- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
The Halifax County High School outdoor track team has qualified six athletes for this weekend’s Virginia State AAA Outdoor Track Meet, to be run at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond. Terence Boyd, a senior, has qualified in the long jump, 110-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash, and senior Davon Greene has qualified in two events, the high jump and triple jump, while Travis Lipscomb, another senior, has qualified for the state meet in the triple jump.
Comets’ junior Marcus Bowman has qualified in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, and Devan Richardson, a freshman, will compete in the 100-meter dash at the state meet.
Comets girls’ track standout Mikayla Boyd, a junior, will compete in two events, the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
Boyd, one of the top scorers for his team this season, has set an example for the younger members of the team with a series of outstanding performances in his first year of competing in outdoor track.
“There are a lot of ninth- and 10th-graders coming up for next year who look at what the seniors do,” he explained.
“They have good potential if they work hard and don’t slack off in practice, but I’m excited about my last state track meet.
“I just practice every day hard, and it’s all about focus and getting prepared mentally.”
“Terence has really improved, and his scores have been outstanding this year compared to the past,” said Comets’ track coordinator Mary Douglas.
“He’s done a great job and I’m looking forward to him going on and competing in college.”
Although he may sacrifice the state meet for Saturday’s graduation, Douglas is hoping Boyd will at least qualify for the finals in his three events.
“I’m hoping he’ll have success in all of them, but he can’t compete on Saturday, and we’re hoping he can at least qualify for the finals, even if he’s not there.”
Richardson, also a standout running back in football, has balanced the demands of both sports successfully.
“I’m very happy I made the state meet on my first try in high school and I think it’s a good accomplishment, because I try and improve in everything I do,” noted Richardson.
Richardson said he makes a conscious effort to concentrate on whatever sport he participates in during that particular season.
“I’m trying my best for track right now, and I would like to qualify for nationals my first year, and hopefully run a half decent time,” Richardson explained.
“Devon still does not know his potential,” noted Douglas.
“He’s a great athlete, a great kid and has a good work ethic. He has to balance football and track and field, and sometimes it is hard to separate the two, because the things (techniques) he learns in football we have to change around for track.”
“He’s run his personal best, (11.13 seconds) to qualify for states,” continued Douglas. “He had a bad day at the regionals, but I think he has his nerves under control and will do well at the states.”
Greene, Lipscomb, Bowman and Mikayla Boyd round out the state qualifiers for the Comets.
“Davon has a great chance in the high jump, especially if he duplicates his best effort of the season at one of our dual meets (6-0),” said Douglas.
“He’s done a good job, and hopefully he’ll get a chance to compete in college.
“Travis has improved a lot, and when I look back at some of the scores over the past few years, this has been one of his better years.
“He has a good opportunity at the state meet if he goes, but it’s a tossup between that and marching at graduation.”
Bowman has steadily improved this season, according to Douglas.
“He’s really knocked off some of his times, some by about two seconds, but in track two seconds can be a lot, so he’s really improved himself,” Douglas noted.
“He works hard every day without being told to do so. Marcus has a lot of heart, and he’ll go out there and turn the burners on and do well.”
Mikayla Boyd is the lone state qualifier among a very young girls’ outdoor track team.
“She has a lot of potential,” said Douglas, who noted Boyd’s toughness.
“She competed in triple jump the other day after getting hit in the face with the discus, and still did well.
“She ran her best time in 300 hurdles (47.47 sec.), and she placed second in the 100 meters at regionals, showing a lot of improvement there.”
Douglas is optimistic about the Comets’ chances at the state meet this year.
“We have a good contingent going, it’s one of the best groups, and I hope they’ll do well,” she noted.
“I know away from home it’s hard to focus, but I’m sure they’ll focus on what’s at hand.”