Hosting Northumberland Indians has success in track and field conference championships, but Red Devils dominate

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Billy Pipkin of Northumberland won the District Championship in 1600m (1 mile) with a time of 4:50.  He also placed 2nd in the 3200 (2 mile) race.

Billy Pipkin of Northumberland won the District Championship in 1600m (1 mile) with a time of 4:50. He also placed 2nd in the 3200 (2 mile) race.

Perhaps the hottest day of the week also saw the hottest action on the track as Northumberland hosted the first-ever Conference # 43 Track and Field Championships. The newly-formed conference is made up of the old Northern Neck district with the addition of Rappahannock County from Washington, Va.

The races on the track weren’t the only ongoing competition. At the last event of the day, the 4×400 relay, was taking place, a swiftly moving storm was also racing in. The final event was completed as the first rain drops fell, the sky darkened and the distant sound of thunder could be heard. The awards ceremonies were moved inside for individual and team trophies were announced.

It was a banner day for the Red Devils of Lancaster County. They won both the boys’ and girls’ team trophies as well as the two Coach of the Year awards with Draper Washington and Joanne Webb-Fary.

And to make it a complete sweep, both the boys’ and girls’ individual athletes of the meet were Tyrell Henderson and Aloni Scott, respectively.

In the boys’ championships, Lancaster scored 188 points. They were followed by Northumberland with 158, Essex with 74, Rappahannock County with 25, Washington and Lee with 21 and Rappahannock High School from Richmond County with eight points.

The girls’ team trophy also went to Lancaster with 136 points. Essex was second with 87, Rappahannock County third with 82 and Northumberland fourth with 74. Washington and Lee scored 49 while Rappahannock had 24 points.

The top six finishers in each individual event plus the top three relay teams advance to the Region 1A East championships this Thursday at Charles City County High School. From there it will be onto the Virginia High School League’s state championships at Radford University the first weekend in June. This will be a two-day event.

—See individual results on B1 in the May 28 edition of the Northumberland Echo!

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