Sunday, April 22, 2012

PH Girls Win Lee-Davis Invitational; Strong Day for LD, Atlee Boys

At one of the biggest invitational track meets in Virginia in the past four years, Hanover County schools shined.

The Patrick Henry girls squad defeated 30 other schools, including Cosby, to win the team championship. Jessica Shelton and Shyra Molton led the way. Shelton won the 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.61, besting Hanover's MacKenzie Scott who finished second with a 14.82. Lynnell Fisher finished fourth, while Lee-Davis' Rachel Delony placed eighth in the finals. Shelton and Scott would later finish one-two in a photo finish in the 300 Meter Hurdles finals, Shelton winning with a time of 45.94, Scott placing second for the Hawks at 45.96.

Shelton later anchored the 4 X 100 Relay team to victory with a time of 49.32. Lee-Davis placed fourth at 51.04. Molton captured the 100 Meter Dash crown in a tight race with Krista Ferrell of Lafayette High and Micah Hanks of Tabb, finishing at 12.14. Ferrell had a time of 12.21, while Hanks finished at 12.27. Molton was also part of the winning 4 X 100 Relay team with Shelton, Kayla Penn and Brooke Perdue.

Patrick Henry finished with 86 points, 13 points ahead of second place Cosby. Lee-Davis finished ninth in team standings with 28 points, while Hanover came in tenth with 27.

In the boys division, both Lee-Davis and Atlee put in strong performances, with Atlee finishing second to Highland Springs with 63 points, while Lee-Davis was third with 43.

Atlee was anchored by the one-two finish of Nathaniel Hall and Griffin Carmichael in the Boys 1600 Meter Run. Hall was timed at 4:23.42, while Carmichael finished at 4:25.72. The Raiders were strong in field events, including Cole Stout's second place finish in the Discus Throw and third place performance in the Shot Put, Trey Rydel's third place showing in the Pole Vault, and a big victory for Dre Bennett in the High Jump with a leap of 6' 6".

Tyrell Eaton was a scoring machine for Lee-Davis, winning the Triple Jump at 42' 6", winning the 300 Meter Hurdles at 39.14, and finishing fifth in the 110 Meter Hurdles.

Overall, 1,538 athletes entered the 11th annual event with over 30 schools represented.

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