Dukes, Lady Eagles rule district

Published 1:05 pm Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cumberland County High School’s boys team and Prince Edward County High School’s girls team emerged again as champions Tuesday at the 2018 James River District Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Nottoway.

The teams piled up points across the two-day event, which began at Prince Edward on Monday for the field events and concluded Tuesday at Nottoway High School for the running events. The Dukes continued their reign atop the district by finishing with 156 points, 62 more than their nearest competitor. Cumberland Head Coach Kenneth Jasey said the boys team has won four straight district track championships since 2015.

“(I’m) very proud of our coaching staff and execution of our team performances very professionally, but (it’s) a little bittersweet,” Jasey said. “(I’m) proud of (the) team’s accomplishment, but (it’s) not as close-knit as previous teams.”

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The coach highlighted senior Muhammad Fulani as a standout, and then, underscoring the Dukes’ depth this year, he added “and basically the whole team.”

Fulani was victorious in the boys 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 40.75 seconds, and he also earned first in the boys 200-meter dash with a 23.12-second time. Cumberland senior Keyshawn Diming won the boys high jump with a 6-foot leap. Junior Christian Jackson threw the shot 42 feet, 2 1/2 inches to earn first in the boys shot put. Junior Jalen Foster won the boys 400-meter dash, finishing in 53 seconds.

Cumberland competes in the Region 1B Championships on Monday at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg. The Lady Eagles produced 145 points, edging out Goochland High School, which finished with 141.

“This is a repeat for us, so I knew they should be able to pull it off,” Prince Edward Head Coach James Baker said. “It was a pretty good day.”

He put a spotlight on freshman Haniyyah Johnson, who won both the girls 100-meter and 200-meter dash titles. She crossed the finish line in the 100 in 12.92 seconds and finished the 200 in 26.57 seconds. The Prince Edward girls 4×400-meter relay team triumphed with a time of four minutes, 27.23 seconds.

The Lady Eagles running included junior Jordan Booker, senior Montiera Wynn, junior Nia Lee and sophomore Mia Seay. Jones was victorious in the girls 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.59. Junior Salma Muhammad won the girls long jump with a 16-5 leap. Sophomore Makayla Morris placed first in the girls high jump with a 5-foot leap. Junior Nia Lee finished first in the girls 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.87 seconds.

Prince Edward’s boys team placed fourth with 71 points and included a 4×100-meter relay team that placed first. The team of junior J’Sean Dupuy, junior Rah’Quan Payne, senior Jalil Robinson and sophomore Abdul Johnson won with a time of 44.83 seconds.

Prince Edward competes in the Region 2A Championships on Wednesday at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond. Buckingham County High School’s girls team, which placed fourth with 50 points, was led by senior Honei Hill, who earned victory in the girls shot put with a 32-1 throw. Senior Keana Jones was right behind with a 32-foot throw to place second.

Buckingham competes in the Region 2C Championships on Wednesday at Amherst County High School at 3:30 p.m.