TRACK: The Lee-Davis boys outdoor track and field team repeated as 5A State Champions Saturday at Todd Stadium in Newport News, scoring 60 total points to defeat runner-up Hermitage by twelve.
The Confederates clinched the crown by winning the meet's final event, the Boys 4 X 400 Relay, in 3:21.82. Sam Franklin, Jeremiah Hankerson, Sheldon Harris and JJ Jordan led the charge. Hermitage placed sixth in the event.
Jordan joined Blake Stattelman, DJ Petty and John Everett in the 4 X 100 Relay, taking fourth overall in 42.90. Petty proceeded to win the Boys 110 Hurdles in 14.74, the only hurdler to break fifteen seconds during the finals. Stattelman and Petty took fourth and fifth respectively in the long jump for nine critical team points.
Michael Doggett and Josh Grant earned eight points, finishing fourth and sixth in the pole vault, Doggett clearing fourteen feet. Bryce Simpson of Atlee won the pole vault crown at 14 feet, nine inches. Connor Scott took second overall in the discus with a throw of 168 feet, 10 inches. Scott was seventh in Friday's shot put competition, won by Atlee's Austin Cannon with a final throw of 54 feet, 7 3/4 inches.
The Atlee girls came back to Hanover with what they wanted so badly last year, a State Championship, winning the 5A title with 68 points, fourteen better than runner-up Hampton. Patrick Henry placed seventh overall with 24 points.
It was an emotional win for the Raiders, who competed in Newport News without longtime head coach Jim Triemplar, who is still recovering from a stroke suffered days after receiving a pacemaker in early May.
Carly Feyerabend ended her Raider career with a state title in the 100 meter hurdles (14.43), besting teammate India Lowe by just .15 of a second. Zaliah Carey placed fifth, as the Raiders earned 22 points in the event, nearly a third of their team total. Feyerabend placed second Friday in the high jump.
Lowe returned to the track and won a title herself, the 300 Hurdles, in 43.71.
Chloe Bavin ended her Atlee career with a strong third place in the 1600 at 5:09.79
Jean Woodrum of Patrick Henry won the girls discus with a throw of 113 feet, three inches. Patriot Tiffany Harris placed second in the 400 Meters in 55.89.
BASEBALL: Hanover fell behind early and could not stop a Glen Allen offensive tidal wave as the Jaguars defeated the Hawks in the 4A South Region Championship 15-4 Saturday afternoon at RF&P Park in Glen Allen.
The Hawks now set their sights on defending their 4A State Championship, facing Fauquier on Friday at noon in the second of two 4A State Semifinals at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Glen Allen plays Jefferson Forest in the first game at 9am. Winners play for the title Saturday at 10am.
SOFTBALL: Another strong season of Hanover softball came to a close just a win shy of a state tournament appearance of their own, falling 3-1 at Deep Creek in Chesapeake Saturday in the 4A South Region Semifinals. The Hawks complete their season at 15-6 and will return everyone in 2016 except Eryn King and Kristin Wilcox.
Atlee, coming off an emotional win over Lee-Davis Friday night to clinch a 5A State Tournament berth, fell just shy of the 5A South Region crown, falling to Hickory 1-0 in the finals Saturday afternoon. A solo home run was the margin of defeat.
The Raiders will now play the winner of the 5A North Region Championship game Monday between Patrick Henry and Briar Woods in a 5A State Semfinal Friday at 3:30pm at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. The Patriots host Briar Woods Monday starting at 6pm in Ashland.
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