As the 2012-13 school year came to a close, it looked like the end of an era for the South County girls track team. Felecia Majors, the multidimensional talent who spearheaded the Stallions’ indoor and outdoor state championships, was set to compete for the University of Tennessee in the fall, leaving her teammates a huge void to fill in the coming year.
Enter Kerisha Goode, a Hayfield Secondary transfer who has stepped into a leading role at South County in her senior year. Goode lives within walking distance of South County and decided to transfer to the school in part so that she could better prepare herself for track and field at the next level.
Her impact on the team was immediate, as she qualified for states in four events in her first meet of the season.
“I wouldn’t say I’m the new Felecia, but I would definitely say that I’m helping out the team in areas that they needed help in,” said Goode, who’s committed to run at Virginia Military Institute next year. “I think I’m contributing to the team just as everyone else is. We’re doing everything we can do to win.”
Goode’s victories in the long jump and 55-meter dash helped the Stallions edge Lake Braddock 153.5-145 to defend their Conference 7 indoor title last month.
“I’ve become more consistent here,” she said. “It’s more organized, and it’s more like a family than just a bunch of people running track. We are all working towards the same goal, we all want the same outcome. At Hayfield it was just me. I was the only one who wanted to take track further than high school.”
Goode shined again at the 6A North Region Track and Field Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex on Wednesday. She won the long jump (17 feet 5 inches) and 55-meter dash (7.19 seconds) — both personal records — and served as the third leg on her team’s 4x200 meter relay, which recorded a winning time of 1 minute 44.42 seconds.
That relay team included University of Arizona commit Maryn Wood, another senior transfer who came to South County from Centreville High in January. The 4x200 performance was all the more impressive considering it was the first time Wood had run alongside Goode, EnNijah Majors and anchor Morgan Knight in that event.
Still, it wasn’t good enough to beat Lake Braddock again. The Stallions ended up with 69 points, a distant runner-up to Lake Braddock’s winning total of 82. The Bruins got excellent performances all over the place Wednesday, including a first-place finish from Rachael Fasana in the pole vault and a runner-up finish from Hannah Christen in the 3200-meter run. Freshman Skyla Davidson won the triple jump and claimed third in the 55 dash.
“It was a total team effort. There’s nothing that we didn’t do well today,” said Lake Braddock coach Bill Digby, whose team will vie to overcome South County and Western Branch at the state meet March 1st. “I had no thoughts that we were going to win this meet unless we were out-of-our-skulls good.”
The Chantilly boys (56) edged T.C. Williams (55) and Robinson (54) to pick up their first indoor track team title. Like the Lake Braddock girls, Chantilly received contributions all over the board Wednesday, adding to the confidence they built in winning the Conference 5 title by 98 points a few weeks ago.
“We’ve got a really deep team this year,” Chantilly co-head coach Jason Franks said. “On previous teams we’ve had a couple studs that got first place in certain events, but we didn’t always have those five, six places down below that are really important.”