The Northumberland Indians Indoor Track team proved once again that numbers aren’t always the best thing. This year’s team follows in the footsteps of some of those in the past, “The Few, The Proud and The Mighty” competing in the Virginia High School League’s lA/2A State Indoor Track championships this past week at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. The Indians placed nineteenth among 41 schools in the boys division and seventeenth of the 41 schools represented in the ladies section.
Traven Rice was a double medal winner and the only guy from the Indians team. Rice, a junior, took fourth in high jump with a leap of six foot. The jump established a new indoor school record. Those who beat him this year are all seniors. Rice also placed fourth in the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 8.38, his personal best.
On the ladies side, the four by 800 meter relay team of Khadijah Bea, Savannah Blake, Addie Swisher and Trinity Bea placed fifth with a time of 10:5.6, which is also a new school indoor record.
Individually, Trinity Bea took an eighth in the 500 meters with 1:27.19 clocking. In the 300 meter dash, Blake took seventh with a 44.97 time. Trinity Bea placed eleventh in the same event with 45.91 time.
The top three schools in the guys division were Auburn, Prince Edward County, and The Maggie Walker Governor’s School. For the ladies Maggie Walker took first followed by Wilson Memorial and Brunswick County. Northumberland fans need to realize in a 1A/2A meet, the Indians are competing against larger schools. Plus The Maggie Walker Governor’s School is allowed to recruit athletes from the entire Richmond area, something no other public school can do legally.