- Last Updated on 07:53 AM 04/30/12
- BY Doug Ford
The Halifax County Middle School track teams capped solid seasons Saturday with equally strong showings at the Southside Middle School Conference Championship Meet, held at the Tisha Waller Track and Field Complex.
The Halifax County Middle School boys track team fell behind early but rallied toward the end of the meet to finish in second-place behind Park View, scoring 86 points compared to Park View’s 93 points.
Amelia was third in the boys meet with 81 points, followed by Nottoway with 56, Prince Edward with 39, Powhatan with 24 and Russell with 20 points, respectively.
The Halifax County Middle School girls track team held an early advantage through field events before finishing in third-place behind conference champion Russell Middle School and runner-up Powhatan Middle School.
Russell finished with 84 points, Powhatan with 82.5 points and Halifax County with 79 points in the girls meet, while Park View finished fourth with 64 points.
Prince Edward finished with 39, Bluestone with 35 and Amelia with 17.5 points in the boys meet.
Both Halifax coaches agreed their teams gave solid efforts at the conference championship meet.
“We had a better finish this year than last year (fourth) and a lot of girls showed up today in different events who were missing last year,” said Lions girl’s coach Becky Saunders.
The long jump and 200-meter race, where the Lions failed to score points, hurt her team’s chances at a win, according to Saunders.
“All in all, it was a good performance,” Saunders added.
John Deal, coach for the Lions boys track team, was also pleased with his team’s effort at the conference meet.
“The boys did a great job today,” noted Deal. “A lot of them improved on their personal bests, and they all competed hard in the field and track events.
“The leaders worked hard and kept the team together, and I’m proud to see how the whole team progressed this year.”
“We really saw some good leadership come out of the team, and we’re looking for some good leadership returning from Elijah Edmonds and A’rek Guill,” added Deal.
“They’ve stepped up this year and shown some leadership.
“Ben Milne did a great job of leading in field events, and we got some great leadership from Jacob Garrett and Justin Logan in the running events.
“Jermaine Vaughters also did a great job this year showing leadership in the relay teams.”
Lions boys results
5. Ben Milne (no height)
4. Ben Milne 105-6
2. Jacob Garrett 18-0.50
6. Tyler Britton 17-0
5. Jacob Garrett 36-6
6. Logan Blake 36-1.50
5. Donyea Williams 5:48
3. Justin Logan 11.97
6. Jacob Garrett 12.35
2. Ryan Waller 57.64
2. Keith Garner 2:29
3. Donyea Williams 2:29.1
3. Daquan Briggs 2:35
2. Justin Logan 24.78
6. Elijah Edmonds 26.34
2. HCMS 1:43.56
2. HCMS 49.76
2. HCMS 4:20
Lions girls results
1. Deneisha Leigh 4-4
1. Sherita Chandler 82-4
5. Tynia Caison 65-7
5. Ghanija Gooden 31-1
3. Tehya Walton 10.3
6. Denia Rauls 6:35
3. Kayla Forest 13.66
2. E’Lisha Lee 1:07.98
5. Jessica Hudson 1:10.07
2. Shanita Johnson 2:47
2. HCMS 1:58.06
2. HCMS 55.22
2. HCMS 4:38