A trio of schools had strong performances at track meets in the past week, with individuals from Bruton, Lafayette and Walsingham Academy coming up with first place finishes.
High School Captains Classic
Freshman Alex Warren (1:03.52) and junior Joselyn Jones finished first and second, respectively, for Bruton in the girls 400 meters at the Captains Classic, held last Friday and Saturday at Christopher Newport University. Jones was six one-hundreths of a second behind Warren.
Clara Wincheski also had a strong showing for the Panthers, winning the 3,200 (11:11.64), almost 37 seconds ahead of the next finisher; she took second in the 1,600, with teammate Kaitlyn Ardrey third.
For the boys, Bruton’s Kevin Mahoney took fourth in the 400.
At the Conn-Madden Relays at Todd Stadium in Newport News, Lafayette’s boys finished third overall with 46.5 points, behind winners Grafton and second place Norfolk Academy.
The Rams won in the 2x300 hurdle relay (1:20.71), finished third in the 4x200 relay and had two entries in the 4x400 hurdle relay finish second and third, respectively.
Individually, the Rams’ Adam Leschinger won the long jump (22-0.5) and teammate Mike Rodgers came in third in the event. Lafayette’s Elijah Washington won the discus (139-03) and finished sixth in the shot put and Robert Walton, who finished fifth in the discus, won the shot put (42-2.5).
For the girls, Lafayette took third overall with 40 points, as it won the 4x200 hurdle relay and finished fourth in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Walsingham Academy’s girls finished second in the spring medley relay, third in the 2x300 hurdle relay and fourth in the 4x400 hurdle relay.
Individually, Lafayette senior Starr Patton and junior Taymar Gorelick finished first and second, respectively, in the high jump. Both jumped 4-8, but Patton had fewer misses to give her the win, while Rams sophomore Kaylee Kline finished fourth.
Patton finished fourth in the long jump, with teammate Araya Morgado, a junior, took fifth. Morgado took third in the triple jump, and Gorelick fifth for Lafayette.
In the pole vault, the Rams’ Peyton Blanding (10-6) won, with Walsingham’s Clare Kinney coming in second. Rylee Vinson and Amara Haynes of Lafayette finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Walsingham girls take second at Greenbrier Christian meet
With 101 points, Walsingham Academy’s girls track team finished second at its meet Thursday at Greenbrier Christian Academy, getting first place finishes from Leyjah Hamrick, Jocelyn Covaney, Clare Kinney and its 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.
Hamrick bested the field in the 100 meters, clocking in at 12.99 seconds, and she also came in third in the 800.
Covaney came in first in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 53.29 seconds, came in third in the 100 hurdles and high jump, fourth in the long jump and was part of the winning 4x400 meter relay team with Kiely Curran, Caroline Schumacher and Hamrick, finishing in 4:27.44.
Kinney topped everyone in the discus, finished second in the shot put and was part of the winning 4x800 relay along with Alexandra Haggerty, Emma Lobash and Khatiana Perez, finishing in 12:36.74.
Other top girls finishes for Walsingham included:
Schumacher (3rd — 200), Curran (3rd — 400), Lobash (3rd — 800), Isabella Kennedy (4th — 800), Haggerty (3rd — 1,600), Christen Toth (2nd — 100 hurdles) and 4x100 relay (2nd).
The Trojans’ boys had a trio of third place finishes — Jake Lobash in the 1,600, Nate Benson in the high jump and Holden Kearns in the shot put. As a team, Walsingham’s boys finished fifth.
Benson also finished fourth in the discus.
Southampton Academy 7, Walsingham Academy 6 (11 innings) — Southampton Academy earned a walk-off victory Friday over the Trojans.
Walsingham jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead, and led 5-0 through the top of the fifth before Southampton scored five times in the bottom of the fifth.
The game stayed tied at 6-6 after seven innings. Both teams were unable to score in the first three extra innings before Southampton’s walk-off run.
Tanner Schobel went 3-for-5 at the plate for the Trojans, driving in a run and scoring one. Zach Stanko went 2-for-5 with a run and Jason Covaney drove in two runs.