With more changes coming next school year in the way Virginia High School League puts high schools together, Northumberland hosted the last Conference 43 track and field championships last Wednesday. With the constant reminder “Stay hydrated,” the meet was run in 90 degree plus heat.
The final team championships in both the guys and girls went to Lancaster High School with Northumberland coming in second in the team races. The biggest individual plums of Most Outstanding Athlete went to the Indian’s Savannah Blake for the ladies and Dequine Johnson for the guys.
Blake scored 40.5 points in winning both the long and triple jumps, the 300 meter hurdles, anchoring the victorious 4 by 400 relay team and taking a second in the 200 meter race.
Johnson put on another Superman show, winning the 100, 200 and 400 meter races. Taking the triple jump, second in the long jump and a third in the high jump for an amazing 54 point total.
Other firsts by the Indians were Trinity Bea in the 400. The ladies 4 by 400 relay team of Khadijah Bea, Tiffany Taylor, Trinity Bea and Savannah Blake. For the guys, Traven Rice won the 110 meter high hurdles. Seconds went to Khadijah in the 800 and 400 meters and Kendra O’Malley in the 1600. Rice in the 300 meter hurdle and the high jump, Broheim Jackson in the 110 hurdles and the triple jump. Thirds went to Trinity in the 800, Jerquist Morris in the triple jump and Jackson in the 300 hurdles. Team scores for the guys were Lancaster with 149, Northumberland 142, Essex 98, Rappahannock County 45, and Rappahannock (Warsaw) with 29. For the ladies, Lancaster had 142, Northumberland with 101.5, Rappahannock County 93, Essex 67 and Rappahannock with 37.