— The bread and butter for Williamsburg high school track and field athletes in recent years has been in middle and long distance races. No difference there this outdoor campaign, really, but the boys sprinters are also providing compelling storylines two meets into the Bay Rivers District regular season.
Jamestown seniors Jordan Turner and Jordan Willis deserve much of the credit for that. Turner signed recently to run at George Mason and Willis will soon announce his college choice. Both are bona fide contenders to snag some hardware this postseason after impressive indoor campaigns. Turner stands out in shorter sprints and Willis is a threat to claim golds on the track as well as in jumps.
As for the pair of Bay Rivers outdoor track competitions in the books, Lafayette football star Hezekiah Grimsley has made sure to add to the intrigue in 100- and 200-meter races. Turner has claimed each 100 race while Grimsley and Willis have split in the 200. Grimsley won Wednesday's 200 at Bailey Field. Consider the sprinting prowess of Lafayette's Rashawn Smith and the Rams and Eagles are on pace for a thrilling continuation of their rivalry through the Conference 18 and 4A East Region meets and perhaps at states.
"It always comes down to a couple of points," Turner said, "especially in Bay Rivers meets, but also in conference and regionals."
Jamestown's boys have a second-place 11-point lead on Lafayette in the second BRD meet, which was contested Wednesday at Bailey Field and will conclude Monday at Jamestown when the pole vault competition is completed.
In Wednesday's final competition, anchor Peter Stiglitz clinched a tight win for the Eagles' 4x4 relay team over Tabb and Lafayette along with teammates Willis, Scott Armbruster and Darius Reed.
Turner said Grimsley pushes him to be faster, which is quite a compliment considering Grimsley is only in his second high school season of track.
In July, Grimsley will head to Blacksburg, where he will play wide receiver for the Hokies in the fall.
"When I first started (in track), it was a normal thing to get fourth or fifth, but now I'm running in the fastest heats and getting first sometimes," Grimsley said. "So I can say track has helped me out a lot and even for football. I'm sure it's going to do something for me in the future."
Grimsley also won the high jump Wednesday and was second in the long jump behind Smithfield's William Robinson, a Hampton University football recruit.
Grimsley edged Turner by six hundredths of a second Wednesday in the 200 and Grimsley did not compete in the 100.
Turner is coming off an indoor campaign in which he took fourth at states in the 55 meters after a second place in the 4A East Region meet.
Lafayette's Rashawn Smith was seventh and fourth in those competitions, respectively.
Grimsley said he is less concerned with times and more on the individuals he is racing. He just tries to win and has recognized that beating someone like Turner should bode well when he competes for a spot on the field at Lane Stadium with wide-outs that are just as fast as himself.
"His dad is a go-getter type of dude," Grimsley said of Jordan's father, Jamestown assistant coach William Turner. "I guess he trains Jordan to be the same go-getter type… I feel like if I can run with him, I can run with anybody."
Down to the wire
Through 16 events, Jamestown and Tabb are tied atop the boys standings in the second Bay Rivers District track and field meet on 106 points.
Lafayette is in third with 95 points with the pole vaulting portion of the meet that will decide the overall winner scheduled for Monday at Jamestown.
Tabb leads the girls standings with 111.50 points, ahead of second-place York's 102. Lafayette is in fourth with 91 points and Jamestown fifth with 67.
The Rams girls scored 16 points in the pole vault in the first Bay Rivers meet and Tabb none while York had 5.5 and Jamestown 13.5. On the boys side, Lafayette tallied nine points in the first meet, Jamestown 3.5 and Tabb none.
Bay Rivers meet No. 2 winners
Girls: 100 Maya Hanks, Tabb 12.23; 200 Ryah Hinds, York 25.32; 400 Ryah Hinds, York 58.78; 800 Brooke Crookston 2:19.93; 1600 Alexa Daley, Grafton 5:20.61; 3200 Clara Wincheski 11:24.92; 100 hurdles Christiana Hartfield 18.07; 300 hurdles Talisha Hairston 46.19; 4x1 relay York 50.73; 4x4 Tabb 4:01.82; 4x8 Jamestown (Lauren Connell, Kirsten Long, Sorenna Jean, Thorin Jean) 10:12.63; T1. high jump (Grace Hoepfner, Grafton; Taymar Gorelick, Lafayette; Jade Williams, Grafton) 4 feet, 8 inches; long jump Raven Harris, New Kent 15 feet, 9.75 inches; triple jump Megan Gingery, York 35 feet, 11 inches; shot put Leah Stoney, Tabb 38 feet, 3 inches; discus Leah Stoney, Tabb 106 feet, 11 inches.
Boys: 100 Jordan Turner, Jamestown 11.09; 200 Hezekiah Grimsley, Lafayette 22.40; 400 Jordan Willis, Jamestown 48.62; 800 Miles Owens, Grafton 1:55.41; 1600 Clint Gault, Poquoson 4:32.58; 3200 Price Owens, Grafton 9:48.47; 110 hurdles Nickolas Childs, Tabb 14.78; 300 hurdles Childs, Tabb 39.85; 4x1 New Kent 44.71; 4x4 (Scott Armbruster, Jordan Willis, Darius Reed, Peter Stiglitz) Jamestown 3:31.46; 4x8 Jamestown (John Agnew, Will Middlebrooks, Ben Keener, Stiglitz) 8:23.94; high jump Grimsley 6 feet, 2 inches; long jump William Robinson, Smithfield 19 feet, 6 inches; triple jump C.J. Reeders, New Kent 41 feet, 4.50 inches; shot put Zach Coldsnow, Tabb 43 feet, 9 inches; discus Jacob Atwood, Tabb 150 feet, 7 inches.
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