The South County girls track and field team had accomplished a lot heading into last weekend’s state indoor meet. They had beaten every local team they faced, dominated districts and regionals, and set numerous records along the way. But they wouldn’t be satisfied until they had achieved something no South County team had ever done since the school’s inception in 2005: bring home a Virginia AAA state championship trophy.
That elusive piece of hardware finally arrived in Lorton last Saturday, thanks largely to yet another spectacular all-around performance from the Stallions’ most dynamic athlete, Felecia Majors. The South County senior put an emphatic stamp on the season’s final meet at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Va., Saturday, helping to account for all 52 of the team’s point total that came out ahead of second-place Lake Braddock’s 39 and third-place Oakton’s 35.
Even with all the individual attention she has received this season, Majors always made it clear her biggest goal this winter was to make sure her team tasted ultimate glory at the state meet. That dream came to fruition Saturday, as South County became the first area girls’ team to win the title in 11 years.
“It was so huge,” Majors said. “We knew that if anyone from this area was going to do it, it was going to be us.”
The Stallions executed several excellent performances over the two-day event. Among them was junior Morgan Knight, who placed ninth in the pole vault and 10th in the 55-meter hurdle finals. Junior Jeonna Taylor finished ninth in the triple jump, and senior Mary Cate Scully placed 13th in the 1600-meter run. Felecia’s sister, junior EnNijah Majors, finished 13th in the 500-meter dash.
At the heart of it all, though, was Felecia Majors, who once again displayed her rare ability to excel in seemingly 10 places at once. Coming off the previous weekend’s Northern Region competition, in which she put up a meet-record 64 points, Majors completed the state meet with wins in the pole vault and long jump to go with three second-place finishes and one fourth-place finish.
The long jump victory was especially eye-popping. With other events ripe for the taking, Majors had the option of forgoing the long jump finals to save energy, but she couldn’t ignore a lofty goal she had set for herself in December after the PR Holiday Invitational in Landover, Md. It was there that she jumped 19 feet 11 inches, setting the best mark in the country. Even with such an impressive feat under her belt, Majors decided to aim for 20 feet before the season was over.
Sure enough, Majors exploded off the board and landed exactly 20 feet into the pit Saturday, one-and-a-half feet further than the second-place mark. It was half-an-inch short of the state meet record, but she wouldn’t complain.
“I was so excited when I jumped 20 feet,” Majors said. “I really wanted to go for the [meet] record. I ended up [coming up half-an-inch short], but I was still satisfied with that.”
Perhaps Majors’ most impressive performance Saturday came in the face of adversity. She came up just short in her favorite event, the 500-meter race, finishing a tenth of a second behind Douglas Freeman’s Mackenzie Kerr. Competing in her fifth event of the day, Majors was hardly racing on fresh legs, but the disappointment was still overwhelming enough to produce plenty of tears afterwards.
Her teammates came to her side and provided the encouragement Majors needed to go back out for the 300-meter event. She returned to the track and ran a personal-best 39.46 seconds to take second and give her team eight more points.
“I’m just so grateful that they were there for me,” Majors said. “Between the [500 and the 300] they were just there for me the entire time just telling me that it’s okay and just bringing my hopes back up. Without them, I don’t think I would have been able to go back out there and run [the 300].”
Majors followed that with her final event for the day, the 4x400 meter relay. Joining EnNijah, Widey Dubuisson and Kierra Rountree, Majors ran the anchor leg to help the unit claim sixth place.
“I don’t know how she did it,” South County coach TD Holsclaw said. “She’s a freak of nature sometimes. That’s what great athletes do — they bounce back.”
Holsclaw’s team didn’t have much time to soak in the celebration, as practice for the outdoor track and field season began Monday. Majors and company are now re-starting their engines with the aim of besting last spring’s third-place finish in the state meet.
“It’d be nice if we could pull off the outdoor one too,” Holsclaw said.