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Patriot District Track roundup
West Potomac, T.C. Williams and Hayfield all did well at the recent Patriot District Track/Field Championships. The two-day meet was held May 14 and 15 at South County High School.

Among the boys, West Potomac came in first with 120 points, followed by Lake Braddock with 114 points, T.C. Williams with 90, South County with 68, Annandale with 56 and Hayfield with 35. Lee and West Springfield tied for last with 22. (The top six individual finishers/relay team finishers scored points)

WEST POTOMAC:
West Potomac senior Chris Newkirk shone, placing first in the long jump, first in the 110 meter high hurdles, third in the triple jump, fourth in the high jump and sixth in the 100, earning 31 of the Wolverines 120 points. Junior Jon McCants, also did well, placing first in the 200 and first in the 400. Senior Jimmy Bennett came in second in shot put and fourth in discus. Senior Kelly Carmichael placed second in the 1600 and fifth in the 3200.

Wolverine Relays: first in [4 x 100] – (44.42) – Donte Johnson, J. Bradley, Julian Holden, P. Doku; first in [4 x 400] – (3:22.30) – R. Byrd, J. Bradley, B. Comfort, J. McCants and fifth in [4 x 800] – (8:26.52) – B. Comfort, Thomas Hammond, Alex Triplett, Ben Hammond.

T.C. WILLIAMS:
Senior Frank Afriyie came in first in shot put and in discus, accounting for 20 of the Titans 90 points. Senior Brad Kenimer placed first in the 1600 and the 3200. Like teammate Afriyie, Kenimer accounted for 20 of the Titans point total. Senior Jamal Ford placed second in the long jump, the triple jump, the high jump and the 100. Ford, the schools former quarterback/running back, accounted for 32 points for the Titans. Senior Thomas Clark came in first in the pole vault.

Titan Relays: third in [4 x 100] – (45.21) – Darryl Carrington, Kyle Whitehead, Cortez Taylor, Ayodesi Coker; sixth in [4 x 800] – (8:45.14) – T. Clark, Dan Ackerman, B. Kenimer, Malcolm Cameron; sixth in [4 x 400] – (3:33.67) – T. Clark, Kendrick Barnes, A. Coker, M. Cameron.

HAYFIELD:
Hayfield notables included junior Chris Bishop who came in third in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, sixth in the triple jump and sixth in the 110 meter high hurdles; he just missed fifth by a photo finish. Senior Brendan Kurzke placed third in the 400, junior Justin Jefferson came in third in the 100 and sophomore Nathan Joyce was third in the 200 and fifth in 100.

Hawk Relays: fifth in [4 x 400] – (3:30.27) – J. Jefferson, N. Joyce, C. Bishop, Luis Figaro; sixth in [4 x 100] – (46.13) – L. Figaro, Justin Marshall, A. Williams, R. Walker; [4 x 800] – did not place in top six.

On the girls side, Lake Braddock came in first with196 points, followed by West Potomac

with 94, West Springfield with 58, T.C. Williams and Hayfield tied with 47, Annandale with 42 points, South County with 39 and Lee with 4.

West Potomac, senior Katherine Lee stood out, coming in first in the long jump, second in the 100 meters, third in the 200, third in the 300 intermediate hurdles and fourth in the pole vault. Lee accounted for 34 of the Wolverines 94 points. Senior Elizabeth Heath came in first in the 3200, sophomore Kelsey Rosenberg placed second in the1600, and senior Matisha Jordan came in third in discus and fifth in shot put.

Lady Wolverine Relays: second in [4 x 800] – (9:43.23) – M. Cate, E. Heath, K. Rosenberg, B. Dahlburg; third in [4 x 100] – (52.45) – K. Anderson, C. Staples, Audrey Cate, Ashleigh White and third in [4 x 400] – (4:09.39) – B. Dahlburg, K. Jones, M. Cate, A. White.

T.C. WILLIAMS:
While tied for third overall, the Lady Titans did quite well individually. Senior Eva Baker was first in the pole vault, and fellow senior Taylor Wuerker was second. Junior Erika Weidman was second in the 800 and senior Amanda Hopson placed third in shot put and sixth in discus. Junior standout Tynita Butts did not participate in order to get rested up for Regionals on May 22 and 23 at Lake Braddock.

Lady Titan Relays: third in [4 x 800] – (10:00.25) – S. Bryan, Adugna Desalegn, E. Weidman, E. Baker; sixth in [4 x 400] – (4:22.52) – S. Bryan, C. Johnson, Brandie Arrington, E. Weidman; [4 x 100] – did not place in top six.

HAYFIELD:
For Hayfield, senior Jasmine Jones came in first in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, second in the 100 meter high hurdles, second in the 200 and fourth in the high jump, accumulating 30 of the Hawks 47 points. Freshman Hilrien Kamanda placed first in the 100 and sixth in the 200.

Lady Hawk Relays: fourth in [4 x 100] – (52.61) – Erika Guevara, Taylor Miles, Dorothy Cliatt, H. Kamanda; fifth in [4 x 400] – (4:16.48) – T. Miles, D. Cliatt, Lola Ojabowale, Kelsey Fish; [4 x 800] – did not place in top six.

