The South County girls defended their outdoor track and field regional title, edging Lake Braddock 94-82 to claim victory at the 6A North meet at Robinson Secondary last Friday. Robinson finished third with a team total of 56 points, while South Lakes was fourth with 53.
Morgan Knight led the way for the Stallions, finishing first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.53 seconds, nearly a full second faster than runner-up Michelle Lipka from West Springfield. The South County senior also placed second in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
Two of Knight’s fellow seniors helped push South County over the top. Kerisha Goode, a transfer from Hayfield Secondary this year, racked up 18 points with top-10 finishes in the 100 dash, 200 dash, long jump and triple jump. EnNijah Majors turned in a personal-best time of 45.30 in the 300 hurdles to finish six-hundredths of a second behind first-place Colleen Davidson of Chantilly. Majors was also part of the Stallions’ relay teams that finished runner-up in the 4x100 and 4x400.
South County will send 17 girls and 12 boys to Newport News this weekend for the 6A state meet.
The Stallions exacted revenge against a Lake Braddock squad that defeated them by 13 points in February’s regional indoor meet. Bruins senior Katie Roche cruised to victory in the 800-meter run (2 minutes 12.97 seconds), while fellow senior Hannah Christen rolled to first place in the 3200 (10:40.69) and second in the 1600 (4:53.30).
West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta broke a 15-year-old meet record by nearly three seconds with her 4:44.82 in the 1600. She joined Katie Kennedy, Jessica Settles and Reagan Bustamante in shattering the 4x800 relay meet record by seven seconds with a time of 9:04.68.
T.C. Williams cruised to first place in the boys meet with a final tally of 108.50. Lake Braddock (79) finished second, while South County (56) finished third.