Mathews track places fourth, ninth at regionals
After qualifying in their respective events at the Tidewater District meet last Wednesday, representatives of the Mathews High School Track team went back to West Point to take part in Friday’s Region A Championships.
Facing off against teams that they had encountered previously, such as King William and West Point, and teams outside the district, such as Nandua, Sussex Central, Franklin and Arcadia, the boys pulled off a fourth-place finish with 37 points, just short of Sussex (41 points) and Middlesex (43 points), but far behind the winning team from Northumberland (77 points), while the girls took ninth place with 20.33 points, with King William winning the regional title.
For the girls, senior Mariah Davis captured a close fifth-place finish in the 400m with a time of 1:07.94. In the 1600m run, senior Sabrina Myers edged into a sixth-place finish in 6:06.96, while senior Nancy Barnhardt took seventh with a time of 6:07.13. Barnhardt would later qualify for states by taking third in the 3200m run with a time of 13:15.41. Shyanne Gordon captured sixth place in the 100m hurdles in 19.35 seconds, while fellow hurdler Vanessa Forrest ended her run with an 11th-place finish and a time of 20.32.
At the discus throw, Amber Cantrell just barely failed to meet the mark for states with a seventh-place finish and a throw of 81’04". In addition, the girls’ 4x400 relay team pulled off an astounding second-place finish with a new best time of 4:41.62.