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Charger trackmen win third straight Conference 42 title

Sean Johnson (above) of Middlesex soars en route to winning the long jump in last week’s Conference 42 meet. Johnson scored 39 points and was named Most Valuable Performer of the meet. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

Region A meet is today at Sussex

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School boys track team won the Conference 42 championship on Wednesday, May 18, at Charles City High School. Senior Sean Johnson led the Chargers with 39 points and was named Most Valuable Performer (MVP) of the meet.

It was the third straight Conference 42 title for Coach Joel Anderson’s Chargers. “We are excited about winning and look forward to regions,” said Coach Anderson. “The boys have peaked at the right time and are performing at their very best now. We also have a good group who have already qualified for state.”

Middlesex scored 146 points; Tidewater District champion Mathews was second, 121; Cumberland, third, 87; West Point, fourth, 47; King and Queen, fifth, 45; Central Lunenburg, sixth, 27; and Charles City, seventh, 18.

Johnson won the 110-meter high hurdles (16.08); high jump (6’3”) and the long jump (22’2.5”), and all three efforts were above the state-qualifying standards. Johnson also finished second in the triple jump (42’), also a state-qualifying jump, and sixth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (47.23).

Middlesex senior Marquez Holmes, the 2015 Conference 42 MVP, won the triple jump (43’6”) and finished second in the long jump (21’1”).  Both jumps were state-qualifying efforts.

Manny Fernandez won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (43.15) to also qualify for state competition.

The Chargers’ 4x800 meter relay team of Reginald Carter, Fernandez, Michael Epps and Tanner Johannsen finished second with a state-qualifying time of 3:44.22.

Johannsen also finished second in the high jump (6’1”) and Raquan Marshall was third in the triple jump (41’8”). Both of these performances were of state-qualifying caliber.

Wayne Taylor just missed making a state-qualifying jump in the triple jump (41’3”), but did finish fourth.

Other Chargers to qualify for the Region A meet, which will be held Thursday, May 26, at Sussex, were Will Howard, 3200 meters, third (11:24.04); and Demetre South, 300-meter intermediate hurdles, second (44.06). 

Other Chargers to place and earn points in the Conference 42 meet were the 4x400 meter relay team of Carter, South, Fernandez and Tim Wilson, third (4:02.64); the 4x100 meter relay team of Dracy Greenwood, Demarcus Key, Jordan Blake and R. Marshall, third, (48.06); R. Marshall, 100 meters, fifth (12.08), and long jump, fifth (19’8”); Johannsen, 800 meters, sixth (2:18.9); Howard, 1600 meters, sixth (5:10.54); South, 100-meter high hurdles, third (18.27); Taylor, long jump, sixth (19’6”); Jamal Jones, shot put, second (39’7”), and discus, fifth (107’1”); and Wilson, discus, fourth (108’8”).

The State Group 1A track meet will be held at Radford University on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4.

posted 05.25.2016

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