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Local teams put on a strong showing Wednesday during the Northwest Regional indoor track and field championship as the Woodbridge girls and Forest Park boys both claimed team titles. Battlefield came in second for the boys and third for the girls.
WHS girls, FPHS boys win regional track titles; BHS in top three
© Gainesville Times***Updated at 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2013***
Local teams put on a strong showing last Wednesday during the Northwest Regional indoor track and field championship as the Woodbridge girls and Forest Park boys both claimed team titles.
Meanwhile, Battlefield came in second for the boys and third for the girls.
Forest Park nearly swept the regional finals altogether. The Bruin girls tallied 80 points to the Vikings' 83.5. In fact, it came down to the last girls race before Woodbridge could claim the title.
If Forest Park claimed first or second place in the 4x400 meter relay, then the whole team would have won the regional trophy as long as Woodbridge did not claim either of the top two spots because of the number of points allotted.
Battlefield helped out by winning that race with a time of 4:06.38, outpacing their seed time of 4:10.95, according to statistics provided by Milestat.com.
However, Woodbridge took second place at 4:08.10, claiming eight team points while Forest Park ended up fourth at 4:10.77, earning only five points.
That event turned out to be one of three won by the Battlefield girls. Junior shot putter Galissia Cause earned a comfortable win with a throw of 41 feet, 4 inches.
Later, the 4x800 meter relay team won by less than a second over Osbourn Park, 9:44.34 to 9:45.07.
Senior high jumper Brandon Williams brought home the only first place title for the Battlefield boys as he leaped six feet to victory.
Forest Park's best showing on the day came from junior Mustaqeen Williams, who captured first place in both the boys high jump (23 feet, 5 inches) and 55 meter dash (6.37 seconds).
Williams also came in second place behind junior teammate Ricky Morgan (35.39) in the boys 300 meter dash.
Overall, the Bruins won a combined eight events between the boys and girls, including two relay titles from the boys' 4x200 and 4x400 teams.
Yaa Agyepong-Wiafe, a junior, led a parade of Prince William runners in the 55 meter hurdles, clocking in at 8.34. Local runners nabbed five out of the top six spots in that race alone.
Perhaps the closest match of the day though went in favor of Forest Park senior Allyson Bodmer. Her 1,600 meter run time of 5:24.87 put her just 0.06 seconds in front of Battlefield freshman's Georgia Matthews, who in turn captured the silver by only a 0.04 margin over Osbourn Park sophomore Jillian Everly.
For the boys, Forest Park's other win came with the longest distance attached as senior Andrew Gaiser claimed first in the 3,200 meter run (9:31.55).
Though the Viking girls won three events at regions, including the 4x200 meter relay, their depth chart provided a big boon to the team on the scorebook.
In the 300 meter dash alone, Woodbridge runner grabbed three out of the top four spots. Sophomore Farrah Suber clocked in at 40.39 seconds, while her teammates Jewel Christian and Kady Badham ended up second and fourth, respectively, split by Osbourn Park's Kiana Hariston.
Suber and Christian switched spots in the 500 meter dash when Christian set a meet record at 1:16.10 in an event where Prince William runners came in first through fifth.
Hairston, a sprinter, earned the OP girls' only gold of the day, darting across the finish line of the 55 meter dash in 7.25 seconds.
Osbourn Park's other two victories came from the boys.
The 4x800 meter relay team dropped almost 20 seconds from its seed time for its first-place showing of 8:09.66.
Later, senior Teague Peck topped Patriot's Alex Orellana and Battlefield's Alex Merritt for the gold in the 500 meter dash.
Merritt nearly brought in another Battlefield win in the 55 meter hurdles after he placed first in the preliminary meet, but he ended up second to Brooke Point's Rasheed Powers in the finals.
For the first time ever, Patriot claimed individual regional titles of any sort from track or cross country, as sophomore Candace Jones and junior Nick Bussian swept the girls and boys 1,000 meter run.
Jones topped three other Prince William runners for the win while Bussian beat out Batlefield's Luke Mazzu, who he competed against often during the cross country season.
The two other victories by local athletes came in the triple jump from a pair of seniors: Hylton's Ebony Owusu-Sampah (37 feet, 5 inches) and Stonewall Jackson's David Worthy (44 feet, 7 inches).
Also on Feb. 13, Brentsville District captured a win of its own in the Region II final.
Seniors Ben Lemons, Michael Blair and Kyle King partnered with junior Richard Knab to claim an 8.22-second victory over Western Albemarle in the 4x800 meter relay race.
As individuals, each of them finished in the top five in at least one event, topped by Blair's silver in the 1,000 meter run.
Up next on the calendar is the Group AAA state finals, set for Feb. 22 and 23 in Hampton at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, and the Group AA state finals on Feb. 23 in Lynchburg at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center at Liberty University.