by Lee Scripture
Thursday marked the opening of the outdoor track season for Northumberland athletes. They entertained both King and Queen and Lancaster in a tri-meet here. Friday and Saturday they traveled to Christopher Newport University for their Invitational meet, which was also a “state qualifying meet.” This simply means, athletes exceeding a certain standard automatically qualify for the Virginia High School state 1A championships at Radford University.
Thursday here in a chilling wind, the guys won their meet with Northumberland scoring 67, Lancaster 36 and K&Q scoring 26 points. DeQuine Johnson was a quadruple winner with firsts in the
Long jump, 100, 200 and 400 meter races. Augie Swisher was a double winner in the 1600 and 3200 meter events. Broheim Jackson took the 55 meter high hurdle race.
In the ladies meet, Lancaster took first with 75 points, Northumberland scored 52 and K&Q picked up 13. Trinity Bea was triple winner for the Indians with firsts in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races. Khadijah Bea won the 800 meters race and Savannah Blake scored in the long jump.
Friday’s events at CNU were washed out. On Saturday the Indians competed in the Silver Division of small and independent schools.
Trinity Bea won the 400 meter race and also state qualified.
Savannah Blake took third and Khadijah Bea took fifth. For the guys, DeQuine Johnson won the long jump and the 200 meter race, state qualifying in both events. Broheim Jackson competed in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles.