Morris leads Eagles in meet at Liberty

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The 2017 Joe Curcio Track Classic at Liberty University was cut short by inclement weather over the weekend, but not before Prince Edward County High School’s girls and boys outdoor track and field teams created some highlights.

Lady Eagles freshman Makayla Morris won the girls high jump with a 5-foot-1-inch leap.

Prince Edward Head Track and Field Coach James Baker noted that Morris had been struggling in the high jump as of late and this was a good return to form.

“It was good for her to get back up there again so her confidence is back,” he said, adding it was also good that she proved to herself she could jump well in wet conditions.

“I was kind of sorry that the storm came when it did, because I wanted to see what she could do in the triple jump, because she had been jumping well, and so had the other girls.”

Placing second in the boys 100-meter dash at the meet was Eagles senior Bryan Moses with a time of 11.48 seconds.

“He beat the kid from Amherst (County High School) that beat him before, but it was another kid that got him this time,” Baker said. “The time wasn’t that great, but they were running in a downpour.”

Lady Eagles freshman Naomi Jones placed third in the girls 400-meter dash, finishing in one minute, 3.68 seconds.

Also placing third was the Lady Eagles 4×100-meter relay team. The quartet of Morris, sophomore Jordan Booker, sophomore Salma Muhammad and freshman Mia Seay produced a time of 52.38 seconds, besting nine other teams, including Heritage High School, of Lynchburg.

“Last time, Heritage beat them,” Baker said. This time, “the two teams that beat them were Dinwiddie (High School) and E.C. Glass (High School), so those are some high-level teams.”

Booker placed fourth in the girls long jump with a 16-3 1/2 leap, and Baker said she was denied the chance to compete in the girls 300-meter hurdles by the inclement weather.

Rounding out the Prince Edward athletes to place in the top 10 were junior Nadira Walker and senior Makaela Samuel.

Walker earned ninth in the girls shot put with a 29-3 1/2 throw, and Samuel earned 10th in the same event with a 29 1/2 mark.

Among the Prince Edward athletes making the top 15 were sophomore Nia Lee (12th in the girls 100-meter hurdles), junior Haleema Muhammad (13th in the girls shot put) and Salma Muhammad (13th in the girls 100-meter dash and 15th in the girls long jump).

Prince Edward’s boys and girls teams host Central Lunenburg and Cumberland high schools for a meet Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.