Gloucester High School indoor track athletes had a good first season competing in the new VHSL alignments. The season culminated with two senior athletes—pole vaulter Wendy Sparrer and long jumper Natalia Bueker—earning all-state honors. Sophomore Jasmin Scott also advanced to the state meet.
These three state meet participants wasted no time in setting the bar high early on. In the first meet among former Peninsula District teams on Dec. 9 at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Scott was first in the 500 meter dash with a regional and state meet qualifying time of 1:18.51.
Sparrer also was first in that early meet by clearing 8’6” in the pole vault and qualifying for the regional event. Bueker won the long jump with a leap of 16’6”.
The GHS athletes continued to prepare over four other meets prior to entering the first Conference 10 Indoor Track Meet on Feb. 6 at Boo Williams. The girls placed fourth overall and the GHS boys were fifth.
The conference meet included a sixth place finish in the 3200 meter race by Logan Touchstone in 11:16.17 and Ben Seda at sixth placed in the shot put at 36’1”.
Earning all-conference honors were Lauren Hill, who took fourth in the 1600 meter race in 5:50.37; Mia Robinson, who came in third in the 1000 meter run in 3:27.70 and second in the pole vault at 7’6”; Khadijah Payne, who placed second in the shot put; Scott, who came in first place with 1:21.85 in the 500, and Bueker, who finished first in the long jump with a leap of 17’2”.