Prince William News
Sun., Feb. 24 - The Forest Park boys indoor track and field team won the overall Group AAA state title on Saturday in Hampton, accruing 55 points due in part to two event wins. Battlefield shot putter Galissia Cause and the Woodbridge girls 4x400 meter relay team also won events of their own.
Forest Park boys win state track title, claim two event wins
© Gainesville TimesThe Forest Park boys indoor track and field team won the overall Group AAA state title on Saturday in Hampton, accruing 55 points due in part to two event wins. Battlefield shot putter Galissia Cause and the Woodbridge girls 4x400 meter relay team also won events of their own.
Mustaqeem Williams came up big for Forest Park twice as he won the 55 meter dash with a run of 6.39 seconds, matching his seed time entering the race, according to statistics provided by Milestat.com
He later anchored the Bruins' victorious 4x200 meter relay team, also featuring senior Joshua Washington, junior Ricky Morgan and senior Calvin Michie. Their collective time of 1:28.06 set a new state record for Group AAA runners and ended up being 1.11 seconds blow their seed time.
For the girls, Woodbridge as a whole had the best showing of the day among all of the Prince William County teams competing at states.
The Vikings came in fifth place overall with 29 points, 10 of which came from their win in the 4x400 meter relay.
Sophomore Kady Badham, senior Olivia Coopwood, junior Jewel Christian and sophomore Farrah Suber nearly tied the state record of 3:50.68 set five years ago, finishing just 0.20 seconds out.
Woodbridge entered the event only ranked fourth, given the Vikings' seed time of 4:01.44. Yet they dropped 10.66 seconds from their time, 0.08 seconds better than the next most-improved team, seventh-place Patrick Henry.
Badham, Coopwood, and Christian also brought home a bronze in the 4x200 meter relay, partnering up with junior Brynn Skinner to clock in at 1:44.41.
Individually, Christian and Suber finished third and fourth respectively in the 500 meter dash, ending up 0.18 seconds apart. That earned Woodbridge another 11 points.
Badham earned two points for Woodbridge in the 300 meter dash by placing seventh at 40.83, just 0.10 seconds ahead of her teammate Suber, who came in ninth.
While several Battlefield athletes competed on the day, only Cause and classmate Ellison Grove picked up any points for the girls, who came in 14th place overall with 14 points.
Cause won her signature event of the shot put by a comfortable margin over second-place finisher Shania Williams of Patrick Henry. The Battlefield junior hurled the weight 42 feet and three-quarters of an inch, an improvement of 4.25 inches from her seed placing.
That gave her a victory margin of 1 foot, 3.5 inches.
As for Grove, the junior finished fifth in the girls 500 meter dash at 1:15.52, just 1.98 seconds out of first place, to bring in four team points.
Senior Luke Mazzu earned the lone points for the Bobcat boys by coming in fourth during the 1,600 meter run with a time of 4:20.81.
In Group AA action in Lynchburg, Brentsville District senior Michael Blair ended up in a barnburner of a final for the boys 1,000 meter run, coming in third place during photo finish.
Crossing the finish line in 2:35.90, he ended up just 0.06 seconds behind second-place finisher Jacob McCoy of Blacksburg and 1.56 seconds out of first in the event won by Liberty senior Craig Danner, Blair's fellow competitor from the Evergreen District.
Blair's teammate Richard Knab came in 16th during the same event.
No one else from Brentsville picked up any points by cracking the top eight in any event. Senior Kyle King came the closest, earning ninth in the boys 1,600 meter run at 4:37.78.
Senior Ben Lemons placed 12th in the boys 3,200 meter run (10:10.31) while junior Nicole Giller (12:20.03) and Shannon Pascucci (12:40.62) ended up 18th and 26th for the girls, respectively, during their race in the same event.
Brentsville's other state qualifier, junior Nick Scheidemantel, checked in 23rd in the shot put.