Once DaSha Hill got a little taste of gold, she couldn’t help herself. The Bruton senior left the Group 2A indoor track and field state championships Wednesday in Lynchburg with three individual titles and a fourth with the 4x200-meter team.
It started for Hill with a long jump championship before taking titles in the 55-meter dash and 300-meter races.
“When I got one,” said Hill. “I just wanted more, so I went after it.”
They were the first career indoor or outdoor titles for Hill, who spends most of her spring on the softball diamond.
Hill’s performance gave her the second-most points of any individual at the meet and helped Bruton’s girls finish second overall behind Maggie Walker.
“DaSha just ran great all around,” said Bruton coach Mark Tompkins. “She was confident. She did a good job leading the rest of the girls and being a team player.”
Hill edged Maggie Walker’s Shanthi Hiremath by 12 hundredths of a second in the 300.
“Throughout the whole race, me and the girl from Maggie Walker were pretty much side by side,” said Hill, “and then the last 100 meters, I just gave it my all.”
Hill ran the first leg for the 4x2 squad that also featured Rachel Finley-Flowers and freshmen Katie Weddle and Sarah Tracy.
Hill said the group was shooting for at least a new personal record. It ended up with a new school and 2A meet record time of 1:51.81.
“You have to have a chemistry to do those types of things,” said Hill. “Our handoffs, we’ve been working on them so much. We work on them at least two or three times a week to kind of perfect it.”
Tompkins said the biggest surprise of the meet was Bruton freshman Kaitlyn Ardrey coming out on top in the 3,200-meter run.
Ardrey edged Maggie Walker’s top distance runner, Khloe Pointer, by a hundredth of a second. Pointer had battled back from a recent twisted ankle but nevertheless, the Panthers’ rookie made waves with the upset of the reigning 2A girls cross country champion.
Finley-Flowers added another gold for Bruton, taking the 55-meter hurdle title.
The Panthers’ boys finished seventh overall led by junior David Danek’s third-place finish in the high jump.
Selected Bruton results
1. DaSha Hill, senior 44.46
1. Kaitlyn Ardrey, freshman 12:00.32
1. Bruton 1:51.81
3. Katie Weddle, sophomore 1:25.17
4. Victoria Senn, junior 1:26.34
1. Raven Finley-Flowers, senior 9.62
1. DaSha Hill, senior 7.42
1. DaSha Hill, senior 17 feet, 8.5 inches
3. David Danek, junior 5 feet, 10 inches