long jump and 38’ in the triple jump. Robert Drewry ran the 100 meters in 12 seconds, the 200 meters in 25 seconds, and a leg on the 4x100 meter relay team.

For the girls, Monica Ward leaped 12’10” in the long jump, and Molly Brown ran the mile in 7:10 and the 400 meters in 1:17.

“We have a good group of young athletes on our team and a good group of veterans,” said MHS boys coach Joel Anderson. “Jamie and Anne Somerville are on our coaching staff this season and they will bring a good balance to our program.”

Anderson was a weight man (discus and shot put) during his days of competition and the Somervilles both are long-distance runners.

Other members of the boys team are Will Callis, Brett and Will Fochtmann, Kyle Forst, Brad Gills, Dracy Greenwood, Bryan Hollingshead, Trevone Hooks, Tanner Johannsen, Jamal Jones, Charles Keyser, Desmond King, Kevin Marshall, Jalen Morris, Wikan Rajasa, Jacob Self, Stephen Skelton, Simon Urban and Kaleb Wake.

Other members of the girls team are Amber Clark, Kachae Cook, Celine Coridass, Tessa Dewealt, Amari Easter, Jasmine Faucette, Carly Irvin, Tashaya Morris, Quasha Parish, Seva Ragupathy, Emily Shepard, Madison Thomas, Lillian Tunstall, Elena Wizemann, Zinnie Reed, Andri Rowe, Peyton Howder and Audalyn Santiago.

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posted 03.26.2014

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