National District Track/Field
Championships
Both Edison and Mount Vernon turned in exceptional performances at the prestigious National District Track/Field Championships, held May 13 and 14 at Edison.

For the boys, Edison placed first with 208 team points. Mount Vernon followed with 119, trailed by Washington-Lee with 55 points, J.E.B. Stuart with 44, Yorktown with 39, Wakefield with 25 and Falls Church with 6.

EDISON:
Edison dominated the meet with particularly strong showings. Senior Ademola Titcombe came in first in the 100 meters, the long jump, the triple jump and the high jump and second in the 200 and the 110 meter high hurdles. In a phenomenal performance, Titcombe accounted for 56 of the total 208 Edison points. Senior Joe Jackson placed first in 400, junior Tihut Degfae was first in the 800, junior Leoule Degfae was first in 1600 and the 3200 and
senior Bernard Butler came in first in both the shot put and discus. Both Degfae and Bernard Butler accounted for 20 points of the Eagles total. Junior Domincio Tucker came in second in the 100 meters and second in the 200, junior Robert Grooms was second in the triple jump and third in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles and senior Shaeban Hicks came in third in the 800.

Eagle Relays: first in [4 x 400] – (3:34.69) – J. Jackson, R. Grooms, Justin Jeter, S. Hicks; first in [4 x 800] – (8:12.18) – R. Grooms, J. Jackson, S. Hicks, L. Degfae and second in [4 x 100] – D. Tucker, D. Epps, Julian Mitchell, C. Clessas.

We had an excellent boys meet, veteran Eagle Head Coach Arturo Chirinos said. The guys won the District meet for the sixth consecutive season.

MOUNT VERNON:
Sophomore Clive Cameron was a standout for Mount Vernon, coming in first in the 110 meter high hurdles and the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, amassing 20 of the Majors 119 points. Senior Brian Gates placed second in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, third in the 110 meter high hurdles, third in the triple jump, fourth in the high jump and fifth in the long jump, accounting for 26 points. Junior Jon McMillon was second in the 400, fifth in high jump and sixth in the long jump and the triple jump. Freshman Cordarius Franks came in second in the 800 and fifth in the 1600. Junior Shaquille Thomas came in third in the high jump and discus and senior Allan Anderson placed second in discus and fourth in shot put.

Major Relays: second in [4 x 400] – (3:36.74) – J. McMillon, B. Gates, S. Thomas, C. Cameron; third in [4 x 100] – (45.62) – Kalabina Baka, Derrick Mitcham, S. Thomas, K. Harris and fourth in [4 x 800] – (8:48.34) – J. McMillon, Maurice Jones, Michael Nicholas, C. Franks.

Among the girls, first place went to Edison which earned186.50 team points, second to Yorktown with 110, third to Mount Vernon with 86, and fourth to J.E.B. Stuart with 45.50. Falls Church had 31 points, Wakefield had 15 and Washington-Lee had 14.

EDISON:
Edison senior Keosha Simonson came in first in the 100 meter high hurdles, the 300 meter intermediate hurdles and third in t
he long jump, the triple jump, shot put and discus and tied for fifth in the high jump. She accounted for 45.50 points all by herself. Senior Connie Woods placed first in the 200 and second in the 400 and the triple jump, accounting for 26 points. Junior Shekyira Mann placed first in the 100 meters and the long jump and second in the 200, accounting for 28 total team points. Freshman Myah Hicks came in first in the 800, sophomore Rebecca Kunkel was second in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles and third in the 100 meter high hurdles, senior Kristin Engleman came in second in the shot put and discus and junior Emily Swain placed second in the 1600. Freshman Ashlen Burtz placed third in the 1600 while freshman Marnee Rand placed first in the high jump and sixth in the 400.

Lady Eagle Relays: first in [4 x 100] – (53.03) – C. Bonner, Toni Duvall, K. Engleman, S. Mann; first in [4 x 800] – (10:08.50) – M. Rand, Amanda Ou, T. Duvall, M. Hicks and third in [4 x 400] – (4:17.02) – A. Ou, R. Kunkel, M. Rand, M. Hicks.

The girls did very well, Chirinos said. We have now won the District meet on the girls side in four of the past five seasons.
 
MOUNT VERNON:
Lady Majors standout junior Elizabeth Ball placed first in shot put and in discus, racking up 20 of the Majors points. Freshman Amria Hill came in second in the 100 meter high hurdles, junior Brianna Nielsen was second in the 800 and junior Hylene Valdez was third in the 3200.

Lady Major Relays: second in [4 x 400] – (4:14.85) – A. Hill, Aschtun Williams, B. Nielsen, C. McCray; third in [4 x 100] – (56.55) – A. Hill, S. Stevenson, V. Oliver, Tanisha Fields; [4 x 800] – did not place top six.

The Edison Eagles, the Mount Vernon Majors, the West Potomac Wolverines, the T.C. Williams Titans, the Hayfield Hawks and the Liberty District-crossover Thomas Jefferson Colonials will compete in the 2008 Northern Region Championships on May 22 and 23, weather permitting, at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

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