Freshman shines at Region 2A championships

Published 12:17 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Prince Edward County High School varsity girls outdoor track and field team was the runner-up at the Region 2A championships May 23 in Richmond.

The Lady Eagles finished second behind perennial powerhouse Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

“There were several strong performances,” Prince Edward Head Coach James Baker said. “Qualifying to the state meet in four individual events was freshman Haniyyah Johnson.”

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She ran anchor on the winning girls 4×100-meter relay team. She also placed second in the girls 200-meter dash, third in the girls 100-meter dash, third in the girls shot put and eighth in the girls long jump.

Sophomore Makayla Morris won the girls high jump and was fourth in the girls triple jump.

“Salma Muhammad had a good all-around performance, placing third in the long jump, fifth in the 100 and sixth in the triple jump,” Baker said. “Jordan Booker had one of her best performances of this outdoor season as she managed a third in the triple jump and a fourth in the long jump.”

The coach noted that sophomore Naomi Jones was third in the girls 400-meter run, junior Nia Lee was fourth in the girls 300-meter hurdles, junior Shania Swann was sixth in the girls shot put and sophomore Mia Seay was sixth in the girls long jump.

Baker confirmed the winning 4×100 relay team consisted of Johnson, Booker, Seay and Muhammad, noting the group won in convincing fashion.

He highlighted Jones, Seay, senior Montiera Wynn and Booker as comprising the girls 4×400-meter relay team that also won the regional title.

“Josephine Hemmer ran two personal best times in the 1,600 and 3,200,” Baker said. “She finished eighth and ninth, respectively.”

The Prince Edward varsity boys team finished ninth out of 14 teams generating points.

Baker listed a series of standouts from the boys team, starting with senior Deante Trent, who placed third in the boys discus throw. Sophomore Abdul Johnson was fifth in the boys 100-meter dash, senior Jalil Robinson was right behind in sixth, sophomore Christopher Hicks was fifth in the boys 400-meter run and freshman Saad Khan finished eighth in the boys 3,200-meter run.

Baker noted that in the boys high jump, sophomore Amourre Watkins was third, and Hicks was fourth.

The coach commented that Prince Edward’s boys 4×100-meter relay team of Johnson, Robinson, junior Rah’Quan Payne and junior J’Sean Dupuy placed fourth. The 4×400-meter relay team of freshman Hayat Khan, freshman Jalen Booker, sophomore Ron McCargo and Hicks placed 10th.

Baker concluded by noting that for the Virginia High School League Class 2 state championships, set for Friday and Saturday in Elkton, nine Lady Eagles qualify in 10 events, and seven Eagles qualify in five events.