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Comets track teams qualify for regional tournament

The Halifax County High School outdoor track team will be out in force at the Northwest Region Track and Field championships, with 33 athletes competing in 26 events.

A number of individuals and teams are coming off their best performances of the season at the Western Valley District Meet, and Coach Mary Douglas is optimistic both the girls and boys teams will match that effort or do even better at the Northwest Region meet.

“I thought they did very well overall, and we had some of our best performances,” said Douglas when reviewing the team’s results at the district meet.

Both the Comets’ boys and girls track teams recorded third-place finishes at the district meet, but the boys team was without Devan Richardson, who was nursing a slight injury, according to Douglas.

“We probably could have done a little better in the boys meet, but Devan Richardson did not run, and we pulled him out of the 100, 200 and 4x100,” said Douglas.

Ashley Hill won the triple jump with her best jump of the season at districts, Tyrika Lee won the 100-meter dash, and the girls 4x400-meter relay team knocked almost a minute off their time at the district meet, and Douglas noted.

The girls and boys 4x100-meter relay teams both won their events, Shalar Charlton won the shot put, and Roland Brandon won the 110-meter hurdles at the district meet.

Richardson has already qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, and the boys 4x100 relay team also has qualified for the state meet, Douglas pointed out.

Lee ran her fastest times of the season at districts, and Douglas thinks she has a solid chance of advancing to the state meet in the 100- and 200-meter dash events, as does the girls 4x100 relay team. 

Sheraine Claughton jumped her best in triple jump and has potential for the state meet in that event, while Anissia Coleman had her best time in the 300 hurdles at the district meet, as did Marquis Lampkin in the 110 hurdles, Douglas noted.


The Northwest Region Outdoor Track & Field Championships are Friday and Saturday at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville.