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Comets boys win district title running away

Comets boys indoor track team head coach Mike Roark admitted he couldn’t help but count points as the Western Valley District indoor track championships reached its final events Saturday.

Halifax County High School held a 132-115 lead over Patrick Henry High School with one event remaining, the 4x400-meter relay, ironically the event that Halifax won last year to gain a tie with the Patriots for the championship.

It wasn’t even close this time around, with the Comets running away with the 4x400 to clinch the indoor track title in the last year of the district.

Halifax County finished with 142 points, 21 points ahead of Patrick Henry, with William Fleming High School coming home in third-place with 89 points.

Franklin County High School finished in fourth place with 54 points ahead of GW Danville, which finished with 12 points.

Halifax left Liberty University’s Tolsma Track Center with four individual championships, with Devan Richardson winning the 55-meter dash, Khalil Jones the high jump, Roland Brandon the 55-meter hurdles and Shalar Charleton the shop put, while the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay teams also came away with district titles.

Richardson, Jamal Crews and Roland Brandon each noted it was a team effort that brought home the trophy, with the Comets accumulating points in unexpected places.

“We didn’t leave any doubt,”
Richardson said.  “We did this by ourselves, and we’re the sole winner of this trophy.”

“We worked hard to earn it.  “I didn’t have any doubt we’d win it, I had confidence in my team,” added Richardson, noting the accomplishment of both the boys and girls indoor track teams in winning indoor titles the last year of the district.

“It’s good both teams won it, this is the last year of the Western Valley District,” he pointed out.

“It’s really special.”

“It feels great,” said Crews,” who as a senior competed in his last district indoor track meet.

“I love these boys to death, and I had confidence in them.”

The public address announcer kept referring to Brandon as “Brandon Roland” throughout the day as he continued to pile up points at the meet.

While ignoring that snafu, Brandon thought winning the district title was significant after the tie last year. 

“We felt we could have won, but we went out there and did it.”

“It was one of those days where all the stars lined up in a straight line, said Roark after the trophy presentation.

“You think about it, we have Keith Garner getting points, we got points in the 4x2, points in the triple (jump).

“It’s funny how this thing worked out, and I didn’t realize I had to do this much math to stay up with the points,” added Roark, who found himself pacing the infield as the meet wore down.

“I was pacing before we even ran the last event, and we figured we had the points, but you don’t believe it until you hear it.”

Winning the district championship in his first year of coaching indoor track and in the final year of the Western Valley District is a big accomplishment, especially for the team, Roark explained.

“This is what it’s all about, these kids are jumping around and having a blast,” Roark pointed out.

“We had coaches (Mike) Lloyd and Corey Jackson who did an excellent job, and these kids wanted to win it.

“Jerry (McKoy) did a good job last year building the program, and I think they had a little hunger from last year.

“We talked about that quite a bit this week.”

Roark is looking forward to the Northwest Regional Indoor Track championships Wednesday at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center in Landover, Md.

“We go Landover on Wednesday and have some fun, and I think we’ll have a little showing there,” he said.



(Top-six individual finishers, top-three relay teams qualify for regionals)

55-Meter Dash

1. Devan Richardson 6.49

3. Jamal Crews 6.81

6. Roland Brandon 6.85


300-Meter Dash

2. Devan Richardson 36.86

6. William Brooks 39.00

7. Juan Leon 39.07


500-Meter Dash

2. William Brooks 1:11.22

3. Juan Leon 1:11.96

4. Aaron Little 1:16.18


1,000-Meter Run

3. Keith Garner 2:59.28

6. Aaron Little 3:09.08


1,600-Meter Run

5. Andrew Liegey 5:31.51

7. Miguel Leon 6:35.67


3,200-Meter Run

4. Zack McBride 13:35.37


55-Meter Hurdles

1. Roland Brandon 8.46

4. Jamal Crews 9.47


4x200-Meter Relay

1. HCHS (J. Crews, Brandon, Dominique Lassister, Richardson) 1:33.50


4x400-Meter Relay

1. HCHS (Brooks, Liegey, Lassiter, M. Leon) 3:43.52


4x800-Meter Relay

2. HCHS (Jermaine Vaughters, M. Leon, Garner, Little) 9:49.91


High Jump

1. Khalil Jones 5-08


Long Jump

4. Devan Richardson 20-03.00

6. Juan Leon 19-01.25


Triple Jump

3. Roland Brandon 39-08.50

5. Jamal Crews 38-08.50


Shot Put

1. Shalar Charlton 45-00.00

3. Tre’ Morgan 41-02.00

4. Treyquan Holt 40-04.00

7. Jairus Marable 37-10.00